LOCATIONS, TIMES, & REGISTRATION
2 people: $330 per person
3 people: $220 per person
4+ people: $165 per person
The Anchors I course is a beginner rock climbing top rope anchor building class. This course expands on previously learned climbing skills and now teaches you how to build proper top rope site anchors. We teach this class in Joshua Tree National Park which as one of the premier climbing areas in the World lends itself well to an anchors class. The tough quartz rock in Joshua Tree demands a level of excellence and redundancy in anchor construction. Time will spent using hexcentrics, tri-cams, and stoppers in addition to rock & bush anchors where available.
Contact ATS prior to purchasing your airline tickets to confirm the trip has the minimum number of participants required to operate.
Closest Airport: Burbank (BUR), Burbank, CA
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
While each course varies in exact meeting location and time, all Rock Climbing courses will take place within the Joshua Tree National Park. Upon registration of course, a packet will be emailed to the student with further details on the details of the course.
TRAVEL AND OTHER INFORMATION
• Professional Instruction
• Technical canyoneering equipment
• Leave No Trace Ethics Card
• Sample rope and webbing
• Transportation from your home town to the group meeting point
• Insurance of any kind
After meeting the instructor and checking out gear, we will spend the first half of the day at an on-site ground school working on proper placements and equalization of rock climbing protection including: placing passive and active protection (spring loaded camming devices, stoppers, tri-cams, hexcentrics, nuts, etc..). We will also discuss route selection, top rope anchor site selections, and assessing and backing up fixed anchors. The remaining part of the day will be spent atop a cliff building basic anchor systems, and then climbing on the work we have done. If time permits, we'll cover antique gear including broken and misused gear and anchors. Anchors II is recommended before leading groups of friends out on the rock.
Rock Climbing is a marathon not a sprint. There is typically a several mile hike into a canyon route while wearing a 20-30 pound backpack. This hike will at some points be on uneven terrain and at other times on an established trail. Between rappels in canyon you will have to hike and potentially do assisted down climbs on uneven terrain. You will potentially be exposed to cold water, high air temps, poisionous plants and animals, and adverse weather conditions.
We have taken clients as young as 12 and as old as 72 into routes. Our main stipulation is you must fit within the size requirements for a harness (typically under a size 40 waist and under 350 pounds). Beyond that you should possess a general fitness level and enjoy hiking in the outdoors. If you have a specific question about the sport please contact us.
Student must have also completed our Level 1, Intro to Rock Climbing Course prior to this course.
WHAT TO BRING
ITEMS PROVIDED BY ATS UPON REQUEST
• Rock Climbing Shoes
• All Technical Gear
• Personal Climbing Harness
• Personal Belay Device
ITEMS PROVIDED STUDENT
• Comfortable clothes that can be layered. (Loose fitting jeans/pants/shorts)
• Fleece Top
• High Caloric Lunch
• 2 Liters of Water
• Medications/Glasses/Extra • Contacts
• After Rock Climbing Clothes