Top Rope Anchors

Rock Climbing Manchester Wall Richmond, VA

“Manchester Wall” Richmond, VA

The Top Rope Anchors course is for climbers who wish to set up their own anchors at top-accessible cliffs. You will leave with a thorough understanding of climbing materials, anchor points, rigging, and evaluation skills. Students will have the opportunity to build anchors while setting up climbs, and then climbing on their system. This is also a great course for experienced climbers looking to knock off the dust and refresh their skills, while learning the most up to date practices.

Top Rope Anchors is a 1 or 2- day course format for 1-3 people. In order to get the most experience and retention of skills, a second day is highly recommended for those looking to accelerate into climbing outdoors autonomously.

As with all of our courses, the curriculum can be tailored to fit your needs and wants. We strive to allow ample time for practice and use of the skills you will learn on any of our courses.

Skills Taught:

  • Anchor Building at the New River Gorge, WV

    “Bridge Buttress” New River Gorge, WV

    Climbing area hazards and management

  • Natural anchor point selection
  • Fixed anchor point evaluation
  • Traditional gear (as appropriate or by request in 2 day courses)
  • Review basic knots
  • Intermediate knots
  • Gri-Gri or similar device use
  • Anchor rigging
  • Anchor evaluation
  • Climbing Leave No Trace principles


  • Experience climbing outdoors


  • Moderate

Open Enrollment Course Schedule

*Private courses and guiding are available at any location and date*

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