Clinics

Clinic Registration

Register for clinics on our eventbrite page and use the code provided to unlock clinic tickets.

In an effort to give everyone an opportunity, please register for a max of 2 clinics. We reserve the right to remove participants from a clinic if they are registered for too many.


Friday October 18th:
9:30AM-12:30PM

(some clinics may run shorter or later and may overlap with additional programming. Please check program schedule for details)

Womxn’s Introduction to Outdoor Bouldering with Gabriel Dickerson

This clinic is focused on creating an inclusive space for womxn to learn the basics of bouldering outside as well as to build connections, friendships, and climbing partnerships. Outdoor bouldering basics include: the v-scale, pad placement, spotting, reading a guidebook to find routes, body positioning, footwork, and falling best practices.

Details: Participants should bring shoes and pads but shoes can be provided.

Level: Beginner and new to the outdoors, open to womxn/femme identifying

Spots: 8


>How to climb 5.11: Intermediate Sport Climbing with Abby Dione (offsite at Sand Rock)

This clinic will give you an opportunity to practice the art of redpointing, and learn the physical and mental demands of climbing at the 5.11 level outdoors. Discover the joy and understand the fear that exist in the process of your climbing growth.

Details: Participants encouraged to carpool. Helmet, harness, sport draws, and shoes required

Level: Intermediate with a hunger in your belly!

Spots: 8


Foundation & Fundamentals with Taylored Fit Solutions

Information-based training session. Climbers receive valuable climbing information to improve technique, footwork, body movement, breathing and confidence. In a few hours, climbers learn simple and effective climbing principles and body management techniques to improve performance, sustainability, efficiency and investment in climbing.

Details: Shoes, chalk bag, journal/notebook needed. Bring crashpad if available

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Spots: 12


Finger Injury Prevention Workshop with Dr. James Lee

Finger Injury Prevention Workshop The most common injuries from rock climbing are finger injuries! A2 pulleys, proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint, flexor tendon strains, etc. The finger can be really complicated but it doesn't have to stay that way. Learn more about your own fingers, how you can continue climbing while managing your injuries, why certain grips cause greater stress than other grips on your fingers and especially learn how you can prevent these injuries from happening to you!

Details: No materials needed

Level: Beginner to Advanced

Spots: 10


Gym to Crag with Josh Reyes

Have you been wanting to climb outdoors but find yourself too scared or bewildered to try? Then this clinic is for you! It’s high time you embraced the unknown and experienced the sport where it was meant to be enjoyed most – outside! Josh Reyes is a seasoned local who knows Horse Pens 40 like the back of his hand. Come learn how to safely and confidently make the transition from gym climbing to explore the wonder of climbing outdoors. You’ll learn essential tips such as crash pad placement, spotting, route reading, topout technique, and outside etiquette. Equipment needed: climbing shoes, chalk and psych!

Details: Climbing Shoes, Chalk, and psych!

Level: Experience climbing indoors; climbing ability of V2+ is preferred.

Spots: 8


Rock Warrior’s Way: Falling Clinic (offsite at Sand Rock)

Being effective in climbing requires us to understand the consequences of our decisions and actions. In climbing the main consequence is falling. By understanding how to fall we diminish the chance of injury and allow us to focus attention effectively on climbing. You'll learn how to: -Fall Safely through prgressive falling practice. -Give a dynamic (cushioned belay. Fall while clipping or committing. Distinguish between no -and yes-fall zones. Deal with fear of falling. Focus on what you can control. Reduce fear, and more. Process: You'll start by learning how to fall on a loose top rope and gradually increase your fall distance until you work your way up to taking lead falls.

