The Rock Anchor Mastery Course: Bomber. Svelte. Swift.

First we learn the rules, then we learn how to properly break them. Bomber anchors should take less than 60 seconds to construct. Mark Smiley gives over fifty rock climbing anchor examples from the field. Expand your definition of what a good anchors is, how to make great anchors, and when less is more. Open the doors to bigger objectives by refining the art of rock anchor craftsmanship.

Want To Climb Bigger Routes:

  • Reduce anchor building time to less than one minute
  • Make bomber anchors in a host of situations
  • Read the terrain and make anchors that are "strong enough"
  • Build anchors fast enough that you can change your strategy while on Grade IV, Grade V and Grade VI routes (big boys)

If Yes, Then This Course Is Built For You:

  • 50+ real-life anchors discussed
  • What, where, why, and how an IFMGA Mountain Guide solves anchor problems
  • Expand your anchor 'tool box' for more situations the mountains can throw your way
  • Replace novelty of building a rock anchor, with the nuance of building the best anchor for a given situation

Easy To Complete

Complete this course at your pace.

Forever Access

MTN Sense offers no subscriptions, no time limits, and avalanche certification. Reference this course forever.

One Of A Kind Mountaineering Courses

This unique course tackles the avalanche problems with real case studies.

What sets this course apart?

  • Get educated on your schedule.
  • Access future updates for free.
  • Ask direct questions to Mark Smiley throughout.
  • Safe learning environment. Be bold with your questions.

Avalanche Course Video Curriculum

Welcome To The Course

Introduction - 1:45 Preview


1) It's What's On The Inside That Counts - 18:59
2) Seven Slick Ways To Rig Bolted Anchors - 5:39
3) Three "What IF" Situations - 1:58
4) Piton Craft - 7:32

Webbing, Cord, & Knots

5) Nylon or Dyneema? - 3:33
6) Great Knots To Know - 2:19

Anchor Foundations

7) Build A Textbook Anchor - 4:56
8) The Evolving Role Of An Anchor - 3:05
9) Three Point Anchors - 9:11

Two Point Anchors

10) Two Point Gear Anchors - 1:30
11) Real World Examples - 9:16
12) Intro to Alpine Anchors - 1:16
13) Alpine Anchors - 8:11
14) Two Important Considerations - 1:23

One Point Anchors

15) Big Honkin' Tree - 1:49
16) Horny Anchors - 7:33
17) Pinch Anchors - 1:00
18) Butt Belay Anchor - 1:15
19) Desperate Anchors - 2:00
20) Don't Try This At Home - 3:08
21) One Piece Rappels...barf! - 3:52

Bail Anchors

22) Legit Bail Anchors - 9:08
23) Second Piece Purchase Offer - 2:16

Trash Anchor Clean Up

24) Rat's Nests Suck - 5:16
25) Upgrading Anchor With Forged Rappel Rings - 5:42
26) Fun Belay Turnover Game - 1:00
27) Head Knowledge vs Experienced Application - 3:23

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Digital Avalanche Course

Your pace. Yours forever.
  • Complete the video course on your schedule. Reference lessons in the future.
  • Ask Mark Smiley direct questions.

Digital Avalanche Course

Your pace. Yours forever.
  • Complete the video course on your schedule. Reference lessons in the future.
  • Ask Mark Smiley direct questions.

Digital Avalanche Course

Your pace. Yours forever.
  • Complete the video course on your schedule. Reference lessons in the future.
  • Ask Mark Smiley direct questions.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to this online avalanche course?

Forever - across any devices you own.

Can I ask Mark Smiley questions throughout the course?

Yes. Every video has a place where you can write in questions, and Mark will reply personally. We will meet twice a month, the first and third Sunday evenings Feb-April, via video conference. The mountain missions will be a great time to connect and ask questions in real time.

Is a refund an option?

All courses have a 365 day money back guarantee.

Who is Mark Smiley?

Mark Smiley's passion for adventure has taken him on 30+ expeditions on five continents. He and his wife, Janelle, are the only people that have attempted to climb all 50 Classic Climbs of North America (48 successfully). He was part of a team to set a world record skiing across the entire Alps Mountain Range (1100 miles and 292,000 vertical feet) in a mere 36 days.

His avalanche safety training style is fun, mellow, and easy to understand. As an IFMGA Certified Mountain Guide, Mark Smiley is among the world's elite guides to have reached this status. More important than this certification is his candid style of conveying the best avalanche skills training techniques that will benefit you the most.

Victor Caldua was a friend and mountain guide and father who died in an avalanche while climbing Alpamayo, Peru. He left behind a wonderful wife, Alicia, and two amazing and talented daughters, Vanessa and Estefani. 10% of the profit from this course will be gifted to Victor's family for their education expenses. Vanesse wants to be an engineer and Estefani wants to be a mountain guide.

Sept 1, 2023 Update: $10,000+ sent to Victor's family, to help with school expenses. We are committed to supporting their needs indefinitely. As more people enroll, his kids' education prospects increase.