RCK 2.1 PRO - Rock Climbing Protection and Belay Anchors, 10/20


RCK 2.1 PRO is a special training taught by a PCIA certified rock climbing instructor at a max 6:1 participant-to-instructor ratio, so you get the best training in the smallest group setting. Spots are reservable on a first come, first serve basis, for SMC paid members only. Completion places the RCK 2 badge on your SMC profile and better qualifies you to attend all club climbs and expeditions that require RCK 2 skills. Online RCK 2 attendance is included and recommended, and can be arranged as necessary.

This limited training opportunity is for SMC paid members who desire to lock in a training date with a nationally certified SMC rock climbing instructor in a small group setting. This is a full day of  comprehensive protection and anchors instruction. We'll start with an orientation to all lead climbing gear, including natural, artificial (passive and active) and fixed protection, then practice placing protection, assessment of single point anchors, build in the concepts of SRENE, equalization, v-angle, and finish with instruction and practice in all varieties of multi-point and multi-directional belay anchors and associated belay methods. Loaner gear is provided, 8 hours of instruction, maximum 6, $155.

HOW TO ATTEND: Make sure to "sign in" so you will be identified as having a membership. Then pay the fee to register. Your status will be displayed on this webpage and you will receive a confirmation email with more instructions a few days before the event. 

Rock Climbing Level Two, Day One Training: Professional Instructor, Rock Climbing Protection and Belay Anchors (RCK 2.1 PRO) 



9:00 Meet and greet, orientation, personal gear, safety

10:00 Orientation to gear, including natural, artificial (passive and active) and fixed protection.

11:00 Concepts of protection placement, and assessment of single point anchors.

12:00 Group anchor placement and assessment clinic.

1:00 Concepts and practice of SRENE, equalization, v-angle.

2:00 Concepts of multi-point and multi-directional anchor building.

3:00 Multi-point, multi-directional belay anchors practice and assessment.

4:00 Associated belay methods instruction, practice and assessment.

5:00 Wrap-up and debrief.

RCK 2 Curriculum

Successful completion better qualifies you to attend club climbing events. This event has limited enrollment and a low student-to-instructor ratio so we can be sure you are learning the key skills and concepts required to safely participate in future club outings, or outings of your own.


All paid members receive significant discounts off ALL gear at Bobcat's Outdoor Adventure Sports, www.bobcatsoutdoor.com, (916) 505-7964. Brands include Black Diamond, ArcTeryx, La Sportiva, Petzl, Outdoor Research, Mountain Hardwear, MSR, Osprey and many others. 


  • Wicking, breathable base layer, top and bottom
  • Insulating, weather-resistant mid layer
  • Wind and waterproof shell layer
  • Socks
  • Light gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat


  • Maximum 55 liter backpack
  • High energy food, snacks and drinks
  • 1 - 2 liters water
  • Headlamp
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Small personal first aid kit
  • Toiletries, personal items, medications, etc.
  • Optional items for consideration: camera, small knife or multi-tool, bandana

Climbing Gear*

  • Approach shoes or hiking boots
  • Rock climbing shoes, not required but suggested*
  • Hard shell climbing helmet*
  • Mountaineering or rock climbing style harness*
  • Four locking carabiners*
  • Three non-locking carabiners*
  • Auto-locking tube-slot belay device*
  • Three runners, single or double length*
  • 6 - 7mm, 20' - 30' static cordellete, and/or 8' loop "quad"
  • 20' - 30' of nylon webbing
  • Any of your own passive or active protection

*If you are without some of this important safety gear, it may be available for loan upon prior request, first-come, first serve.
For help in selecting the appropriate item, please refer to the SMC Detailed Clothing, Equipment and Gear List

Important Information

  • In order to attend, you must have a paid membership with the Sierra Mountaineering Club so that you can register. Join SMC here.
  • All SMC outings practice established Leave No Trace principles to be good stewards of the land.
  • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described reflects the planned events, however circumstances beyond the leader's control, including weather, may necessitate changes.
  • SMC carries communication devices, medical kits, and requires all leaders to have current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as specific SMC training
  • Sierra Mountaineering Club is a 501(c)7 not-for-profit social and recreational mountaineering club. Our mission is to be a community where people connect, learn and climb together.

Recommended Guide Services in California

We have worked with and recommend the following certified guide services:

Sierra Mountain Guides - http://sierramtnguides.com

Alpine Skills International - http://www.alpineskills.com 

Questions? Need more information?

Email us at info@smc.club or call (916) 692-0005 if you have questions regarding this class.