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Date Saturday  6/15/2013
End Date Saturday  6/15/2013
Group Denver
Event Title Anchor Building Fundamentals
Start Time 8:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Tom Stocker
Member Price Free
Available Participants No tickets left
Type Trip
Trip Type Rock Climbing
Climb Type
Climbing Class
Trail Mileage
Elevation Gain
Driving Distance


North Table Mountain

For more info Contact

Tom Stocker at 303-988-4205


This class is limited to 4 students and involves hands on basic anchor building.  The trip leader will demonstrate basic anchor building concepts.  Time permitting, each student to build 3 trad anchors, 2 with passive gear and 1 with a combination of passive and active gear.  Each anchor will be critiqued by all students and the trip leader.  The trip leader will provide all needed gear.  This trip is intended to be a basic introduction to anchor building–it will NOT provide students with the knowledge or experience to build anchors on trad leads, but hopefully will provide students with sufficient knowledge to identify a good anchor from a bad one.


I led the CMC anchor clinic on June 15 on the saddle between the First Elephant Buttress and The Dome.  It went really well.  Again, I learned more than my student, Christy Tebsherani.  We met in The Dome parking lot at 8:30 AM (she was there before me), left the lot at 9 AM, and returned about 4:45 PM, for almost 8 hours on the mountain.

After my demonstrations of anchor building principles, and with my coaching, Christy built four anchors, two with passive gear and two with a mixture of passive and active.  I provided all the gear.  She did well and is a quick learner.

We then went over to the top of Flash Dihedral (the far left (north) climb on the First Buttress) where I rigged an anchor with static line on a tree and showed Christy how to safely get to the top of a climb using prusiks.  She followed me out.  I then incorporated the static line into a three cam anchor at the top, equalized, and used this as a rappel anchor, and later as a top rope anchor.  We then rappelled down.  She had never rappelled before, but did fine (of course, I pre-rigged her).  I top roped her climb of this route, lowered her, and then she top roped me.  I pulled the anchors, and scrambled down.

Along with Becky and Christy, two other people registered (another person, Cammeron Wiggin, canceled because I told him that he could not bring a guest).  Becky could not make it because her dog was quite ill and she alerted me to this several days in advance.  The two others, Tayler Thomas and Craig Drummond did not show up and I never heard from them (Tayler did leave a voice mail message on my work phone on June 15 at 7:46 AM that I received on Sunday evening–he said that he was “not feeling well”).  Christy and I waited until about 9 AM, I called both of them, but they didn't answer.  Thus, Christy was the only person that participated in the class.

The other two are on my blacklist, along with other CMC people who didn’t show up for trips I scheduled earlier this year.  I think these trips may be more trouble than they are worth.

Tom Stocker
June 18, 2013

Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.