Gear & Anchor Class - With Richard from the Outdoor Adventure Club

Gear & Anchor Class - With Richard from the Outdoor Adventure Club
Do you want to set up top rope anchors for you and your friends? Do you climb with friends who are setting up anchors? Do you know if their anchors are good, or do you just trust them blindly?

This class is much more than a basic anchoring class, but is perfect for people who have never set up an anchor before.

The objective of the Gear & Anchor Class is to give you the skills and tools you need to set up your own climbing anchors when you go climbing with your friends. By the end of this one day, hands on class, you'll be able to set up anchors ranging from simple two-bolt anchors to complicated anchors using trees, cams, nuts, etc. You'll also be able to set up anchors that are significant distances from the climb. You'll have all the skills you'll need to set up any top rope climb in the bay area.
Topics covered include:
• Setting up simple 2-bolt anchors
• Setting up simple 3-bolt anchors
• Learning how nuts, cams, hexes work, how to place them, and how to critique their placement
• Setting up anchors off of trees, boulders, belay poles, etc.
• Setting up anchors using 4, 5, or more pieces of gear
• Extending anchors when the climb is far away from the bolts/gear
• Tying knots (you can do it!) Fisherman's, Clove hitch, Overhand and 8 on a bight, Water knot

Richard Bothwell, CFO (Chief Fun Officer), Program Director and Owner of Outdoor Adventure Club, will be teaching this all day, hands-on class. Richard has been trained by the AMGA, and has been teaching climbing classes for over 16 years. He is passionate about teaching and making sure you're learning the material. Climbers of all experience levels will benefit from this class.
The class is all day (8:30-5:00). We'll be squeezing in as much information as possible, and working on applying the skills taught in realistic scenarios. It's entirely likely that we'll extend the class an hour or so to make sure you get plenty of time to learn, practice, and ask questions.

Cost: $70 per person
The class is being offered and taught by the guides of the Outdoor Adventure Club.

Registration instructions:
1. To register for the class you need to RSVP here, then pay for the class using the Paypal button on the Outdoor Adventure Club website here: Outdoor Adventure Club GYCO registration page

You are not confirmed in the class until you make payment arrangements on the Outdoor Adventure Club site.
2. The minimum number of attendees is 3 people for this class to take place
3. The maximum number of attendees is 10 for one instructor and 16 for 2 instructors. Thus when waiting list becomes long, the class may open for more attendee, depending on availability of instructors.

If you have any questions about the class, please contact Richard through the meetup or via email at [masked]

What to bring:
1. Feel free to bring your own anchoring gear if you have some, but don't feel obligated. We'll have everything you need to build all the anchors during the class. If you do bring your own gear, please make sure it is well marked.
2. Lunch/snacks & water
3. Sunscreen
4. Appropriate clothing for the weather
5. A desire to learn and be an active participant.
Note: Climbing is serious & dangerous so if you choose to attend climb at your own risk. GYCO or is not liable or responsible for any injuries you may incur.
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  • SarahB

    I *loved* this class! Richard was an amazing teacher and we covered a ton of material. Most importantly, I now feel like I can confidently set up top rope anchors that I'd be happy to climb on. Highly recommended, and I'd definitely take another one of Richard's classes!

    1 · March 3, 2013

  • Neal S.

    I signed up as an observer because I have experience with anchors and did not want to take a spot from someone if the attendees were maxed out. Since they are not, I am planning on attending as an attendee (one can never know too much about anchors and the chance to learn from a pro is appealing) and just paid on-line. Richard, I got a bounce email from you a few minutes ago (likely because I had not paid yet, its been a busy day) but think the payment went through (did not see a confirmation of any sort). If it did not we can square up tomorrow.

    March 1, 2013

    • Richard B.

      Hey Neal, I totally got the observer angle. I thought it was cool of you to keep the spot open for someone else who may need more info. I think we're all good. We received the payment. did you get my emails with details?

      March 1, 2013

  • Kelsey K.

    Hey, i'm super stoked for this class but i'm having trouble paying. i am getting an error message that say paypal can't process payment due to a problem with the seller's website..

    February 27, 2013

    • Richard B.

      Hey Kelsey, did you use the button in the email I sent, or the link on our website? I just tried and it seems to be working OK for me. Try using the button on this page: http://outdooradventu...­

      February 27, 2013

  • Richard B.

    Hey everybody, I'm fired up for the class this weekend! The payment link is up on the Outdoor Adventure Club site now:

    February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anybody planning to drive over from the city? I can ride my bike, but would need to leave w/ enough time.

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Neal S.

    I'd like to attend (as an observer) so that I don't take a spot away from someone else with less anchoring experience who could benefit from the class

    February 25, 2013

  • Michael D.

    The link to pay for class will be added later today. Stay tuned :)

    February 25, 2013

  • SarahB

    Can I do a +1?

    February 25, 2013

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