building rock climbing anchors

Building Climbing Anchors

Learn to build climbing anchors with Vail, Colorado’s #1 recommended climbing guides.


  • Available daily


4 or 6 hours


  • Price varies by climbing location. Please call for details (970) 949-9111


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Experience Level

Intermediate to Expert

Anchor construction and anchor evaluation are key components for any rock climber wishing to advance their risk management, and ultimately their skills, on the rock. Apex Mountain School’s professional guides will teach you diverse techniques for building effective anchor systems in a multitude of climbing scenarios that you might face when top roping, lead climbing and multi-pitch climbing.

This course is designed for those with previous climbing experience, looking for specialized instruction in anchor building. Apex’s guides (many with AMGA credentials) share tools for building quality anchor systems.

Topics may include:

  • Building anchors with natural and artificial gear
  • Top rope anchors
  • ERNEST anchor evaluation
  • Fixed gear use
  • Discussion of rock types and density
  • Load forces and fall factors

Apex’s rock climbing anchors course is offered to all ages and fitness levels. No previous anchor building experience is required. A private guide, and all technical rock climbing gear (rock climbing shoes, ropes, helmets, harnesses, etc.) are included.

View our Colorado Rock Climbing page for other trip and course options in Colorado.

Choose #1 recommended Apex for your Building Climbing Anchors course. Satisfaction guaranteed.

Advanced reservations are recommended, not required. Some personal items provided by participant(s); see the gear list tab above.

Ready to sign up? To register, click the Book It tab above.  You may also call (970) 949-9111 or use our contact page.

What to bring:

  • Waterproof shell
  • Tennis shoes or trail shoes (no open-toed shoes)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • 32oz. water per. person
  • Food

You may want to consider:

  • Synthetic wear
  • Ice cold fluids
  • Lip balm
  • Camera
  • Bug Spray

Apex Provides

  • Climbing Shoes
  • Harnesses (42''/44'' max)
  • Helmets
  • Ropes, Belay Devices, Anchor Building Gear
  • Professional Guide

Participant Forms:

If you wish to complete your participant forms in advance, download and print out the pdf below. Complete both pages for each participant, and give to your guide at the beginning of your trip.


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