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Top Rope Anchors Clinic

  • Tufas Boulder Lounge 1614 N 5th St Philadelphia, PA, 19119 United States (map)

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The Philadelphia Chapter of the AAC is excited to announce a top-rope anchors clinic as part of our expanding educational programming. We welcome novice and intermediate climbers who are interested in gaining more experience with anchors for top-rope climbing outdoors. Participants will receive first-hand experience in building a top-rope anchors on bolts or (simulated) trees under the supervision of experienced AAC educational instructors. The clinic will take place at Tufas Boulder Lounge on Wednesday January 23rd at 7 pm and costs $20 for AAC members and $25 for non-members. The clinic registration cost includes a climbing day pass for Tufas.



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Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to use the EARNEST acronym to evaluate top-rope anchors

  • Learn how to construct an EARNEST anchor on bolts or trees while staying safe when approaching the edge of the cliff

Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in outdoor top-roping at places like Livezey Rock, Ralph Stover, the Gunks, etc. This clinic will be useful for climbers interested in transitioning from the gym to the crag, people looking for a refresher, and those interested in becoming more efficient and safe!

Things to Bring

Harness, rock shoes, belay device.

Pre-requisite Knowledge to Attend

Must know how to safely belay and tie a figure-eight knot.

Additional Resources

American Alpine Club- Know the Ropes publication about anchors.

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Earlier Event: November 10
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Later Event: February 2
No Man's Land Festival (SOLD OUT)