Learn how to build Sport, Traditional and Natural Top Rope Anchors
Full or 1/2 Day options
Guide, course curriculum and technical gear
Denver Metro Area: Golden and Boulder, Colorado
Year Round (weather Dependent)
From beginner to advanced courses available
Travlers Package (Food & Local Transportation)
Full Day $275
Top Rope Anchor Building
This course is offered in a full or 1/2 day plat-form to customize your needs to be a safe climber. Skills covered will depend your interest, previous experience and time allotted. Topic Include Natural, Traditional and Sport anchoring systems, industrial top rope anchoring, natural hazards and top rope location placement. Prerequisites: Rock Climbing Basics or equivalent.
Good for parents, teachers and safety first scenarios
This top rope anchor building course is great for people that would like to climb in the safest possible way outdoors. Good for parents, teachers and folks with a low risk tolerance (aka common sense.) When setting up a top rope you walk around to the top of the climb and build the anchor from above. After the anchor is built you can throw the rope and have a top rope set for climbing. You then rappel or walk back to the base to enjoy the climb. At no point is anyone climbing above the anchor, dramatically reducing the risk by eliminating the potential for a lead fall.
Industrial Top Rope Anchors
This course focuses on the use of a static line attached to natural anchors such as trees and boulders. We call the method taught, the industrial top rope anchor. It is the preferred method of anchor building for guides throughout the country. This technique is reliable, safe, simple and requires limited gear. As a result of greater safety, reduced user error and the lower equipment expense it is great for people as they begin to climb on their own.
Participants in this course should be comfortable with belaying, rappelling and basic climbing movement.
Healthy and active people will do well on these courses. This course is great for people who are relatively new to rock climbing and would like to learn safe climbing skills and locations in the Denver Metro area.
Wear layers so that you can shed them if you are hot and bundle up if you are cold. Bringing rain gear, a medium sized (40+ liter) backpack, and any required medications is necessary. Light hiking shoes are great for the climbing day but tennis shoes will suffice. Climbing shoes are a must. If you don’t have any we rent them for $5. All technical equipment is provided on the Top Rope Anchoring courses. If you would like to own equipment to rock climb on your own after the course you may choose to purchase a top rope anchoring set up.
Gratuity: The outdoor industry depends on gratuity to ensure quality in the field. Your guide goes to incredible lengths to keep you safe and happy. A tip of twenty to thirty dollars per person per day is recommended for excellent service on this trip.
Cancellation: There is a 50% refund available for trips canceled more than 2 weeks in advanced. All trips are non-refundable within 2 weeks of the trip date. In the case of inclement weather prior to the trip start you will be credited the amount paid for future use with Apex Ex valid for up to 1 year from the scheduled trip date.
Responsibility: In the case that a member of the party becomes sick or injured it is the responsibility of the group to abandon the summit attempt and assist in rescue. Additionally, if for any reason the guide determines the group is in unreasonable danger, it is the responsibility of the climbing members to stay with the guide. These situations are part of mountaineering and are non-refundable.
Climbing Course Progression
These courses are a progression towards rock climbing excellent rock right in your backyard or formidable peaks throughout the world. Your progression towards greater heights with Apex Ex starts with Rock Climbing Basics and progresses to Trad Climbing.