DC Area (Carderock, MD/Great Falls, VA)
Top rope climbing and belay experience recommended
A full day focused on the skills you need to climb safely and independently outdoors—wherever and whenever you want. You'll learn best practices and gain hands-on experience building solid and redundant top rope anchors using natural protection (trees and rocks) that you can climb on with confidence.
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!
- Fundamental principles and current best practices for solid, redundant anchors using natural protection in common terrain
- Anchor gear selection and use
- Essential knots and backups
- Terrain assessment, site safety (mind the edge!), and efficiency
- Environmental impact mitigation
- Personal climbing gear if needed (harness, helmet, shoes, belay device)
- All group climbing gear
- Small-group instruction with the region's most trusted guides
ET Members and returning students—please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.