ARC Pro Basic Anchors Field Day

Field trip: ARC Pro Basic Anchors

ARC Pro Basic Anchors Field Day – Castlewood Canyon State Park

We will spend the day outside reviewing anchor gear, general anchoring principles, and methods of rigging climbing anchors.

  • Sat, Jun 22, 2024
  • Pikes Peak
  • Climbing
  • Crag Rock Climb
  • Adults
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 2.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 400 ft

We will meet at 8 am at the trailhead for the Grocery Store Wall in Castlewood Canyon. Enter the Park through the West entrance on Castlewood Canyon Road. Park at the small lot on the right with the single picnic table, just prior to the large lot on the left. Here's the spot on the map-

We will review the gear used to construct anchors and review the common climbing knots used.  We will discuss the "EARNEST" principles of anchor evaluation, then demo and practice various methods of anchor rigging using 2 bolts or two natural features.  We will demo and practice methods of keeping safe at a cliff edge using a fixed line, and how to rig a top rope anchor using a long static line.  By the end of the day, students will rig their own anchors suitable for top roping and may then rappel down the rope they have set up.


students will earn:

instructors will earn:


Castlewood Canyon State Park

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Basic climbing kit- harness, helmet, shoes (approach are OK)
  • Belay/rappel device- preferably an autoblocking type such as BD Guide or Petzl Reverso, or an assisted-braking device like the GriGri.
  • 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
  • Gear for anchor construction-
    • Cordelette- 14-30 ft. of 7 mm diameter nylon cord (untied length)
    • #2 120 cm sewn runners (nylon or Dyneema)
    • Locking carabiners- at least 4
    • Non-locking carabiners- at least 4
    • **Optional**- Longer webbing/cordage for rigging top-rope anchor- if you have long lengths of webbing, a static line, or an old climbing rope you can bring them.  We will have some static ropes available for you to use for this purpose also
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