12. Building Trad Anchors – Part 2 of 2

In this video we continue reviewing the fundamentals of building a traditional anchor system. In our last video, we covered Solid and Equalized, now let’s review the following:


Check each of the pieces in the anchor to determine whether a failure in one point can cause the entire anchor system to fail. A good anchor should have built-in “back ups” that ensure no single point failure results in the entire anchor failing.


Efficiency is especially important in multi-pitch trad climbing where you need to get up a long route before nightfall.

No Extension

Ensure that if one of the pieces were to fail, the master point would not extend and shock load the anchor. A shock load creates tremendous forces and we want to avoid this type of load in any situation.

Important Note – Be sure to tie a figure eight or overhand knot to create the equalized master point. Not doing so could result in a failing of either the No Extension and/or the Redundant tests. See video above for demonstration on how this may occur.

So remember, always check to make sure your anchor is S.E.R.E.N.E!

We hope you found this video helpful. Feel free to comment below with questions or thoughts!


Please remember, climbing is inherently dangerous. Climb at your own risk.