Rock Climbing Anchor Building Course in Tahoe

Take your climbing skills to the next level with our anchor building course in Tahoe. You'll learn the essential techniques and equipment necessary to build strong and secure anchors while climbing. Our program is designed for climbers with some experience who want to expand their knowledge and climb more efficiently.
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Itinerary
Prerequisites
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Gear

We'll cover the following topics and skills:

  • Objectives - This course is geared toward building rock climbing anchors and the gear you will need in order to do so! This course will teach you the most efficient and appropriate techniques given the type of gear you have and where you'd like to build your anchor.
  • Skills
    • Traditional Anchors
    • Sport Anchors
    • Tree/Rock Anchors (Natural)
    • Gear placement

Here's the schedule for your course:

  • 8:00 am - Meet your guide at the trailhead

  • 8:30 am - We'll spend the full day learning to build rock climbing anchors

  • 12:00pm - Lunch on the go
  • 3:00pm - Course ends
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Here are the skills and fitness you'll need for your course:

  • Basic Rope Skills - It is recommended that you can create the following knots prior to the course:
    • Overhand on a bight
    • Figure 8 on a bight
    • Figure 8 follow through
    • Clove hitch
    • Double Fisherman

  • Basic Fitness - Able to spend an active day outside, moving uphill at 1,000’ per hour for durations of roughly 1 hour between breaks. Participants should be able to hike 3-5 miles and climb 1,000-1,500 vertical feet throughout the course of the day.

Here's what's included with your course:

  • Experienced AMGA Trained Guide
  • Ropes and gear for training
  • Group safety gear - your guide will be equipped with snow science tools and a first aid kit
  • Wag bags for human waste disposal - in with compliance 'Leave No Trace' principles
Not Included
  • Meals
  • Transportation
  • Climbing Harness, Shoes, Helmet
  • Guide Gratuities

The gear list for your program depends on your level of skill, experience, and your goals for the day(s).

For most programs, including Anchor Building, the Single Pitch Rock Climbing Gear Guide is perfectly suitable.


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SKILL LEVELBeginner
ELEVATION7,000-8,000'
LocationTahoe - Donner Summit

Price/Person $250.00
Private Programs
Duration: 1 Day
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Private Programs

Blackbird Mountain Guides offers both scheduled group programs and private programs.

Private programs are simply above and beyond what Blackbird Mountain Guides currently has scheduled. Scheduled courses are not always less expensive. Before booking a trip with Blackbird Mountain Guides, clients are encouraged to review the differences between these types of programs, and to decide what works best for them.

SCHEDULED PROGRAMS

Scheduled Programs have fixed dates, itineraries, objectives, curriculum, and costs. They typically appeal to solo individuals or small groups or who are looking to share the cost of their program with a larger group. Correspondingly, scheduled programs are less expensive for smaller groups (1-2), and they provide the opportunity to meet others with similar interests. If you have a large group (3+), Scheduled programs will often be more expensive. They can fill up quickly, and scheduling flexibility is obviously limited.

Scheduled programs will have advertised dates. All scheduled programs can be run as private programs with private dates/rates as well.

PRIVATE PROGRAMS

Private programs have scheduling freedom. They typically appeal to those who would like some flexibility in planning their own trip or course. In this regard, Itineraries and objectives can be tailored to suit current conditions as well as client goals. Private programs are normally less expensive for larger groups (3+). If you have a small group (1-2) private programs will be more expensive.

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Full Itinerary
Meet around 8AM and spend a full day learning to build rock climbing anchors!

We'll cover the following topics and skills:

  • Objectives - This course is geared toward building rock climbing anchors and the gear you will need in order to do so! This course will teach you the most efficient and appropriate techniques given the type of gear you have and where you'd like to build your anchor.
  • Skills
    • Traditional Anchors
    • Sport Anchors
    • Tree/Rock Anchors (Natural)
    • Gear placement

Here's the schedule for your course:

  • 8:00 am - Meet your guide at the trailhead

  • 8:30 am - We'll spend the full day learning to build rock climbing anchors

  • 12:00pm - Lunch on the go
  • 3:00pm - Course ends
View Detailed Course Itinerary

Here are the skills and fitness you'll need for your course:

  • Basic Rope Skills - It is recommended that you can create the following knots prior to the course:
    • Overhand on a bight
    • Figure 8 on a bight
    • Figure 8 follow through
    • Clove hitch
    • Double Fisherman

  • Basic Fitness - Able to spend an active day outside, moving uphill at 1,000’ per hour for durations of roughly 1 hour between breaks. Participants should be able to hike 3-5 miles and climb 1,000-1,500 vertical feet throughout the course of the day.

Here's what's included with your course:

  • Experienced AMGA Trained Guide
  • Ropes and gear for training
  • Group safety gear - your guide will be equipped with snow science tools and a first aid kit
  • Wag bags for human waste disposal - in with compliance 'Leave No Trace' principles
Not Included
  • Meals
  • Transportation
  • Climbing Harness, Shoes, Helmet
  • Guide Gratuities

The gear list for your program depends on your level of skill, experience, and your goals for the day(s).

For most programs, including Anchor Building, the Single Pitch Rock Climbing Gear Guide is perfectly suitable.

Epic Reviews From Adventurers

2 reviews
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Excellent rock anchor building course!

    I took the Anchor Building course and it was excellent. The full day allowed for lots of content and practice, and we even climbed an easy route and got to see how these skills would be used on a multi-pitch outing. I highly recommend their courses.

    Elena S.
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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Learned so much!

    Had an awesome time at the Intro to Anchor Building course at Donner Summit. I feel much closer to my goal of being the most experienced member of a group during an outdoor climb, and being able to assure others of safe practices. We learned so much about redundant anchor systems and Trad gear placement, and the course was introductory enough for those just transitioning from gym climbing, but informative enough for experienced sport climbers to gain substantial knowledge about trad anchors. Zeb was an informative and patient instructor during the academic portion of the class. After the academic portion we tested the skills we learned in my first multi-pitch climb, which alone was an incredible experience. It was very assuring to climb with a highly experienced guide, that took time to explain safety checks, not only to make us feel safe, but to ensure that we gain the knowledge to becoming independent Trad and sport climbers. I am looking forward to more skill building courses, and adventure Rock and Alpine climbs with Blackbird Mountain Guides!

    Andrew Q.
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