ROCK CLIMBING CLINicS

AUGUST 24-25


SATURDAY ClINICS

 

Intro to Multi-Pitch Climbing

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Aspect Adventure

Description

If you've ever been climbing in single pitch terrain, clipped the anchor and just wanted to go higher, this clinic is for you. Drawing from techniques familiar to single pitch climbing as well as some new systems, this clinic will focus on getting you and your climbing partner up and down multiple-pitch climbs efficiently and safely. We'll focus on routes up to Grade III.

Intro to Adaptive Outdoor Rock Climbing

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National Ability Center

Description

Climbing is for everyone! Have you ever wanted to get out on the rocks but feel unsure because of a differing ability? Join the National Ability Center for an intro to adaptive outdoor climbing. We will have all kinds of adaptive systems and equipment to try alongside our skilled adaptive climbing guides.

 

Aid Climbing: How to Approach a Big Wall

GUIDE OUTFITTER

Red River Adventures

Description

This is an excellent introduction to the techniques and systems used to ascend a big wall. Learn about station management, how to rig a porta-ledge, haul system options and aid climbing. This clinic is best suited for climbers who have previous experience outdoor climbing.

Base Site Self Rescue

GUIDE OUTFITTER

Red River Adventures

Description

When climbing, what may be a simple scenario could turn stressful very quickly. This clinic discusses self-rescue principals specific to bottom up rock climbing situations (top rope and single pitch lead climbing). Belay transfers, belay escapes and counter ascension/lowering skill sets are taught and practiced. Self-rescue involves the use of common tools and equipment that you might regularly have with you while out at the crag.

 

Sport Lead Climbing

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Red River Adventures & Petzl

Description

Been to the gym and looking for the next adventure? Maybe you have top-roped outside but are craving the sharp end? Take that next step and learn to lead! This clinic introduces participants to lead climbing fundamentals in a sport or fixed protection setting (bolts, etc.). Equipment use, leading principals, anchors, route setup and cleaning are all discussed and practiced. Participants will lead climb in a mock-lead top rope environment.

Art of the Project

GUIDE OUTFITTER

Red River Adventures & CAMP

Description

This is an intensive clinic designed to help climbers break into new levels of difficulty in a single pitch environment. CAMP athlete Ben Rueck, who helped develop the curriculum, credits his growth as a climber to learning and understanding the art of project. The curriculum is designed to put a structure behind projecting that can be used to dissect and accomplish our objectives, covering emotional, mental, and physical parts of the process.

 

Gym to Rock: Sport Lead Climbing 101

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Utah Mountain Adventures

Description

While the gym is a great place to train for climbing, the real deal demands a wider set of skills, including the technical systems to keep both you and your partner safe. Learn route and guidebook reading, anchor building, anchor cleaning, rappelling and Leave No Trace for climbers. This course is appropriate for top rope climbers and for those newly lead-certified or working towards certification in your local gym.

Better Belaying and Descending

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Jackson Hole Mountain Guides

Description

“If I wasn’t short-roped I would have sent!” We’ve all said this at one point or another, so how can we be sure we’re never the guilty belayer? A sometimes under appreciated part of the partnership, a good belay can be critical to not only the safety but also enjoyment of a climb. And, the climb’s not over until both partners are safely back on the ground. Learn considerations for both better belaying and descending in this single day clinic.

 

Partner Rescue Primer: Plan Ahead and Prepare

GUIDE OUTFITTER

Prival

Description

Primer sessions 1 & 2 of the Primal Partner Rescue Series: For experienced climbers, this is an overview of efficient belay management systems and rope handling for variable technical terrain, and to be better prepared for partner and self-rescue. In the morning, we'll look at how alpine and rock guides move through multi-pitch technical terrain with a balance of team security and efficiency. In the afternoon, we'll review the foundational skills for belaying, and systems in partner rescue. These are sessions #1 and 2 of Rival’s Fall Partner Rescue Series- learn more here.

Let’s Go Climbing

GUIDE OUTFITTER

Red River Adventures

Description

Enjoy top roping with local guides in our beautiful big back yard! This clinic is appropriate for all levels, and especially for those beginning to climb outdoors. Come meet a new partner or two, and enjoy both our community and the great outdoors.

