Course: Top-Rope Anchor Building and Rappelling

April 23rd 2022


April 24-24, 2022 (Sat-Sun), 12 participants

The ability to set up safe anchors for top roping is one of the most basic skills any outdoor rock climber must have. It’s a skill that must be mastered before progressing to more advanced topics such as lead climbing, trad climbing, etc.

This 2 day volunteer led course is intended to teach club members:
(a) how to build anchors for top roping, and
(b) how to rappel safely.

The course objective is to give participants a chance to learn different types of anchor setups, and to practice building them while in a controlled setting. The evaluation of anchors with respect to safety criteria is an important part of the course.


  • Overview of equipment.
  • Set up top rope anchors.
  • Evaluate top rope anchors.
  • Set up anchors for rappelling.
  • Practice rappelling.
  • Belaying from above.


  • Experience belaying.

In addition to signing up via the calendar, you must also fill out this Course Application Form to participate in this course (the link will open in a new tab or window). Applicants who sign up for this course will be reviewed prior to acceptance into the course.

Please also download and read the course handout ahead of time.

Selection Criteria

If within the first week after the event was posted to the calendar more than 12 qualified members sign up for the event, applicants are selected by the number of events of the ACC Vancouver Section they have attended in the past or how much they have volunteered. Otherwise, selection is by order of signup.

Once selected, you will be notified and directed on how to make your payment. Payment will be due within 72 hrs otherwise the next person on the list will be contacted.

Cost: $60.00

Cancellation policy

There are no refunds. If you have to cancel out, with the help of the leader, an alternate person who meets the prerequisites from the waiting list (if there is one) can be contacted. Transfer of payment is to be made directly between the two participants.

Community Contribution

A dozen or more willing volunteers, put in a thousand or more hours a year to make these courses happen, all of which include top-quality instruction at incredible value for money. We’ll literally share everything we know about staying safe in the mountains with you, because we want you to experience nature as we do.

That said, participation is a two way street, and if you’re going to take a course, we ask that you start thinking about ways to contribute back to the community also. Remember, we’re an entirely volunteer based community and this only works if everyone contributes!

Please consider becoming a trip-coordinator and hosting a trip (even just a simple hiking trip) when signing up for this course! You will be contacted by our Trip Director to prompt you to get a trip posted.

Guest sign-up

Sign-ups are no longer available for this event.