Top-Rope Anchors (1-day)
Building your own Top Rope climbing anchors is an essential skill for outdoor rock climbing. Even if you climb with partners who build the TR anchors, you need to be able to assess the anchors you are climbing on. You will be learning from our professional ACMG Guides in Squamish in order to gain a solid understanding and ability to build your own Top Rope systems. Techniques learned on this course can be used in any common climbing area such as Squamish, Skaha, Leavenworth or elsewhere.
- Our Squamish Rock Top-Rope Climbing Anchors and systems course is designed to help climbers develop a strong foundation of skills required for outdoor top-rope rock climbing in areas such as the Smoke Bluffs in Squamish, Cheakamus Canyon, Skaha Bluffs in Penticton, etc.
Skills covered will include:
- Comprehensive review and practice of safety systems for top-rope climbing systems
- Anchor construction skills for top-rope climbing systems
- Belaying techniques for various climbing situations: top-down belays, belays for lead climbers, multi-pitch belay considerations, and use of different devices/methods
- Rappelling methods
- Movement technique development specific to outdoor climbing: slab/friction climbing, crack climbing, etc
- Route finding and guidebook interpretation
The Top-Rope Anchor Systems course is conducted in Squamish, BC, located approximately 1 hour by highway north of Vancouver. Participants will be responsible for getting to and from Squamish each day.
The course meets at the Squamish Adventure Centre, located on the East side of Highway 99 just past the entrance to downtown Squamish. The climbing sites we use are in the Smoke Bluffs Park, all within a short walking distance of the Adventure Centre. You will meet your group at 0800, unless otherwise instructed.Squamish Adventure Centre Map:
Our Squamish Rock Climbing programs are taught by some of the best climbers and Guides in Canada. All are certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) and each one has a passion for teaching that will inspire you in your climbing pursuits.
Visit Guides and Instructors Page for complete details and background on each of our Guide Team.
Our Rock courses start at 0800 with a meeting of the climbing team and your guide. You will spend about 30 minutes going over course objectives, introductions, planning the day and finishing paperwork, then you will head directly to the climbing site.
The first half of the day you will learn and review all aspects of outdoor top rope systems:
- route selection and site safety
- knots and hitches used in TR anchors
- artificial and natural anchor construction (bolts, trees, gear, etc)
- belaying and communication
- guide book interpretation
The afternoon session will have each participant building Top Rope systems on a variety of different climbs. You will have an opportunity to practice and perfect all the new skills under direct supervision of your Instructor.
Throughout the course you will have ample opportunity to practice the skills you are learning. With our low instructor to student ratio you will benefit from the direct and instant feedback from your Instructor.
Questions about Squamish Rock Climbing courses
do I need to bring special gear?
Complete the required Waiver and Medical disclosure form in advance of the field session. Click on the link and navigate to your specific course and date:
- Canada West Mountain School Waiver and Medical disclosure form
Review the CWMS cancellation and transfer policy:
- Canada West Mountain School Refund/transfer Policy