 

Crack Climbing and Off Width

GUIDE OUTFITTER

Red River Adventures

Description

Crack-climbing and off width climbing can be challenging and intimidating! Whether you're a seasoned crack-climbing veteran who wants to refine your skills, or you've always avoided the opportunity to stick your hand, foot, or body in a crack, now is your chance to come crack the code. Our skilled instructors will help you learn the tricks of the trade through guided practice, offering insight to the importance to determination and technique.

Top Site Self Rescue

GUIDE OUTFITTER

Red River Adventures

Description

When climbing, what may be a simple scenario could turn stressful very quickly. This clinic discusses self-rescue principals specific to bottom up rock climbing situations (top rope and single pitch lead climbing). Belay transfers, belay escapes and counter ascension/lowering skill sets are taught and practiced. Self-rescue involves the use of common tools and equipment that you might regularly have with you while out at the crag.

 

Fear, Falling, and Better Belaying

GUIDE OUTFITTER

Utah Mountain Adventures

Description

Fifty years ago the rule was: the leader must never fall. These days, controlled falling has become standard practice and every lead climber should practice active falling and belaying. This clinic will focus on both psychological and technical aspects of lead falling, and participants will practice intentional lead falls and dynamic belaying. We will cover topics such as risks, consequences and fear control, as well as forces/dynamics, equipment and body control. Join us, take the fall and move on with your climbing progression!

Women’s Clinic

Guide Outfitter

Aspect Adventure

Clinic Description

Learn to climb like a girl! This clinic is for all identifying as women (and supporting partners!) to unlock their gracefulness, fluidity and power that often linger just below the surface. Spend your Saturday within a supportive community, examining mental and physical challenges specific to women on rocks. Topics to include beta for lady crushers, training hurdles, culture hurdles. We will also discuss women as environmental stewards, and how to extend this clinic beyond the festival.


SUNDAY CLINICS

 

Intro to Multi-Pitch Climbing

GUIDE OUTFITTER

Aspect Adventure

Description

If you've ever been climbing in single pitch terrain, clipped the anchor and just wanted to go higher, this clinic is for you. Drawing from techniques familiar to single pitch climbing as well as some new systems, this clinic will focus on getting you and your climbing partner up and down multiple-pitch climbs efficiently and safely. We'll focus on routes up to Grade III.

Intro to Adaptive Outdoor Rock Climbing

GUIDE OUTFITTER

National Ability Center

Description

Climbing is for everyone! Have you ever wanted to get out on the rocks but feel unsure because of a differing ability? Join the National Ability Center for an intro to adaptive outdoor climbing. We will have all kinds of adaptive systems and equipment to try alongside our skilled adaptive climbing guides.

 

Crack Climbing and Off Width

GUIDE OUTFITTER

Red River Adventures

Description

Crack-climbing and off width climbing can be challenging and intimidating! Whether you're a seasoned crack-climbing veteran who wants to refine your skills, or you've always avoided the opportunity to stick your hand, foot, or body in a crack, now is your chance to come crack the code. Our skilled instructors will help you learn the tricks of the trade through guided practice, offering insight to the importance to determination and technique.

Base Site Self Rescue

GUIDE OUTFITTER

Red River Adventures

Description

When climbing, what may be a simple scenario could turn stressful very quickly. This clinic discusses self-rescue principals specific to bottom up rock climbing situations (top rope and single pitch lead climbing). Belay transfers, belay escapes and counter ascension/lowering skill sets are taught and practiced. Self-rescue involves the use of common tools and equipment that you might regularly have with you while out at the crag.

 

Sport Lead Climbing

GUIDE OUTFITTER

Red River Adventures & Petal

Description

Been to the gym and looking for the next adventure? Maybe you have top-roped outside but are craving the sharp end? Take that next step and learn to lead! This clinic introduces participants to lead climbing fundamentals in a sport or fixed protection setting (bolts, etc.). Equipment use, leading principals, anchors, route setup and cleaning are all discussed and practiced. Participants will lead climb in a mock-lead top rope environment.

Top Site Self Rescue

GUIDE OUTFITTER

Red River Adventures

Description

When climbing, what may be a simple scenario could turn stressful very quickly. This clinic discusses self-rescue principals specific to bottom up rock climbing situations (top rope and single pitch lead climbing). Belay transfers, belay escapes and counter ascension/lowering skill sets are taught and practiced. Self-rescue involves the use of common tools and equipment that you might regularly have with you while out at the crag.

