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Name: Anchoring Foundations
Starts: Sat Nov 05, 2016
Meetup: TBD
Return: Sat Nov 05, 2016

Registration opens: Thu Oct 20, 2016
Event category: Instructional Program
Difficulty grade: B1  [?]
For members only: Yes
Screening used: Yes
Max participants: 17

Organizer: Winifred Swatschek
Profile info:
Trip Planning Questions

Please give a basic overview of your climbing background, such as: are you more of a rock climber, scrambler, mountaineer or just getting into the activity?

What are your learning objectives in taking this course?

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Participant Information

Course Objectives:

This instructional program covers the fundamental skills needed in building anchors for rope work, whether it be top rope climbing, multi-pitch climbing, scrambling, or rappelling.  The day will consist of discussions, demonstrations, and practice.  We will work off bolts, trees, and instructor-placed “trad gear.”  Be prepared for a long, full day.

Note: The placement of the protection gear will not be covered—these will be covered in follow-up instructional programs:  1) Anchoring: Rock Protection (nuts, hexes, cams, rock features)   and   2) Anchoring: Ice/Snow Protection (pickets, ice screws, flukes, bollards).


You will be required to complete pre-course homework:  details and instructions will be provided in the Planning Forum.  The homework will consist of a review of knots and some reading material.  This will need to be done at least three days prior to the course.  You will be required to submit confirmation of completion of homework to the organizer; failure to do so may result in your course registration being cancelling and your fee refunded.  The homework is intended to make your field day more focused and productive.

Minimum Gear:

  • Harness
  • Helmet
  • Suitable clothing for the weather (potentially all day in the rain)
  • Webbing (full strength),  min 6m
  • Cord  (7 or 8mm), min 6m
  • Non-lock biners, min 6
  • locking biners, min 4, more recommended
  • 1 Rope (>30M length, 7 – 11mm diameter)
  • 1 prusik suitable for the rope you have
  • Belay/Rappel device + belay carabiner

Questions:  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me (Winifred) via email at your earliest convenienc

Group Size:  The maximum number of participants has been set to *12* not including the volunteer instructor team.  The minimum number required for the course to proceed will be *8*, including two volunteer instructors.

Emergency Info:  Please make sure your Emergency Contact info has been added to your web-account profile.  You can do this by logging into the bcmc.ca website, then click on: My Account > Edit Profile Information > Private Info and add your Emergency Name and Phone Number info.  Please re-enter your current password to complete the process.  Your emergency contact info is stored privately and only made available to those organizing events that you choose to attend.

Medical issues:  If there are any current medical issues that should be shared with the course organizer, please send me an email message and/or phone ASAP.  For example, if you are very allergic to bee/wasp bites, or you are taking medication that could be vital information to First Aid Responders.  Anything you choose to share will remain private.


Course Fee & Registration Information

Course Fee:  $20 CAD.
Please note that the course organizers are volunteers. Your course fee is paid directly to the BCMC and supports the club.

Registration process:

  1. click on "Join this Trip"  to be added to the "Request List"
  2. after the organizer approves your request, you will be added to the "Waiting List"
  3. you should now have access to the "Pay Now" (PayPal) button to pay online
  4. after payment has been confirmed by PayPal, you will be moved to the "Confirmed List" and a confirmation email will be sent to you. 

Notes about the "Confirmed List":
 1) Confirmed List ordering will be based on when course fee payments were received.
 2) Group total, including organizers, is limited by "Max participants:".
 3) Cancellation fees may apply if a "Confirmed" participant withdraws from the course and requests a refund.  For more information, please review the BCMC Course Refund Policy.

Payment options:

  1. online PayPal / Credit Card payment through the BCMC website is preferred,
  2. the alternate method is send a cheque payable to the B.C. Mountaineering Club and mailed to PO Box 2674, Vancouver, BC V6B 3W8.  Allow time for delivery since payment will not be considered "received" until the cheque has been deposited into the BCMC bank account.  Contact the organizer to request a space on the "Confirmed List" be held for you.


The organizers will check the weather forecast the evening before and cancel the course if there is a weather forecast for 'heavy' rain and wind, i.e.: a "Storm Warning".  If the organizers decide to cancel the course then full refunds will be issued by the BCMC as soon as possible.  Also note, if the organizer(s) decides to remove a participant that has already paid, possibly for not preparing as requested, then a full refund will be provided by the BCMC.

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