Technical Lessons

Top rope anchor

Intro to Top Rope Anchors

This hybrid online/ in-person course is geared towards the gym climber who is looking to make the move into outdoor climbing.  The skills presented will give climbers a foundation of anchor building knowledge that can be used in many climbing applications.  However, this course will focus on the equipment and techniques necessary to build a quality anchor at southwest Michigan's two closest crags: the Ledges (Grand Ledge, MI) and Devil's Lake State Park (Baraboo, WI).  The former is a top-rope only site while the latter either requires climbers to setup a top-rope or to traditionally lead the climbs. This course will cover topics that include: anchoring principles, anchoring materials, knots, and basic anchor setups.

Please visit the Campus Recreation Event calendar for upcoming offerings and registration.

Online Content
Note: This content is password protected.  Registered participants will receive a username and password in the confirmation email.

Top Rope Anchors Module

Top Managed Systems

Top Managed Systems

This hybrid online/ in-person course is designed to help build fundamental knowledge of technical climbing systems. Whether you are semi new to climbing, or have been sending routes for years, you are sure to pick up on some valuable knowledge to help you in the world of vertical pursuits! The course introduces technical climbing systems implemented from the top of a climb. Rappelling, anchoring, and advanced belay techniques are all included.

This workshop will be broken up into five (5) distinct sections, or "Modules" to help you progress and incorporate new knowledge throughout the course. These modules are meant to be educational, interactive, and ultimately fun for you. Each week participants will be given access to a new online module.  It is strongly recommended that students complete the online portions of that week's module by 6:00pm Wednesday which will allow for adequate practice time BEFORE the in-person meeting.

Participants for Top Managed Systems (TMS) will be contacted with a username & password necessary for accessing the content below.  Each module will become active 1 week prior to the in-person meeting for that module & will remain active for the duration of the course

Please visit the Campus Recreation event calendar for more information on our next offering of TMS & how to register.

Online Content
Note: Links to content are date-sensitive and will only work during a TMS course.

TMS Introduction     Module 1     Module 2     Module 3     Module 4     Module 5     


Self Rescue

Self-Rescue

Pre-Requisite: Top Managed Systems

Climbing is inherently dangerous.  Eventually, something won't go as expected and your level of preparedness could be the difference between an ordeal & an adventure.  This hybrid course further builds on the material from Top Managed Systems to give climbers important tools for dealing with a variety of situations.

This workshop will be broken up into five (5) distinct sections, or "Modules" to help you progress and incorporate new knowledge throughout the course. These modules are meant to be educational, interactive, and ultimately fun for you. Each week participants will be given access to a new online module.  It is strongly recommended that students complete the online portions of that week's module by 6:00pm Wednesday which will allow for adequate practice time BEFORE the in-person meeting.

Participants for Self-Rescue(SR) will be contacted with a username & password necessary for accessing the content below.  Each module will become active 1 week prior to the in-person meeting for that module & will remain active for the duration of the course

Please the Campus Recreation event calendar for more information on our next offering of SR & how to register.

 

 

Online Content
Note: Links to content are date-sensitive and will only work during a SR course.

Self-Rescue Introduction   Module 1   Module 2   Module 3   Module 4   Module 5