Anchors School

Anchors – The Next Step in Your Climbing Journey

This course is the next step for AMC Outdoor Rock Climbing grads. We will teach you how to safely and efficiently build anchors for all aspects of rock climbing.  Combined with the skills learned in the Outdoor Rock Climbing School, you will have the complete skill set required for safe top-rope climbing.

LEARN: Anchor types, components, required knots and hitches, use of natural and artificial protection (stoppers, tricams, hexes, SLCDs), and critical elements of safe anchor construction.  Understand and apply SERENE and ERNEST principles in hands-on practice with individual instruction.

For additional information see AMC Anchors School – Fall 2018.
For instructional materials see Anchors Manual and Instructional Updates


Date Time Location
Tue  Nov 6 5:30pm – 9:30pm Phoenix – North Mountain Visitor Center
Thu  Nov 8 6:00pm – 9:30pm Phoenix – North Mountain Visitor Center
Sat   Nov 10 8:00am – 4:00pm Chino Valley – Sullivan’s Canyon
Sun  Nov 11 8:00am – 5:00pm Chino Valley – Promised Land

Experience required:

AMC Outdoor Rock Climbing School graduate or equivalent, which must include knowledge of how to belay, rappel, prusik, and basic climbing knots (figure eight tie-in, figure eight on a bight, grapevine/double fisherman, girth hitch).


  • 2 non-locking “D” or Oval carabiners (bring more if you have them)
  • 3 locking carabiners (at least 3, one of which should be a parabiner)
  • 1 tube style rappel/belay device (Trango Jaws, Black Diamond ATC, Trango Pyramid, Figure-8, etc.)
  • 1 climbing harness
  • 1 ea – 4′, 6′, 10′ 6mm prusiks (untied length)
  • 1 ea – 10′, 20′ slings (1″ tubular webbing, untied length)
  • 1 personal anchor slings (commercial PAS or 4′ sewn nylon or Spectra runners or equivalent)
  • 1 20′ cordelette (20-foot length of 7mm accessory cord)
  • 1 double length (48”) sewn nylon sling (typically 11/16” wide)
  • 1 helmet (req’d for Sat & Sun, provided by AMC if you don’t have your own)

*NOTE – The slings,personal anchor and harness are the only additional equipment needed over the AMC Basic Outdoor Climbing School requirements.

Helmets: Students will be required to wear a helmet during the Saturday and Sunday session. Helmets are available if you do not have one. This class is designed to teach you how to set top-rope anchors. In order to become independent and set your own anchors, you should start acquiring anchor gear. These purchases will be limited by how much money you want/have to spend and how much interest you have in climbing independently. The following gear is not required for the anchors class, but if you have some, you will be able to practice setting it in a controlled, learning environment during the class. All of the gear recommended below can be used for the lead class, and none of it will be wasted if you intend to set your own anchors. All gear should be marked prior to bringing it to class to prevent confusion between it and other people’s gear. If you don’t know how to mark gear, check with an instructor before doing so to avoid weakening equipment due to improper marking techniques.

OTHER GEAR that you may want to bring to anchors class:

  • Pro you might already own or borrow from a friend (hexes, nuts, camming devices, Tri-cams, etc)
  • Extra biners (regular D’s, ovals, lockers – avoid specialty biners at this time)
  • Extra slings (perhaps additional 20′ slings, untied length, 24′ sewn runners)


  • Cost: $125 plus membership if not already a member
  • The annual membership fee is: $40 for an individual and $50 for a family, prorated to $20 ($25 for family) if registering in the second half of the year.  Membership is valid through Dec. 31.  If joining after August 31st, the full year membership fee will cover the balance of this year and the entire following year (Bonus!).  Please note that the membership fee is non-refundable.
  • Payment may be made by PayPal or check.

If paying by PayPal, select from the options below:

Anchors School

Contact Scott Kuchman at email: for current mailing address information or for any questions or additional information.

Refund policy: The cost of the class is fully refundable if you decide to cancel.  The Membership Fee is non-refundable.

Anchors School Instructional Update

Copyright © 2018 Arizona Mountaineering Club | Design by