About this Course

Anchors are the foundation on which we build our rescue systems. Rescuers must quickly decide on an appropriate anchor system for a given rescue situation. Usually, anchors need to be in place before other aspects of the rescue can proceed. Determining where anchors should be built and beginning their construction early are critical steps in timely rescue operations.

What You'll Learn

Join us for the exclusive Anchors course where we'll walk through must-know anchor concepts such as:

  • How to determine the appropriate anchors to build

  • Relative strengths and benefits of anchors

  • When an anchor should not be considered an anchor

  • Why redirect anchors should be carefully studied

  • How to use spring-loaded camming devices as part of an anchor system

  • Distributive versus Shared anchors

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    This course is brought to you through the efforts of multiple Rigging Lab Academy Instructors. These instructors have hand-selected material from their full-featured courses — all of which are exclusively available here at Rigging Lab Academy — and contributed them to a specific section or unit of this course. By blending the teachings of various instructors, Rigging Lab Academy members will gain exposure to different areas of expertise, course materials, and teaching methodologies.

Course Curriculum

  • 1
    Unit 1: Welcome
  • 3
    Unit 3: Selecting an Anchor
    • 3.1 Selecting an Anchor
    • 3.2 Quiz: Selecting an Anchor
  • 4
    Unit 4: Single Point Anchors
    • 4.1 Single Point Anchors FREE PREVIEW
    • 4.2 Bombproof Anchors and Anchor Point Considerations
    • 4.3 Video Tutorial: Single Point Anchors
    • 4.4 Video Tutorial: Tensionless Anchor
    • 4.5 Quiz: Single Point Anchors
  • 5
    Unit 5: Multipoint Anchors Overview
    • 5.1 Multi-Point Anchors Overview and Types FREE PREVIEW
    • 5.2 Slack Anchors
    • 5.2.1 Slack Anchor System: Independent Primary Independent Secondary
    • 5.2.2 Slack Anchor System: Independent Primary Shared Secondary
    • 5.3 Tensioned Anchor Systems FREE PREVIEW
    • 5.3.1 Tensioned Anchor Systems: Pre-Tensioned Back-Tie Anchor System: Voodoo Hitch
    • 5.3.2 Tensioned Anchor Systems: Pre Tensioning Systems- Non-Working 3 To 1
    • 5.4 Load Sharing Anchors
    • 5.4.1 Load Sharing Anchors: Dynamic 2 x1 LSA With An Adjustable Non-Working 3:1
    • 5.4.2 Load Sharing Anchors: Adjustable 2 x 1 With Two Prusiks
    • 5.4.3 Load Sharing Anchors: Adjustable LSA 3 x 1 With Double Figure Eight and Butterfly
    • 5.4.4 Load Sharing Anchors: 2 x 1 With A Butterfly and Prusik
    • 5.4.5 Load Sharing Anchors: Clove Hitches and Figure Eight
    • 5.4.6 Load Sharing Anchors: 2 x 1 With Figure Eights and Butterfly
    • 5.4.7 Load Sharing Anchors: 2 x 1 With Figure Eights
    • 5.5 Load Distributing Anchors
    • 5.5.1 Load Distributing Anchors: Fixed Rope with Double Loop Figure Eight
    • 5.6 Cordelette Load Sharing Anchors and Load Distributing Anchors
    • 5.6.1 Cordelette Load Sharing Anchors and Load Distributing Anchors: 3 X 1 Equalette LSA With Clove Hitches
    • 5.6.2 Cordelette Load Sharing Anchors and Load Distributing Anchors: 2 X 1 Equalette LSA With Limiting Knots
    • 5.6.3 Cordelette Load Sharing Anchors and Load Distributing Anchors: 3 x 1 Cordelette LSA Anchor With Figure Eight
    • 5.6.4 Cordelette Load Sharing Anchors and Load Distributing Anchors: 3 x1 In Line Cordelette LSA Anchor
  • 6
    Unit 6: A Closer Look At Multipoint Anchors
    • 6.1 Shared & Distributive Anchors (Specified Multipoint Anchors)
    • 6.5 Video Tutorial: Load Sharing Anchors using Removable Bolts in a Highline Setup
    • 6.6 Video Tutorial: Load Sharing Fixed Side Anchors with Removable Bolts
    • 6.7 Video Tutorial: Tandem Stake Anchors
    • 6.8 Video Tutorial: Staggered Anchors When Moving From 3:1 to 9:1 Mechanical Advantage
    • 6.9 Video Tutorial: Marginal Anchors: Anchor Considerations in Rope Rigging Systems
