Top Rope Fundamentals Course Information

Typical 2 or 3 Day Class

Day One:

Our Top Rope Fundamentals course begin at 8:30 a.m. on the first day. Courses typically either meet at the SRMG deck, Coopers Rock State Forest, or Great Falls, VA. After waivers are completed and equipment is issued, the course will begin with a conversation between you and your instructor detailing your current level of climbing experience and your goals for the course. The top rope fundamentals course is designed for you to learn the information and skills needed to safely climb at easily accessed top rope areas with friends and climbing partners. Day One typically includes a review of safety and risk management concepts, top roping equipment, knots, belay technique and climbing technique. Climbers with significant previous experience will move on to top rope anchoring strategies.


By the end of the day at 5 p.m. you'll complete a review of the day with your instructor and make plans for the following day.

Day Two:

The second day also begins at 8:30 a.m. at your chosen location. The day starts with a review of information and skills from Day One, and progresses into various anchoring techniques on different routes, taking the time in between to climb the routes that you've set up. More experienced climbers may progress into basic rescue techniques appropriate to top rope sites.


The day finishes with a review and ends at 5 p.m. If you've signed up for a 3-day course, you'll make plans with your instructor for the following day.

Day Three:

Day Three begins with a review of the information of the previous 3-days, and you'll work together with your instructor to gain the big picture of climbing at a top rope site on your own. You'll progress through the day selecting climbs, building anchors, climbing and belaying your partners while receiving feedback from your instructor. On Day Three, a stronger emphasis will placed on more advanced skills and rescue techniques, as appropriate for your personal skill level and experience.


The day ends at 5 p.m. with a review of the course, and suggestions from the instructor regarding your next steps in personal climbing and technical skill training.