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Beginner anchor building practice on ground, location near Golden/Boulder?

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Patrik · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2010 · Points: 30

Anyone of you have any suggestions of good locations for anchor building practice for beginners? The requirements would be:
1) lots of gear placement possibilities (preferably nuts),
2) not interfering with popular climbing routes nearby (so Positively 4th St in Eldo won't work),
3) close to ground,
4) approach of less than 15min.

coppolillo · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2009 · Points: 70

looker's left side of Happy Hour crag. 12-minute approach, variety of placements, shady setting if it's hot, but you can snag sunshine if it's cold....have at it!


Eliot Augusto · · Boulder, CO · Joined Dec 2013 · Points: 60

Nip and Tuck has good access to both the top of the crag and bottom to show practical setups and stuff on the ground as well.…

Jonathan Stickel · · Golden, CO · Joined Sep 2009 · Points: 85

North Table is well-featured and has a number of trad lines. You should be able to find plenty of placements at ground level along the crag without being under a climbing party.

Kirsten KDog · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2010 · Points: 80

It's been a long time since I've been there, but I believe Lookout Mtn Crag would fit the bill. You should be able to make anchors from the base of the climbs (actually, the climbs are short and fun and worth climbing anyways if you're already there!)

Good luck!

Rick Blair · · Denver · Joined Oct 2007 · Points: 268
Patrik wrote: 2) not interfering with popular climbing routes nearby (so Positively 4th St in Eldo won't work),
There is a lot of unused space in Eldo. How about back of Red Garden or E Face of Whale's tale? What about all the various rock out-croppings around the ranger station? Supremacy Rock, Quartzite ridge.

Castle Rock in BoCan, too far to drive? You can park at the base. You won't bother anyone on the north side.
Jon Banks · · Denver, CO · Joined Nov 2013 · Points: 145

North table is a perfect place. Tons of room and lots of cracks.

Dan Cooksey · · Seattle, WA · Joined Jan 2014 · Points: 365

Im not being a smart ass, but i practiced anchor building in my closet for hours when I first got into climbing.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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