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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: $395
Community: $425
CU Faculty/Staff: $410

Fill out the Fee Waiver Application to apply for a free or reduced PE course. 

Fee Notes

Includes all climbing equipment and group camping gear (tents, stoves, etc.)
If you don't have your own, personal camping gear (sleeping bag, headlamp, etc.) is available for rent at a 25% discount. See Equipment List below for details.


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 4th


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


Medical Form
Lindseth Climbing Waiver





Monday 9/23/24 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Wednesday 9/25/24 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Fri-Sun 9/27/24 to 9/29/24 5:00pm to 10:00pm

Rock Climbing Equipment List

* These items are provided by COE and are covered in the course fee.
** These items can be rented from the COE Outfitting. Prices below reflect 25% discount, tax not included.

  • Synthetic base layers for bad weather

  • Cotton t-shirts for nice weather
  • Closed toe shoes.  No sandals, even around camp!
  • Wool or synthetic socks
  • **Waterproof rain jacket with hood, available for $7.50 from COE Outfitting
  • **Waterproof rain pants, available for $6.00 from COE Outfitting
  • Warm hat
  • 1-2 Insulating layers: fleece or synthetic fill jacket
  • Warm gloves
Camping Items
  • *Sleeping bag, rated for 25F or lower
  • *Sleeping pad
  • Pillow (optional)
  • Bowl, spoon, mug
  • *Pack or duffel bag to carry it all
Personal Items
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses (optional)
  • **Working headlamp and an extra set of fresh batteries, available for $9.00 from COE Outfitting
  • Personal medicine
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Food or money for travel meals
  • Camera (optional)
  • Water bottles to hold 2 liters of water
Climbing Gear
  • *Helmet
  • *Harness
  • *Climbing shoes
  • Backpack to carry personal and a some of group climbing gear
Group Gear
  • * Tents and Tarps
  • * Cooking gear & Food
  • * First Aid Kit
  • * Climbing Equipment