How to suck less and be more better at… Building Anchors - Thursday, May 23, 2019

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The Basics:
Event Type: Training 
Event Location:  Calgary park (804 5 Ave NW) 
Date(s) & Time:   Thursday, May 23, 2019 06:30 PM  
Registration Cut Off:   Thursday, May 23, 2019 12:00 PM  
Event Duration: 2 Hours 
Difficulty Rating:   D1 - See Conversion Chart  
Trip Coordinator(s):    

Participant Info:
Who's Invited:   Members & Guests, All Ages Welcome  
Attendee Screening:   Registration is First-Come/First-Serve
Maximum Group Size: 30
Maximum No. Guests: 10
Minimum Group Size: 2
Maximum No. Guests Per Member: 2
Number Registered So Far:   10 (View sign-ups, waiting list)
Are Dogs Permitted:   Yes


Speakers are volunteers who feel somewhat knowledgeable and are willing to help others achieve basic knowledge in an area- they are by no means experts, and may in fact not be the most knowledgeable person in attendance. The goal is to help improve the knowledge and skill level of all members who participate on mountain trips through regular skill updates. Discussion and participant input is welcomed during sessions.

Susan is a self-professed nerd for all things anchor, including equalizing, materials, and loading. Christine has plenty of experience building anchors in different situations & rock.

This session will focus on the following:

  • EARNEST (Equalizing, Angles Appropriate, Redundant, Non- Extending, Strong, and Timely), and how to balance these desirable anchor characteristics. There is almost always trade-offs to be made.
  • Basic anchor building (e.g. two bolts)
  • More complicated arrangements (e.g 3+ "equalized" pieces, considering upward pull)
  • Limitations & how to choose what kind of anchor technique is appropriate
  • Basics of the materials (e.g. spectra, cordalette, dynamic vs static, etc)

After a group discussion, we will move on to hands on anchor building practice.

Required Items to Bring:
Harness, anchor building items (biners, slings, cordelette, etc), appropriate clothing for an evening outdoors in June (Rain or shine, we'll still do the evening, the shelter can keep us dry).

Recommended Items to Bring:
If you are really keen, read up this article ahead of time: estAnchors3.pdf

How to Get There:
Event Directions:   Use GPS to navigate to this park, it is a tricky neighbourhood! If you are using transit, it is a 3 minute walk from Sunnyside train station (Go North along the East side of the LRT line).  

** ‘How to suck less and be more better at’ is put on by volunteers, who are by no means experts or guides, just people who are willing to share some knowledge in an area. Discussion and participant input is welcomed. All levels of experience and knowledge are welcome!

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
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*Cancellation Policy*: If a participant is unable to attend a paid course or trip, there will be no refund unless the participant finds a suitable replacement that is acceptable to the trip coordinator. It will then be the participant's responsibility to recover funds from the replacement. If the coordinator cancels an event, participants get a refund (less any non- recoverable costs).
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Registration for this event closed on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 12:00 PM.