ACC Vancouver

Introduction to Top-Rope Anchors

This is a two day course intended to give an introduction to top rope anchors. The goal is to provide a safe learning environment where people can learn the most basic elements of how to set up various top rope anchors.


  • ERNEST Anchors
  • Safety Considerations
  • Types of Anchors
  • Anchor Building Material
  • Practice, Practice, Practice


  • Introduction to Rock Climbing OR previous sport climbing experience.
  • Compentency in belaying.

Gear Required

  • Harness
  • Belay device, large locking carabiner
  • 4 carabiners (2 locking minimum)
  • slings: a selection of length – double length and a few longer slings
  • cordelette: 7mm – 5m or 6m long (Prusik cord)
  • rope extension: static line – 9mm, about 30m long
  • Helmet
  • 2m of 7mm rope for rappel backup
  • Rock shoes (optional but really help with the climbing)
  • Chalk bag (optional)
  • Small pack
  • Water
  • Packed lunch
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Warm clothes in pack
  • Rain jacket
  • Wear running shoes or light hiking boots for approach