About this Course

Anchors are the most critical component of any rope rescue system. The entire rescue is in jeopardy if the anchors are not reliable. Are your anchor skills up to par?

What You'll Learn

Join us for the exclusive Anchors course where we'll walk through must-know anchor concepts such as:

  • How to determine the appropriate anchors to build

  • Relative strengths and benefits of anchors

  • When an anchor should not be considered an anchor

  • Why redirect anchors should be carefully studied

  • How to use spring-loaded camming devices as part of an anchor system

  • Distributive versus Shared anchors

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    This course is brought to you through the efforts of multiple Rigging Lab Academy Instructors. These instructors have hand-selected material from their full-featured courses — all of which are exclusively available here at Rigging Lab Academy — and contributed them to a specific section or unit of this course. By blending the teachings of various instructors, Rigging Lab Academy members will gain exposure to different areas of expertise, course materials, and teaching methodologies.

Course Curriculum

  • 1
    Unit 1: Welcome
  • 2
    Unit 2: Anchors Overview
  • 3
    Unit 3: Selecting an Anchor
    • 3.1 Selecting an Anchor
    • 3.2 Quiz: Selecting an Anchor
  • 4
    Unit 4: Single Point Anchors
    • 4.1 Single Point Anchors
    • 4.2 Video Tutorial: Single Point Anchors
    • 4.3 Video Tutorial: Tensionless Anchor
    • 4.4 Quiz: Single Point Anchors
  • 5
    Unit 5: Multipoint Anchors
    • 5.1 Multipoint Anchors
    • 5.2 Slack Anchors
    • 5.3 Video Tutorial: Tandem Stake Anchors
    • 5.4 Video Tutorial: Anchors Fixed Line Multipoint 2-1
    • 5.5 Video Tutorial: Highline Anchors
    • 5.6 Video Tutorial: Fixed Side Anchors with Removable Bolts
    • 5.7 Video Tutorial: Industrial Anchor Considerations
    • 5.8 Video Tutorial: Multipoint Anchors: Whiteboarding
    • 5.9 Quiz: Multipoint Anchors
  • 6
    Unit 6: Load Sharing Anchors (Specified Multipoint Anchors)
    • 6.1 Shared & Distributive Anchors (Specified Multipoint Anchors)
    • 6.2 Video Tutorial: Equal Anchor With a Knot: Disadvantages
    • 6.3 Video Tutorial: Equalized Anchor With a Knot: Advantages
    • 6.4 Video Tutorial: Multipoint Anchors
    • 6.5 Quiz: Shared & Distributive Anchors (Specified Multipoint Anchors)
  • 7
    Unit 7: V Anchors, Part 1
    • 7.1 V Anchors, Part 1
    • 7.2 Video Tutorial: V Anchor System for General All-Purpose Anchoring
    • 7.3 Video Tutorial: V Anchor: Top Rope Bottom Belay
    • 7.4 Video Tutorial: V Anchor System for Top Rope Bottom Belay (Using Anchor Bolts)
    • 7.5 Video Tutorial: V Anchor System for Mirrored & Twin Tension Systems
    • 7.6 Video Tutorial: Mirrored Skate Block: Configuration of the Bottom Anchor System
    • 7.7 Video Tutorial: V Anchor: Top Rope Top Belay Looking at MA Efficiency
  • 8
    Unit 8: V Anchors, Part 2
    • 8.1 V Anchors, Part 2
    • 8.2 Video Tutorial: V Anchor System: Friction Top Rope Top Belay, Tubular Belay Device
    • 8.3 Video Tutorial: Anchor Considerations
    • 8.4 Video Tutorial: V Anchor: Small Team Raise & Lower System - Skyhook Rescue Systems
    • 8.5 Video Tutorial: V Anchor System: Friction Top Rope Top Belay, Climber Rescue Gri Gri
    • 8.6 Video Tutorial: Mirrored Skate Block Top Anchor Considerations
    • 8.7 Quiz: V Anchors, Part 2
  • 9
    Unit 9: Extensions, Back-Ties & Redirects
    • 9.1 Extensions, Back-Ties & Redirects
    • 9.2 Video Tutorial: Foundations & Concepts of Slackline Rigging 3: Anchor Redirects
    • 9.3 Video Tutorial: Foundations & Concepts of Slackline Rigging 3: Extending the Anchor
    • 9.4 Video Tutorial: Foundations & Concepts of Slackline Rigging 3: Backup Anchors
    • 9.5 Quiz: Extensions, Back-Ties & Redirects
  • 10
    Unit 10: Camming Units & Chocks
    • 10.1 Camming Units & Chocks
    • 10.2 Video Tutorial: Anchoring: Cam Placement Overview
    • 10.3 Video Tutorial: Anchoring: Direction of Pull
    • 10.4 Video Tutorial: Anchoring: Cam Placement: Lobe Contact
    • 10.5 Video Tutorial: Anchoring: Equalizing Anchors Without a Knot
    • 10.6 Video Tutorial: Building Anchors with Spring Loaded Cams: Pull Test Using Metolius Camming Units
    • 10.7 Quiz: Camming Units & Chocks
  • 11
    Unit 11: Canyoneering Anchors
    • 11.1 Canyoneering Anchors
    • 11.2 Video Tutorial: Sequencing Marginal Anchors
    • 11.3 Video Tutorial: Using Friction in Building an Anchor
    • 11.4 Video Tutorial: Deadman Anchor
    • 11.5 Video Tutorial: Basket & Redundant Basket Anchors
    • 11.6 Video Tutorial: Wrap 2 Pull 1 Variations
    • 11.7 Quiz: Canyoneering Anchors
  • 12
    Unit 12: Theory of Anchors
    • 12.1 Theory of Anchors
    • 12.2 Video Tutorial: Bombproof Anchors: Anchor Considerations in Rope Rigging Systems
    • 12.3 Video Tutorial: Staggered Anchors to Increase MA
    • 12.4 Video Tutorial: Marginal Anchors: Anchor Considerations in Rope Rigging Systems
    • 12.5 Video Tutorial: Managing Friction: Anchor Considerations in Rope Rigging Systems
    • 12.6 Video Tutorial: Multipoint Anchors: A Case Study
    • 12.7 Quiz: Theory of Anchors
  • 13
    Unit 13: Traditional & Removable Bolt Placements
    • 13.1 Traditional & Removable Bolt Placements
    • 13.2 Video Tutorial: Ideal Bolt Placement
    • 13.3 Video Tutorial: Inspecting Rock for Bolt Placement
    • 13.4 Video Tutorial: Legacy Bolt: Drilling
    • 13.5 Video Tutorial: Legacy Bolt: Installation
    • 13.6 Video Tutorial: Proper Bolt Placement
    • 13.7 Video Tutorial: Removable Bolts
    • 13.8 Traditional & Removable Bolt Placements
  • 14
    Unit 14: Wrap Up
    • 14.1 Wrap Up

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What Students Are Saying

  • This material constantly keeps me learning

    Neal Hosaka

    I found the information and videos to be very informative. It keeps me constantly learning. Thank you very much! - Neal

    I found the information and videos to be very informative. It keeps me constantly learning. Thank you very much! - Neal

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  • A great course on anchors

    TIM LOGSTON

    Great videos -- it covers all common practices!

    Great videos -- it covers all common practices!

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