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Gym to Crag 

Solid anchor building skills are a must for Climbers looking to head outdoors.

This course introduces confident gym climbers to the skills and knowledge required to top-rope outdoors. The course has two parts: an indoor session introducing key outdoor top-roping equipment and concepts, and an outdoor crag orientation, anchor building lesson and climbing session (usually the following day)!

Gain theoretical and practical knowledge of outdoor top-rope climbing with On The Rocks!

What will I learn?

Anatomy of an Anchor

Assessing and selecting anchor points

Load distribution/Vector forces/Equalization methods 

Climbing knots

Anchor redundancy

Anchor assessment

Cliff-top safety

Outdoor transitioning tips

Top-roping Equipment Selection and Care

Rock Respect Climber's Code

  • Confident indoor top-rope belayers

  • No climbing level requirement

  • No age limit (within gym rules)

  • Climbers should be confident, gym-approved indoor belayers with at least 1 month climbing experience

  • No pre-requisite for climbing ability 

  • Outdoor climbing experience helpful, but not required

  • 2-3 hour indoor session with guide

  • Full-day (8 hr) Outdoor Course

  • All necessary climbing gear provided

  • 1:6 Maximum guide to participant ratio

book a course

Courses are offered through participating climbing gyms. Check out our Course Calendar or ask your gym for more info!

Don't see what you're looking for? Email us with any questions or concerns!


Course is booked through participating gyms. Prices may vary from gym to gym.

For Outdoor Session with On The Rocks:

All climbing equipment for outdoor session is included!

Additional park entrance fees for Rattlesnake Point.

Climbers are required to sign On The Rocks Course Waivers (provided) prior to course.

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