Climbing Essentials

Climbing, from the ground up, with one of the greatest climbers ever.

This class will refine your skills, expand your knowledge and provide greater connection to climbing by one of the greatest to ever live. The skills and methods that Conrad Anker will explain are valuable to all climbers at all skill levels. From beginners or indoor climbers who have yet to make their way to outdoor crags, to seasoned climbers with thousands of hours on the vertical plane, the mentor of the mentors has valuable insights on life, climbing, and adventure with purpose. You will gain confidence to climb outside & feel better prepared when planning your next climb .

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Lessons

1

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5 minutes

Meet Conrad

Conrad's résumé includes big wall first ascents on El Capitan and first free ascents in Zion National Park. He has completed first ascents in Antarctica, Pakistan’s Karakorum and on Yosemite’s El Capitan.


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6 minutes

Conrad's Adventure with Purpose

When it comes to purpose, Conrad and his wife Jenni-Lowe Anker founded the Khumbu Climbing Center in Phortse, Nepal, which provides training to the Nepali workers who have supported Western expeditions for decades. He is on the boards of the Protect Our Winters, The American Himalayan Foundation and the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation.


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3 minutes

On Gravity

Conrad describes his unique relationship with gravity , the powerful force that rules all of climbing.


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12 minutes

Planning Your Climb

Conrad shares his lifetime of experience on the importance of planning, including an exclusive look at his journals from some of his most memorable expeditions.


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12 minutes

Choosing Your Partners

Conrad reviews the essential elements of partner compatibility, or lack of compatibility. He shares his decades of experience on how he has approached and counseled on his most of important of subjects and why it is so important.


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30 minutes

Safety Essentials

Conrad shares his stories of safety, what he has learned, check lists, common mistakes to avoid, essential knots, and how to approach every climb with a mindset on what can go wrong.


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4 minutes

Gear and Packing for a Climb

A tour of Conrad's gear room with a full reverse engineering of a sport, trad, alpine and ice set up.


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10 minutes

Sport Climbing


9

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14 minutes

Trad Climbing


10

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14 minutes

Alpine


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2 minutes

Practical: A Day at the Crag with Conrad

Conrad puts it all together on the wall.


12

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5 minutes

Bonus: Journaling

Conrad shares his passion and the importance of adventure journals.


13

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2 minutes

Bonus: Retiring Your Gear

Conrad explains his process and importance of retiring work out gear.


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4 minutes

Bonus: Essential Knots

Conrad runs through his top 5 most essential knots for all climbers


Meet your Instructor

Few achieve the status of living legend. All agree, Conrad achieved this status years ago.

Now 56, Conrad’s climbing resume continues to grow, having many first ascent including the now famous Meru Shark’s Fin in India with partners Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk in 2011, which led to the Sundance-winning documentary, Meru. Conrad has climbed to the top of the world, Sagarmatha -Mount Everest, three times But for many years, one of his greatest passions has been in the Khumbu Valley of Nepal. Over more than 25 years of expeditions to Nepal, Conrad and his wife, Jennifer Lowe-Anker, founded the Khumbu Climbing Center in Phortse, Nepal, which provides training to the Nepali workers who have supported Western expeditions for decades. He has climbed all over the world, including 12 trips to Antarctica. When it comes to purpose, he is on the boards of the Protect Our Winters, The American Himalayan Foundation and the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation.