Top-Roping: Rock Basics
Climbing Basics
This course is designed to teach beginning climbers how to set up and safely use a top-rope system. Having taken the course, climbers will have the skills to head out on their own and climb routes with accessible top-rope bolt anchors. Such routes are common throughout San Diego’s oldest and most popular climbing crag, Mission Gorge, as well as other climbing areas throughout southern California and beyond


Call to schedule your Basics Rock Climbing Course

Course Length:
6 Hours


Beginner - no prior experience required


Class Size Cost/Student
1 $250
2 $175
3-4 $115
5-6 $95

Advanced Anchors Course:

Basic Equipment – We will cover what you need to begin climbing on your own safely. You will be provided with basic equipment and instructed on how to use, clean, and inspect the equipment prior to climbing. The equipment we will go over includes harness, helmet, rope, rope bag, belay and rappel devices, locking and non-locking carabiners, daisy chains, sewn slings, webbing, and cord.

Route Selection - Your instructor will teach you how to read a climbing topo in order to choose a route that is appropriate for you.

Knots - You will learn the appropriate knots for tying in to climb, setting up a top-rope system, making loops of cord and webbing, and closing the system.

Belaying – You will practice how to rig different belay devices, perform safety checks, use proper belay commands, and follow techniques to safely belay a climber.

Rappelling – Your will learn how to set up a rappel and use descending techniques using a friction hitch back-up.

Top-Rope Anchors – Your instructor will show you the proper way to set up a bomber top-rope anchor and go over special considerations. You will practice one technique that will be suitable for climbing at any climbing site where there are accessible top-rope anchor bolts.
After completion of this course you will qualify to take any of our advanced courses. If you’re interested in learning how to lead climb our sport or traditional climbing classes would be a good direction to go. As with all climbers it is always a good idea to take a climber self rescue class so that you’re always prepared for any situation.