    • 6.10 Video Tutorial: Managing Friction: Anchor Considerations in Rope Rigging Systems
    • 6.11 Quiz: Shared & Distributive Anchors (Specified Multipoint Anchors)
  • 7
    Unit 7: V Anchors, Part 1 (Conversations in Load Sharing)
    • 7.1 V Anchors, Part 1
    • 7.2 Video Tutorial: V Anchor System for General All-Purpose Anchoring
    • 7.3 Video Tutorial: V Anchor: Top Rope Bottom Belay
    • 7.4 Video Tutorial: V Anchor System for Top Rope Bottom Belay (Using Anchor Bolts)
    • 7.5 Video Tutorial: V Anchor System for Mirrored & Twin Tension Systems
    • 7.6 Video Tutorial: Mirrored Skate Block: Configuration of the Bottom Anchor System
    • 7.7 Video Tutorial: V Anchor: Top Rope Top Belay Looking at MA Efficiency
  • 8
    Unit 8: V Anchors, Part 2 (Conversations in Load Sharing)
    • 8.1 V Anchors, Part 2
    • 8.2 Video Tutorial: V Anchor System: Friction Top Rope Top Belay, Tubular Belay Device
    • 8.3 Video Tutorial: Load Sharing V Anchor Considerations in Industrial Two Tension Rope Systems
    • 8.4 Video Tutorial: V Anchor: Small Team Raise & Lower System - Skyhook Rescue Systems
    • 8.5 Video Tutorial: V Anchor System: Friction Top Rope Top Belay, Climber Rescue Gri Gri
    • 8.6 Video Tutorial: Mirrored Skate Block Top Anchor Considerations
    • 8.7 Quiz: V Anchors, Part 2
  • 9
    Unit 9: Back-Ups, Extensions, Back-Ties & Redirects
    • 9.1 Back-Ups, Extensions, Back-Ties & Redirects
    • 9.2 Video Tutorial: Back-Tie Load Distributive Anchor During A Skate Block
    • 9.3 Video Tutorial: Back-Ties to Focus Float Anchor During A Two Rope Offset Dynamic Directional
    • 9.4 Video Tutorial: Foundations & Concepts of Anchor Redirects
    • 9.5 Video Tutorial: Foundations & Concepts of Extending the Anchor
    • 9.6 Video Tutorial: Foundations & Concepts of Backup Anchors
    • 9.7 Quiz: Extensions, Back-Ties & Redirects
  • 10
    Unit 10: Camming Units & Chocks
    • 10.1 Camming Units & Chocks
    • 10.2 Video Tutorial: Anchoring: Cam Placement Overview
    • 10.3 Video Tutorial: Anchoring: Direction of Pull
    • 10.4 Video Tutorial: Anchoring: Cam Placement: Lobe Contact
    • 10.5 Video Tutorial: Anchoring: Equalizing Anchors Without a Knot
    • 10.6 Video Tutorial: Building Anchors with Spring Loaded Cams: Pull Test Using Metolius Camming Units
    • 10.7 Quiz: Camming Units & Chocks
  • 11
    Unit 11: Introduction to Canyoneering Anchors
    • 11.1 Canyoneering Anchors In Root Form
    • 11.2 Video Tutorial: Sequencing Marginal Anchors
    • 11.3 Video Tutorial: Using Friction in Building an Anchor
    • 11.4 Video Tutorial: Deadman Anchor
    • 11.5 Video Tutorial: Basket & Redundant Basket Anchors
    • 11.6 Video Tutorial: Wrap 2 Pull 1 Variations
    • 11.7 Quiz: Canyoneering Anchors
  • 12
    Unit 12: Traditional & Removable Bolt Placements
    • 12.1 Traditional & Removable Bolt Placements
    • 12.2 Video Tutorial: Ideal Bolt Placement
    • 12.3 Video Tutorial: Inspecting Rock for Bolt Placement
    • 12.4 Video Tutorial: Legacy Bolt: Drilling
    • 12.5 Video Tutorial: Legacy Bolt: Installation
    • 12.6 Video Tutorial: Removable Bolts
    • 12.7 Traditional & Removable Bolt Placements
    • 12.8 Petzl Coeur Pulse Removable Anchor System
    • 12.9 Video Tutorial: How To Use the Petzl Coeur Pulse Removable Anchor System
  • 13
    Unit 13: Wrap Up
    • 14.1 Wrap Up

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  • This material constantly keeps me learning

    Neal Hosaka

    I found the information and videos to be very informative. It keeps me constantly learning. Thank you very much! - Neal

    I found the information and videos to be very informative. It keeps me constantly learning. Thank you very much! - Neal

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  • A great course on anchors

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    Great videos -- it covers all common practices!

    Great videos -- it covers all common practices!

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