Details: Shoes, Harness, Helmet, Belay Device

Level: Able to toprope 5.8 with no falls. – Climb indoors/outdoors at least 1-2 times per week – At least 6 months of continuous climbing experience within the last year

Spots: 6


Top Rope Anchors with Shelma Jun

This course is an introduction on how to setup Top Rope anchors in the outdoors. It will go over how to set-up and break-down top rope bolted anchors that are accessible from the top (we will not review how to set up top rope anchors on lead). This is a ground-school clinic, meaning that there is no climbing in this clinic. We will create/mimic a couple different types of edges and bolt configurations that one might encounter and go over the different pieces of equipment that you will need. We will not be going over natural anchors or anchors built from traditional equipment. This course is just an introduction and depending on your personal climbing experience, it will not necessarily mean that you will be ready to set up top ropes but it will give you the foundation to understand how toproping works.

Details: Materials will be provided

Level: Beginner to intermediate

Spots: 6


American Alpine Club Universal Belay Program: Novice to Intermediate

Come learn to top rope belay with us. Whether you’re looking to learn for the first time or just need a refresher, an expert instructor will demonstrate and explain simple techniques and give you plenty of time to practice and receive helpful coaching. We’ll have a number of different belay devices to play with as well.

Details: Bring gear you have

Level: This workshop is great for all skill and ability levels.

Spots: 8


Friday October 18th:
1:30PM-3:30PM

(some clinics may run short or longer)

The North Face Presents Intermediate Bouldering Technique with Fred Campbell

This class focuses on developing technique in intermediate (aspiring V5) climbers. We discuss footwork, movement efficiency and walk through a number of drills designed to increase awareness of important concepts.

Details: Shoes, Chalk, Crash Pad

Level: Climbers should be climbing in roughly the V3-V5 range indoors or outdoors and be comfortable working drills on easier terrain.

Spots: 8


Organic Climbing Presents Training is Fun: Excelling at One Arm Pull-ups, Front Levers and More with Favia Dubyk

Learn proper technique for hangboarding. Progressions to one arm pullups and front levers. Ab exercises. How to train while traveling.

Details: Chalk, Notepad, pencil

Level: Intermediate to Advanced. (At least one year of climbing experience)

Spots: 10


Positive Masculinity with Justin Forrest Parks

This seminar is for male-identified individuals and instructors who are interested in exploring positive expressions of masculinity in themselves and/or looking for ways to hold their peers to a higher standard of positive masculinity. If you’ve wondered how you can better contribute to a positive learning environment, or wondered how to inspire your male students to the same, then this is the seminar for you. This seminar will provide an intentional, relatable space for male-identified people that will allow us to share stories and learn. While many of our outdoor spaces are coincidentally all-male, we hope that the intentionality of this space will allow for a safer environment to share thoughts and feelings, and is more likely to support learning and growth.

Details: Journal/Notebook

Level: Male-Identified or Masculine Orientation

Spots: 10


Gym to Crag with Josh Reyes

Have you been wanting to climb outdoors but find yourself too scared or bewildered to try? Then this clinic is for you! It’s high time you embraced the unknown and experienced the sport where it was meant to be enjoyed most – outside! Josh Reyes is a seasoned local who knows Horse Pens 40 like the back of his hand. Come learn how to safely and confidently make the transition from gym climbing to explore the wonder of climbing outdoors. You’ll learn essential tips such as crash pad placement, spotting, route reading, topout technique, and outside etiquette. Equipment needed: climbing shoes, chalk and psych!

Details: Climbing Shoes, Chalk, and psych! Crash pad

Level: Experience climbing indoors; climbing ability of V2+ is preferred.

Spots: 8


REI presents Backpacking Cooking Workshop with David Edscorn

12:00PM-1:45PM (Session #1)

2:00PM-3:30PM (Session #2)

3:45PM-4:15PM (Session #3)

Creating a delicious and nutritious backpacking meal can be cinch when you have the knowledge and the right tools for the backcountry. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn about preparing food for backcountry travel, the different handling obstacles you may face in a remote setting, and tips and tricks on working with minimal kitchen supplies. We’ll provide all the equipment and ingredients. Backpacking meals don’t have to be just granola bars and peanut butter. Join this hands-on workshop to learn how to prepare, handle, and cook tasty food when you’re on the trail. We’ll dive into backcountry meal preparation and you’ll come away with a tasty meal and tips to fuel your next adventure!

