Intermediate Anchors & Self-Rescue Module - Tacoma - 2019

Climbing Course

Intermediate Anchors & Self-Rescue Unit

This module will cover the basics of anchor building, self-rescue of a follower, and review leading on bolts. This unit is a prerequisite for the Tacoma Intermediate Trad Rock Module and the Tacoma Intermediate Hard Snow and Ice module.

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In this module, students will study the construction of 2 point and 3 point anchors and will practice rescuing and hauling a follower. Students will be tested on their proficiency of leading (bolted routes) on rock, knowledge of anchors, and self-rescue skills.  

Required Reading:

  • Self-Rescue, 2nd edition, David Fasulo, ISBN 0762755334
  • Climbing Anchors, 2nd edition, John Long and Bob Gaines, ISBN 0762723262 (Chapters 5-9)
  • Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills, 9th edition
    • Part II Climbing Fundamentals
    • Part V. Leadership, Safety, and Rescue

Recommended Reading:

  • High Angle Rescue Techniques. Tom Vines and Steve Hudson, ISBN 0323019145
  •  Accidents in North American Mountaineering, any edition


  1. Tacoma Intermediate Program Student
  2. If new to the program, you must be signed up and teach at one of the following basic field trips: FT1 Prep, FT1 or FT2, and/or be in good standing with the Intermediate Committee on teaching credits (If you are not new to the program you must be caught up with all other module teaching requirements and/or head by 1 credit, or signed up to teach at one of the above field trips).
  3. Supply a lead belay card from a climbing gym or contact the climbing committee about exceptions.
Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment



Auto-locking belay device (typically BD Guide or Petzl Reverso)


Assortment of perlon and webbing slings

Assortment of locking and non-locking carabiners

Course Materials

There are no materials for this course.