Setting Up & Cleaning Bolted (Sport) Anchors

Asha Park-Carter (S), James Hermus (S,T), Jonathan Lam (S, TR)
Trip date
Wednesday, May 12th, 2021
Difficulty rating
figure 8 tie in knot, gym climbing experience

This is a Zoom Technical Review Session (TRS) for how to safely set up and clean a bolted (sport) anchor. This session is aimed at folks who know their basic knots (eg how to tie in), and have been gym climbing indoors. It will take place at 8 pm on May 12th.

The goal of this class is to teach new to outside climbers how to build, and clean, a bolted anchor safely as they begin to lead and follow outside.

Note - We will NOT be teaching how to lead climb in this session. This session is a good fit for you if you have been lead gym climbing inside and want to learn the anchor component to climb safely outside, OR if you are a TR climber who wants to be able to clean routes when your friends take you outside.


Suggested Materials To Bring

  • 4-6 Locking biners

  • 2 non-locking carabiners or locking biners (for pretend bolts :)

  • A rope (or something that can stand in for a rope, like a cordelette)

  • Harness

  • Quad length (240) sling or cordelette

Required Learning Stuff

Topics Covered:

  • Safety Mindset - Weight checks

  • Quad anchors

  • Cleaning on Rap Rings (or similar)

  • Cleaning on Quick Clips (or similar)

General Structure - For each of the 3 skills

  • Learn - Slide / Visual Presentation - ~5-7 mins

  • See - We demonstrate - ~5-10 mins

  • Do - 3 rooms - small group practice - 5-20 mins

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first-come, first-serve
Maximum participants
Signups opened at
April 22, 2021, 8:37 a.m.
Signups closed at
May 12, 2021, 8 p.m.
  1. Can you do a figure 8 tie in knot?
  2. Previous climbing experience?
  3. Do you think Adam Ondra is part Mountain Goat or part Howler Monkey? Defend your response.
Signups for this trip are closed.