Top-Rope Anchor Clinic at Carderock

  • Sunday, June 27, 2021
  • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Carderock Recreation Area (see description for map link)
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Event Description:


PATC-MS will hold a clinic to help new or inexperienced outdoor climbers looking for skills in building top rope anchors, or for those who need a refresher. 

The goal of this clinic is to provide knowledge and experience that will help you to successfully build and evaluate top rope anchor systems using natural protection (trees, boulders, etc). Building anchors using traditional pro (cams, nuts, hexes, etc) is beyond the scope of this clinic.

In this clinic we'll cover:

  • The basic principles and physics of anchor construction and top rope systems
  • How to properly select and evaluate natural protection
  • New knots and hitches - when to use them and why
  • How to properly build, evaluate, and setup a top rope anchor

This clinic will be held at Carderock, MD. We will begin at 8:00 AM and wrap-up by 2:00 PM. Please expect to arrive at the parking lot 15 minutes early so that we can group up and promptly begin.

Skills required:

Ability to competently top-rope belay in a gym (or outdoor) setting

Equipment required:

  • Harness, shoes, chalk-bag & helmet (personal choice)
  • Two (2) Locking carabiners and belay device.
  • Lunch/snacks and water.
  • Optional: Additional locking carabiner and prusik loop / accessory cord
  • Optional: Your own top rope kit with 100 feet of static line, two locking carabiners, and a dynamic rope. If you have your own you will be able to get much more out of this clinic.

Directions to Event:

Note: When searching for directions on the internet, you will commonly find the community of Carderock, MD. Be sure to specify “Carderock Recreation Area”, or try this link:

PATC-MS Membership:

This event is for members of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club - Mountaineering Section. To join the club and enjoy other events, benefits and trainings, click here:

Cancellation Policy:

If you can no longer make the event, please change your registration as soon as possible. This allows people on the wait list to join. If you fail to show for an event and do not cancel within 48 hours, you will be considered a no show. Club members who have 3 or more no shows will not be able to register for future events for a period of one year whether its due to failure to cancel, or the person does not show up for the event at all.


Climbing is a dangerous sport and serious injury may occur.

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