Basic Natural Anchors Workshop

Sponsored and hosted by San Juan Mountain Guides who will conduct the workshop.

A workshop all about inspecting and building basic NATURAL ANCHORS.
'Do you leave your anchors in the canyon?'
Join this workshop and get the answer to that as well as tips, tricks and training on how to build and inspect basic NATURAL ANCHORS for Canyoneering!

· Did you know that you can kill a tree if you don't use the right anchoring method?
· We will discuss the difference between single-point and multi-point anchors but will only learn SINGLE-POINT ANCHORS.
· We will learn the difference between Natural, Transient, Retrievable and Artificial Anchors, but we will only learn how to inspect and build NATURAL ANCHORS.
· We will learn about rapides, rap rings and webbing; and we'll learn the most common knots and bends used in webbing for anchor building.
· We will learn the benefits and detriments of a girth hitch and when and why to use or not-to-use it.
· We will learn a little about how FRICTION is our friend in regards to anchors.
· We will discuss theories and techniques used on Marginal Anchors vs. Bomber Anchors.
· And, we will learn the acronym DEAR and how to use it to assess a single-point, natural anchor.
In this half-day workshop we'll also learn and get to PRACTICE:
· How to use and not hurt a BFR (Big Friendly Tree) as an anchor
· How to use a BFR (Big Friendly Rock) as an anchor
· How to build a Cairn Anchor
· How to build a Deadman Anchor
· How to build Rock Chock and Knot Chock Anchors
This workshop involves NO RAPPELLING, NO ROPES and NO RIGGING, and none of the other topics that are thoroughly covered in a Technical Canyoneering Course ... This workshop covers NOTHING BUT NATURAL ANCHORS! This workshop is in no way a substitute for a Technical Canyoneering Course. This workshop will, however, provide you with some knowledge and skills that can make taking the full course more beneficial.

This workshop is open to everyone .. so invite your friends, your teenage kids, your spouse to join.

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  • Jerry Y.

    I thought this was a valuable clinic. We covered a lot of ground in just over three hours. Dan was very knowledgeable, and a great communicator.

    August 16, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    3 hours very well spent Lots of good questions dispelled some myths or at least questioned them. One of those myths is the role of friction in an anchor system.

    August 16, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    As much as I think I know . . . there is so much more to learn.

    July 24, 2013

  • Klaus G.

    That language looks familiar. Glad you can use it!

    1 · July 23, 2013

    • Greg F.

      The words were too good to pass up. Thanks for your understanding and support.

      July 23, 2013

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