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Bay Area Rock Climbing Message Board › New Meetup: Gear & Anchor Course presented by the Outdoor Adventure Club

New Meetup: Gear & Anchor Course presented by the Outdoor Adventure Club

A former member
I'm continuing with offering up various safety classes via our friends in the Outdoor Adventure Club. This is a great class for everyone to not only setup sport climbing anchors but to better assess anchors you may be climbing on but setup by others. Climbing can be a safe sport but staying safe requires knowledge and this is an excellent class to gain valuable knowledge for the safety of yourself and others.

Announcing a new Meetup for Bay Area Rock Climbing!

What: Gear & Anchor Course presented by the Outdoor Adventure Club

When: August 30, 2009 9:00 AM

Price: $99.00 per person

Castle Rock SP
15000 Skyline Blvd
Los Gatos, CA 95033-8291

Our friends at the Outdoor Adventure Club offer various climbing safety classes that are conducted in the Bay Area. These are formal classes with professional trained AMGA guides. As such, these are not free events but highly recommended for brushing up or learning new skills to climb safely. They have generously offered up OAC member prices for Meetup members. Read the details below but for any additional questions regarding this class and other OAC classes, please contact Richard at

Class information:
This all day, hands on course is designed for anyone who is climbing outdoors. This is very much a "hands on" course, and by the end of the day you will have the knowledge to be able to set up top rope anchors in a variety of situations. Throughout the day you will learn the components of a solid anchor and practice constructing anchors under the watchful eye of a professional climbing guide.

This class will take people who have never built an anchor and prepare them to build anchors on their own, but climbers with more experience building anchors always gain more knowledge from this class, too.

Everyone in the class will get to keep a cordolette, too!

Climbing is limited, if at all on this class. You can bring (or we can provide) shoes, harness and helmet, but you'll get more use out of a Crazy Creek chair than climbing shoes today.

What you'll learn:
*How to build anchors in a variety of situations, using bolts, cracks, trees, etc.
*Knots- clove hitch, water knot, double fisherman's, bunny ears
*Differences and properties of cord and webbing, and when to use one over the other
*Differences and properties of nylon and Spectra® and when to use one over the other
*How things fail- so you learn what not to do!
*How to place gear and critique a gear placement
*How to extend anchors
*What to look for in other people's anchors before you trust them!

What's provided:
*A full day of instruction from an AMGA or MLTE trained guide
*All the climbing gear and equipment necessary for the course
*Course handout with valuable information, including a recommended gear list for setting up your own anchors
* A cordolette you can keep and use for your own anchors after the class!

Things to bring:
*We provide all climbing gear necessary for the course. You are welcome to bring your own anchoring gear if you wish, but please have it clearly marked.
*lunch and water for the day
*Dress in layers. Castle Rock can be sweltering or chilly
*A notebook and pen

$99 for OAC members and Meetup members (To get the discounted price, RSVP through meetup, and I will contact you)

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