Details: No experience necessary. Just come hungry!

Level: All levels

Spots: 15


REI presents 10 essentials to James Davis

12:00PM-1:45PM (Session #1)

2:00PM-3:30PM (Session #2)

3:45PM-4:15PM (Session #3)

Backpacking is an amazing way to experience the wilderness! But having a pack that doesn’t fit, or a load that tries to pull you back down the mountain is no fun. Join an REI expert to learn the best way to pack your gear and adjust your pack. Being able to comfortably pack and carry all the basic essentials for your next adventure doesn’t have to be difficult. Join an REI expert to learn the best ways to distribute gear in your backpack, what fits best where, and the key elements to good backpack fit. An REI fit expert will also help you identify what to look for in good pack fit and how to achieve that light-as-a-feather feel on your next trail adventure.

Details: You are encouraged to bring your own pack, packed with your gear, and we’ll show you how to make it carry as comfortably as possible.

Level: All Levels

Spots: 15


REI presents Wilderness Medicine Workshop: Managing Blisters & Cuts with Nick Offenbach

12:00PM-1:45PM (Session #1)

2:00PM-3:30PM (Session #2)

3:45PM-4:15PM (Session #3)

Blisters and cuts are some of the most common injuries in the backcountry. Do you know how to properly treat them? Join REI experts in this hands-on workshop on how to treat common backcountry wounds. Blisters and cuts happen all too frequently in the backcountry. Knowing how to properly treat them is a must for all outdoor adventurers. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll practice the best blister care techniques and learn how to manage lacerations and abrasions. The next time you find yourself with a situation on your hands, you’ll be ready to take action! Participants should wear shoes with laces. If you want to learn about additional first aid topics in-depth, check out a two-day Wilderness First Aid class facilitated by our partners at NOLS.

Details: Notepad

Level: All Levels

Spots: 15


Saturday October 19th:
9:30AM-12:30PM

(Clinics may run shorter or longer and may overlap with additional programming. Please check program schedule for details)

American Alpine Club Equipment Seminar

We’ll discuss and provide recommendations on a variety of essential climbing gear from harnesses and helmets to belay devices and shoes. If you’re new to climbing or a seasoned vet considering an update, this is a great opportunity to learn about the pros and cons of a number of different gear options and which might be the best fit for you.

Details: Beginner to Advanced

Level: All levels

Spots: 15


V_up: Intro to bouldering with Abby Dione of Coral Cliffs

Learn the fundamentals of outdoor bouldering. In this hands -on experience, we'll focus on building the skills you need to make a smooth transition from plastic to stone. Proper spotting, pad placement, climbing etiquette, movement, and fear management are a few of the things that you'll learn in a fun and supportive environment.

Details: Shoes, Chalk, Crash Pad

Level: Catered towards beginners but all levels welcome

Spots: 8


Introduction to Trad Climbing with Genevive Walker and Luis Rubledo (offsite at Steele)

Are you interested in expanding your skills, trying something new, or just curious about the world of traditional climbing? This course is for beginner or intermediate level climbers with prior leading experience, who would like to acquire skills to place gear comfortably and confidently. The day will begin on the ground discussing the different types of traditional gear, how to properly place pieces, and how to identify natural protection. We will then practice our newly acquired skills on the ground which will allow time for questions, concerns, and clarity. Once everyone feels comfortable, we will continue our lesson on the wall with mock-leading (leading while on top-rope) to apply the skills in a more realistic scenario. Afterwards, the instructor will review gear placements and give useful feedback. Please bring whatever gear you have including helmet, harness, shoes, belay device.

