TopRope Anchor Building


8 Hours






Golden, CO

About the Course

Learn how to set up your own climbing rope on a wide variety of anchors you may find on the Front Range. Once you know the basics of outdoor rock climbing, this is the next step. We will instruct on the skills required to safely set up a top-rope with natural protection, traditional gear, and on a two-bolt anchor. We will instruct on gear knowledge, gear placement, hazard evaluation, cliff side access, various anchors, rappelling, and anchor cleaning. This class takes place on North table Mountain in Golden, CO. This is only minutes from Denver. Directions will be emailed with booking confirmation. Pre-Reqs: Knowing basic climbing skills like belaying, tying in, and verbal commands are required. To learn these skills, take our Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing Course.

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Trip Itinerary

9:00 AM - Meet Your Guide and Gear Up
You will meet your climbing guide at North Table Mountain in Golden, CO (Directions provided upon booking). We will supply any required equipment you don’t already have.
9:30 AM - Hike to Our Cliff
Expect amazing views of the Colorado mountains and Denver as we hike to our rappelling cliff on top of the mountain.
10:00 AM - Top Rope Anchors
Learn how to access the cliff edge and set up various anchors using trees, boulders, and traditional climbing gear.
12:00 AM - Lunch
Refuel for the second part of this course.
12:30 PM - Natural Anchor Practice
After lunch, get hands on and setup your own top rope using natural protection.
2:30 PM - Bolted Anchors
Learn various anchor systems to build a strong anchor on a permanent bolted anchor.
5:00 PM - Debrief and Depart
Ask any questions, get feedback, and depart. You now know the basics of building strong top-rope climbing anchors.
Equipment List

You can purchase your own equipment or borrow ours until after the course.

  • Climbing Shoes
  • Harness
  • Helmet
  • Belay Device
  • Climbing Rope (60-70m)
  • Locking Carabiners (6)
  • 7mm Cordelette (15 - 20ft)
  • Personal Anchoring System (PAS)
  • 5mm Accessory Cord - 3ft
  • Static or Semi-Static Rope (100 - 150 ft.)
  • Various Slings and Non-Locking Carabiners
  • Basic Trad Rack


Wonderful experience today taking the Anchor Building course. It really exceeded expectations. Dan made all the technical learning so approachable and fun while also making me feeling completely safe, I had such a blast and acquired so much more knowledge on rock climbing in general. He has a great approach to teaching, I'm so excited I now have the skills and the confidence to take my climbing to the next level. If you're looking to expand your knowledge, skills and confidence in rock climbing, or even just looking for a really fun day out, this company is worth it! Very happy I went for it!
rock climbing on north table mountain
May 2019
Very informative class. The people were fun and Dan was an excellent instructor. I learned so much and am truly hooked on rock climbing. I intend to continue taking classes with this company
completing the climb
Kate D.
July 2018
So I have been climbing my whole life and when I got the opportunity to go to CO I had to hit the rock. Dan with DCC is not only extremely personable, he is extremely knowledgeable and safe. His experience showed and I have to say I will most definitely be back.
learning to rock climb
John H.
April 2017
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