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50 Non-Textbook Anchors I Trusted My Life To

How to confidently build strong and fast rock climbing anchors in the real world

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Does it take you longer than 2 minutes to build a bomber rock climbing anchor? Do doubts of your anchor's strength have you nervously adding more gear, and burning precious daylight? Do you hate being passed or tailgated by other climbers on popular routes? Has your partner ever given your anchor the long-stare when they arrive at your belay? If you said yes to any of these questions, then your anchor building skills have room for improvement. This course shows you how to build real-world anchors that are super strong, and are quick to build. This course will give you a working knowledge of the optimal gear used to build climbing anchors, their limitations, and their advantages. It will give you several new "tools" for your anchor building toolbox. These are critical skill for tackling bigger routes.

We start with a foundational level of anchors, and then build toward advanced techniques and "tricks" that will help you create strong and fast anchors. We then dive into the decision making process of some real world examples. The course is designed specifically for those that are into multi-pitch rock climbing, and climbers that want an insider's look at an IFMGA guide's thought process regarding the anchors he chooses to build in a host of different, common and uncommon, situations.

This course is not for beginner climbers. The content and concepts might be out of their league. After getting some climbing experience, climbing with a guide or mentor for a couple seasons, they will be ready for the content of this course.

Additionally, when you enroll in this course you will also have access to a private Facebook group that will be administered by Mark Smiley, where the learning continues. In the group you will receive direct feedback on YOUR anchor photos. Making this course the kick starter on your journey to become a faster and safer climber!

You will learn the KNOWLEDGE of these skills, but the APPLICATION of these skills needs to be applied under the watchful eye of a mentor or certified guide. This course does not perfectly replace real time instruction and feedback. Yet it might be better than some real life courses out there! Especially if your instructor only thinks they know what they are talking about.

So if your dreaming about tackling your first Grade IV or V climb, this course will help prepare you to send in style.


Your Instructor


Mark Smiley
Mark Smiley

Mark has been climbing around the world for the past 15 years for personal and professional adventures. He and his wife have attempted all fifty classic climbs of North America. As an IFMGA Mountain Guide, he climbs with clients in every corner of the earth.

He also loves photography, film, skiing, trying hard things, and teaching. This course taps into all that experience and training, to deliver a high-value, real world, learning experience. Learn more: smileysproject.com or on Instagram





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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own. You can also download any video you like for offline entertainment.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
If you don't learn anything from this course, contact Mark in the first 30 days and he will give you a full refund.
How do I join the private Facebook Group?
Simply tell Mark you want to join by adding a comment to the last video and he will add you to the group.
Is this course equal to hiring Mark, or another certified guide, to teach me these skills in the field?
This course is great at introducing concepts, and showing you very cool techniques to make you a better climber. Climbing is dangerous! This course lacks real-time feedback on the anchors you decide to trust your life to. Please hire a certified guide to help with the application of these skills.
Will this course make me as strong as Alex Honnold?
Maybe.
Kinda pricey?!
Try this: ring, ring, Hello? Hi Mom. Hiiii honey, how are you? Good. I'm thinking about taking this online rock climbing course from a certified guide to help me climb safer and make good decisions in the mountains, but it's $199, could I get an early Christmas present from you?" "Yes, of course dear, that sounds like a wonderful way to keep my baby safe" [double fist pump in the air] "You're the best mom, I love you!"

"I'm super excited to teach you the many lessons I've learned over the years about building strong and fast anchors. I'm also looking forward to you joining the private Facebook group where the learning will continue." - Mark Smiley

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