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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),  Guide, 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 (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: $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.
Questions? Suggestions?

For more information on Richard's classes go here:


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  • Richard B.

    It was great to see so many people interested in climbing safely and improving their skills!

    October 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Richard. I have to come to your next class. Some personal things came up for the weekend and I have obligations outside of climbing and social life.

    I hope someone on the wait list can fill my spot!

    October 4, 2013

  • Richard B.

    Hey Jay and Paolo, Welcome to the class!
    To get confirmed in the class, you need to register and pay on the Outdoor Adventure Club website, here:
    Can you take care of that today, so we can confirm your spots? If you've changed your mind about attending, please change your RSVP to "no", so someone else can take your place.
    Let me know if you have any questions

    October 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hope to make it out!

    October 1, 2013

  • Brian

    Hello Richard, will we need personal gear at all (harness, shoes, etc.)?

    September 29, 2013

    • Richard B.

      Hey Brian, personal climbing gear is optional. If you have hardware, double length runners, cordolettes and/or static rope, feel free to bring it, but I'll have all the gear necessary for the day.

      October 1, 2013

  • Richard B.

    Hey everyone,
    If you're confirmed on the class, you should receive an email from Jennifer in the Outdoor Adventure Club office, with the class details and a link to the class handout. Let me know if you have any questions about the class, and I'll be looking forward to seeing you all next weekend!

    September 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey I am new to the group. Are there minimum requirements for this class? I have been climbing indoors for a few months but haven't gone outdoor yet. Do you think this class will help me be more prepared for the outdoor climbing?

    September 22, 2013

    • Richard B.

      Hey Ankit, There really aren't any hard prerequisites. Theoretically you can take this class without ever having climbed before, but some indoor climbing experience is fine. This class will definitely prepare you for outdoor climbing, from the perspective of being able to build anchors and/or being able to critique the anchors that others build, so you can make educated decisions about whether you feel safe climbing on them or not.

      September 24, 2013

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