2-Day Clinic selection
All 2-Day Clinics = $120
If you would like to participate in a 2-day clinic, please select a clinic below. Once your selection is made you will be forwarded to the SLCA Voluntary Release & Waiver. If you do not wish to participate in a 2-day clinic and would prefer to select single-day clinics, please select the button below.
2-day progressive clinics
Light and Fast Alpinism 1 & 2
Utah Mountain Adventures
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.
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.
Trad Climbing 101 & 102
Utah Mountain Adventures
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!
Alpine Techniques: Ama Dablam Type Prep
Wasatch Mountain Guides
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.