 

Art of the Project

GUIDE OUTFITTER

Red River Adventures & CAMP

Description

This is an intensive clinic designed to help climbers break into new levels of difficulty in a single pitch environment. CAMP athlete Ben Rueck, who helped develop the curriculum, credits his growth as a climber to learning and understanding the art of project. The curriculum is designed to put a structure behind projecting that can be used to dissect and accomplish our objectives, covering emotional, mental, and physical parts of the process.

Let’s Go Climbing

GUIDE OUTFITTER

White Pine Touring

Description

Enjoy top roping with local guides in our beautiful big back yard! This clinic is appropriate for all levels, and especially for those beginning to climb outdoors. Come meet a new partner or two, and enjoy both our community and the great outdoors.

 

Aid Climbing: How to Approach a BiG Wall

GUIDE OUTFITTER

Wasatch Mountain Guides

Description

This is an excellent introduction to the techniques and systems used to ascend a big wall. Learn about station management, how to rig a porta-ledge, haul system options and aid climbing. This clinic is best suited for climbers who have previous experience outdoor climbing.

Traditional and Sport Climbing Anchors

GUIDE OUTFITTER

Jackson Hole Mountain Guides

Description

For any climber, on their first or thousandth time out, solid anchor building principles are a must. You will learn to identify the components of a well-constructed anchor in both traditional and sport climbing scenarios. This essential skill set will help build your climbing toolkit for single and multi-pitch adventures with confidence and clarity.


TWO-DAY PROGRESSIVE CLINICS


Multi-pitch Efficiency

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Backcountry Pros

Description

The more efficient we are on the rock, the more enjoyable our climbing can be, and the more pitches we can fit in with greater margins of safety. This clinic focuses on tips and tricks to help take your climbing further. Topics covered: Properly pitching out terrain relative to the group, belay techniques for multiple followers, rope management, increasing leader security and efficient anchors.

Alpine Techniques: Ama Dablam Type Prep

GUIDE OUTFITTER

Wasatch Mountain Guides

Description

Ama Dablam, “the Matterhorn of the Himalayas,” provides a challenging test piece for expedition climbers worldwide. We will cover skills specific to this level of alpine climbing from guides with multiple Everest base camp ascents under their belts.  Explore the techniques and planning methodologies critical to a successful expedition.

 

Trad Climbing 101 & 102

GUIDE OUTFITTER

Utah Mountain Adventures

Description

Saturday: You’ve seen the gear and wondered how it works? Maybe you think placing traditional protection on lead is intimidating and less secure? This clinic will start with a thorough discussion, demonstration and practice of placing passive and active traditional rock protection. Once comfortable placing gear on the ground, you’ll expand into the vertical environment. Leading principals, anchors, route setup and cleaning are all discussed and practiced. Participants will mock lead while an instructor ascends a fixed line and provides live feedback on each of your placements.

Sunday: Day 2 of the traditional lead climbing clinic will pick up where you left off on day 1, while allowing you to be in the driver’s seat a bit more. Decision points will surface during gear selection and racking, finding stances for placing protection, protecting traverses for both leader and follower, route-finding, building and equalizing anchors and much more. Spend Day 2 taking initiative, seeking more tips and tricks and grasping great next steps and routes as you journey beyond the climbers’ fest!

Light and Fast Alpinism Part 1 & 2

GUIDE OUTFITTER

Utah Mountain Adventures

Description

Saturday: Fast and light alpinism, in the context of late summer in the Rocky Mountains, means link-ups and alpine traverses. We need to prepare mentally and physically by becoming comfortable moving quickly on moderate terrain, minimizing the use of pro, ropes and fixed belays. Day 1 will climb and descend moderate pitches (up to 5.6) in sticky-rubber approach shoes, utilizing both running and terrain belays as necessary.

Sunday: Day 2 of Light and Fast Alpinism, we’ll attempt a short alpine traverse, using the skills and techniques learned on Day 1, such as: using terrain belays where possible, down climbing moderate terrain, spotting followers vs. belaying, reading terrain, lowering first climber and rappelling; recognizing terrain features to lower and rappel off to save time and gear