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Advanced Top Rope Systems

Course Price


Course length

Full day

DC Area (Annapolis Rock/Carderock, MD/Great Falls, VA)


experience level

Top rope climbing and belay experience required; top rope anchor building skills required

Continue to build your anchor skills and access new challenges with advanced techniques for top rope anchors. You'll gain hands-on practice as well as contextual critical thinking skills to help you confidently manage complex sites and climbs, including top-access sites (such as many riverside climbs at Great Falls) and climbs with additional hazards such as roofs and traverses.

You will receive an emailed receipt after signing up; a more detailed confirmation email will follow a few days prior to your class with detailed directions to the meeting location, gear list, etc. Please feel free to call or email in the meantime with questions!

you'll learn

- How to build solid, strong anchors for top-managed sites
- Critical top-belay and lowering techniques
- Basic hauling and pulley systems
- How and when to use directionals to increase climber safety

what's included

- Personal climbing gear if needed (harness, helmet, shoes, belay device)
- All group climbing gear
- Small-group instruction with the region's most trusted guides


- By request


ET Members and returning students—please email us at first for your discount code!

COVID-19: We’ve been working closely with the Parks Service to ensure responsible recreation during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re keeping classes small, limiting shared gear and touch points and increasing sanitation on those that are impossible to avoid, encouraging social distancing, and requiring masks when social distancing is impossible. Please do not come to class if you have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case and/or if you have any of the following symptoms: fever, cough/sore throat, shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell; contact us and we’ll work it out.

RAIN AND CANCELLATION POLICY: Outdoor courses are held rain or shine; instructors make the final judgement on whether the weather makes it impossible to continue. As a general rule, weather moves quickly in our region, our rock type dries quickly, and climbing in light rain is both possible and fun--as long as you bring the right attitude and a rain jacket. We will notify you ahead of time if an extended bad weather forecast makes rescheduling likely, and we will pause courses in progress for thunder and lighting or for excessive heat (over 100 degrees). Rescheduled courses and classes rained out before 1pm will receive a rain check. Otherwise, come prepared to climb and enjoy the outdoors.

Courses are non-refundable within 15 days of class date unless cancelled by SRMG East for weather or not meeting minimum enrollments.

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