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

Gear & Anchor Class - With Richard of 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 will prepare you to build anchors and/or be able to make good decisions about climbing on other people's anchors.

This full day class is much more than a basic anchoring class. It's really three classes combined into one full day:

• Knots -you can tie knots, if you have good instruction!

• Placing gear- we'll get you started placing trad gear

• Anchoring-  Most of the day is spent building anchors. You will be building anchors ranging from simple  2- bolt anchors to complex situations.  You'll use the knots you learn as well as build anchors on gear you place during the class.

At the end of the day, 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, Bunny Ears Knot

Meet your instructor:

Richard Bothwell, CFO (Chief Fun Officer),  Guide, Program Director and Owner of Outdoor Adventure Club, will be teaching this all day, hands-on class. Richard is certified by the AMGA as a Single Pitch Instructor and has been teaching climbing classes for over 18 years. He is also a backcountry snowboard guide, and AIARE avalanche educator. He's climbed 4 of the "7 summits", climbed extensively in Peru,  as well as as well as hundreds of routes in California. Teaching outdoor skills is what he does for a living, and he is passionate about teaching and making sure you're learning the material. You're in good hands!

 Climbers of all experience levels will benefit from this class.
The class is all day (9:00-5:00). 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: $79 per person
The class is being offered and taught by the guides of the Outdoor Adventure Club. The Outdoor Adventure Club is a professional guide service with permits, insurance, and 17 years of experience.

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.
Questions? Suggestions?

For more information on Richard's classes through the Outdoor Adventure Club, go here:


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  • Dan F.

    Richard Bothwell is an awesome teacher. Highly recommended!

    1 · July 22, 2014

  • Richard B.

    Hey everybody, Just a reminder to confirm your place in the class by paying for the class on the Outdoor Adventure Club website. Here's a link:

    Any unconfirmed YES RSVP will be changed to a NO RSVP on Wednesday evening, so we can keep the spots open for anyone who is ready to confirm their place.

    Let me know if you have any questions

    July 16, 2014

    • Charishma G.

      Hi I just paid for this class and want to confirm the location for this meet up and how to find the group. Thank you.

      July 19, 2014

    • Richard B.

      Hey charishma, email me at [masked] for details

      July 19, 2014

  • Matthew P.

    Is anyone going driving from the city and could give me a ride? Otherwise I will take the Bart and ride out to Cragmont... Let me know!

    July 18, 2014

    • Vanessa B.

      I'm coming from the Richmond district and could give you a ride. Where could I pick you up? Text me at[masked] if you want to take me up on the offer. :)

      July 19, 2014

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