Plastic to Stone (Focus Anchors)

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Hooked on gym climbing but overwhelmed by the technical aspect of outdoor climbing? Don’t know where to begin or what gear you need? This clinic is set up to take gym climbers of all skill levels to the crag in the most efficient and safest way possible. All classes are participant focused and safety oriented taught by a certified AMGA/PCGI climbing guide. Participants will learn the basics of locating climbs, building top rope anchors, belay techniques, climbing gear essentials and minimizing risk. By the end of the day each climber will get to set up their own top rope system and climb on it.

Who is this for? All climbers looking to learn or refresh their knowledge of top rope systems, anchor building techniques, belay techniques and climbing gear fundamentals.


     1-2 people = $150 per person

     3 people = $135 per person

     4 or more = $115 per person

     *Curious on pricing? Contact us to find out how many people are already registered.

Client to guide ratio: 6:1

Trip Length: This is a full day course and requires participants to bring a lunch

Dates: April 14th, June 9th, August 11th, October 13th, November 10th, December 8th. Want more dates? Just email us and we can schedule something for you using the above pricing.

Location: Crowder’s Mtn (April-June), Pilot Mountain (August - December)

Topics Covered:

  • Using guide books and topography maps
  • Introduction to climbing Knots (Figure 8 follow through, Boling, Clove Hitch, Water knot, double fisherman’s)
  • Building natural and fixed(bolted) anchors
  • Approaching the edge
  • Body movement
  • Outdoor belaying
  • Climbing safety
  • Using a redirect
  • Knowledge of climbing gear and equipment essentials
  • LNT

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Thrifty Adventures,
1173 Whitson Branch Rd.
Bakersville NC 28705
Phone: (828) 260-4505
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Thrifty Adventures has reached a milestone! We are growing rapidly!  We thank you for your continued support! In case you missed it, Thrifty is moving their center of operations to Hidden Holler Farm in Red Hill, Bakersville WNC. The farm is 7.5 acres, circa 1890’s and is rich with history! It is located a short walk from the North Toe River!

What to expect 4-1-2019! The new TA office and Tiny Hike Shop will be located in one of the many tobaccos drying barns. The hike shop will include items like water, snacks, sunscreen, river shoes, rain gear and other items typically needed for folks on our trips!

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