AAC Know The Ropes: Cleaning An Anchor In Single Pitch Climbing

By Rock and Ice | April 18th, 2017

Like all climbing American Alpine Club (AAC) education resources, cleaning an anchor in a single pitch setting has some simple principles that will help climbers find a technical solution to most common anchor-cleaning scenarios. Our most recent Know the Ropes video reminds climbers that anchor-cleaning should ideally be a principle-based procedure because:

The hardware on the tops of cliffs can vary wildly.
The stances vary quite a bit.
The tools climbers have available can vary too.

These principles will guide viewers to appreciate how safety systems work, how to be more efficient, and how to communicate effectively when cleaning. That kind of perspective helps us analyze our decision making and solve problems in adverse/unexpected conditions.

View more Know the Ropes resources here: americanalpineclub.org/best-practices


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