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PE 1656: Outdoor Anchor Building

Climbers outdoors at Peterskill

Come learn how to build climbing anchors for your outdoor adventures! In this course you will learn anchor building best practices, get hands on use with different types of anchor building material including appropriate knots and general care, learn how to place various types of traditional protection, route finding and base management, and how to keep yourself safe while working at the edge of a cliff.  

We will cover trip logistics and anchor building basics in two classroom sessions and go leave campus for a weekend of building anchors, climbing, and camping!  

This is your opportunity to build self sufficiency and take your climbing to real rock.


Course Fee

Students: $385
Community: $480
CU Faculty/Staff: $425

Fee Notes

All climbing equipment and discounted basic camping gear.


Participation in all class sessions is required in order to receive PE credit.


Basic Rock Climbing or equivalent experience, Top rope belay certification minimum.

Drop Deadline

September 3rd


Enroll through Student Center or by contacting COE at 607-255-6183 or


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Monday 9/13/21 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Wednesday 9/15/21 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fri-Sun 9/17/21 to 9/19/21 5:00pm to 10:00pm