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Date Thursday  3/22/2018
Group Pikes Peak
Event Title PPG ARCPro Gear and Anchors Class
Start Time 6:00 PM
End Time 5:00 PM
Status Approved
Leader Scott Kime
Co-Leader Collin Powers
Group Price $95.00
NonGroup Price $95.00
Leader Price $95.00
Available Participants 6
Type Members Only (Programs/Education)


Classroom session on 3/22 from 6-8 pm- location TBD

Field Day sessions on 3/24 and 3/25- loacation TBD

For more info Contact

Collin Powers at

Scott Kime at


Class Objectives-

The Pikes Peak Group Gear and Anchors Class is part of the PPG Advanced Rock Climbing Program and is a prerequisite to the Trad Leading class.

In Gear and Anchors, students will learn about the various types of rock protection, including: natural protection, passive protection (nuts, hexes) and active protection (cams); and how to place and incorporate pieces of protection into anchors.  We will discuss climbing anchors, to include top-rope, belay and rappel anchors.  The student will learn the concepts of building a safe climbing anchor to include placement and evaluation of protection, fall forces, direction of pull, rigging methods and knots for anchoring. By the end of the final Field Session, participating students will be expected to be able to build trad anchors that meet an instructor-team evaluation for gear placements and anchor safety.  They will rappel off of anchors they have built and rigged.


Registrants should have already taken BMS Rock Climbing, or have the equivalent basic rock climbing skills. Please contact the leaders for any questions as to your suitability for this class and the ARC Program in general.

Special Gear Requirements-

Students will receive the book Climbing Anchors (How To Climb Series) July 2, 2013 by John Long (Author), Bob Gaines (Author)

Students should own or purchase as much of the gear listed below as possible. Where the expense of any of the below is not feasible for the student, contact Collin or Scott to see whether arrangements can be made for loaner use during the Field Session.

Basic climbing kit- harness, helmet, shoes (approach are OK)

Belay/rappel device- (preferably an autoblocking type such as BD Guide or Petzl Reverso)

Personal Anchor System (PAS) or 120 cm sewn nylon sling for tether/rappel extension

Rappel back-up sling- made from 5 or 6 mm diameter nylon cord tied into an 11-13 inch loop or a 13.5 inch HollowBlock sling

Climbing protection- students are encouraged to have their own set of tapered nuts, and can also bring whatever other protection they own.  Some Club gear will be available for loan (camming units).

Nut tool

Gear for anchor construction-

Cordelette- 16-30 ft. of 7 mm diameter nylon cord (untied length)

#2 120 cm sewn runners (nylon or Dyneema)

#4 60 cm sewn runners (nylon or Dyneema)

Locking carabiners- #6: at least 3 large HMS/pear shaped type

Non-locking carabiners- at least 8


Registrants will be contacted with further details.  When you register, please make sure your email address is correct!  We look forward to climbing with you.

***There is a $10 Cancellation Fee.  No refunds will be provided for No Shows.***



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