Details: Harness, Helmet, Shoes, track rack

Level: Tying in with a figure eight. Previous experience with top-rope belaying. Ability to sport or trad lead 5.5+. Ability to top-rope 5.8. Carpooling may be involved

Spots: 4


The North Face presents Introduction to Climbing with Manoah Ainuu (offsite at Steele)

If you’ve never climbed this is the clinic for you! Come learn the basics to rock climbing and staying safe with one of the pros in the industry. Find out what it takes to start climbing including body positioning, footwork, and reading routes.

Details: climbing shoes, harness, helmet, chalk. Carpooling may be involved.

Level: Beginner/No Experience

Spots: 4


Slackline the Climb with Josh Greenwood

Learn how to become a better climber using a Slackline! This clinic will cover basic slacklining concepts of walking and balance. The clinic will also focus on how to use a Slackline to perfect your climbing technique

Details: Crash pad

Level: All Levels

Spots: 8


Saturday October 19th:
1:30PM-4:30PM

(The clinics may run shorter or longer)

The North Face presents projecting at your limit Nina Williams

In this clinic, participants will learn how to climb difficult boulders through systematic approach and strategy. We will discuss the process of choosing projects, training methods, learned movement, and mental techniques for a variety of styles.

Details: Bring a notebook and your try-hard! Crash Pad

Levels: Intermediate/Advanced, bouldering V8+

Spots: 8


Understanding Accessibility with Kareemah Batts

Join the founder of the Adaptive Climbing Group and friends and learn more about accessibility and what it means to your friends, family, and other athletes as it relates to climbing and the outdoors.

Details: Notepad

Levels: Open to everyone

Spots: 8


Mindfulness of Climbing with Taylored Fit Solutions

Information -based training session. Mindfulness is about training yourself to pay attention in a specific way. When a person is mindful, they deepen the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of space, action, emotion and feeling. When this is achieved in climbing the relationship and effort of doing becomes one of being and an invaluable skill to possess. The positive impact of incorporating a mindfulness practice into climbing enhances the neural pathways to emotional control focus, awareness and stress regulation, technical efficiency, precision and accuracy in over-all performance. The art of achieving mindfulness in climbing is awareness and training focus. This clinic explores the education and theories of mindfulness; shifting your mind from external distractions to internal focus. In this progressive two hour clinic, climbers develop applicable mindful skills to improve technique, movement, strength, commitment, and performance. Safely and confidently learn creative mindful management skills through ground strengthening pre-climb routines, bouldering and rope training techniques and fun exercises amplifying a higher consciousness to technique, movement, efficiency and breathing

Details: Yoga Mat, Shoes, Chalk Bag, Journal/notebook, Crash pad

Level: All levels

Spots: 12


Wrist & Elbow Injury Prevention Workshop with Dr. James Lee

Ever wonder why it's harder to hold onto slopers or compression movements while climbing? Or what happened when you were climbing just like every other day and now you're experiencing a sharp pain around the wrist closer to your pinky side. Or you're beginning to experience sharp pains on the inside of your elbow? Learn about why these aches and pains happen and different ways you can manage your issues and still be able to climb!

Details: Notepad

Level: All Levels

Spots: 10


Fight to Be Fit DC Fundamentals Of Movement With Marita Gumbs:

You want to build muscle, tone and lose weight, but you can't effectively achieve these goals without addressing the fundamentals first. If you want to build a house, you need to start with a foundation, otherwise you'll end up with a shack! Your body is no different. In this one-hour course, you will be provided with an overview of the key elements that every fitness program must address in order to be effective. While form is critical to function, it's only part of the equation. We will scratch the surface as we review movement, stretching and foam rolling, but we will dig a bit deeper when we discuss muscle activation, isolation and recruitment. You will leave this workshop having a better understanding of how your body works and how to get it to perform optimally for you when you are out on the crag! With all of these elements you will get the results you want, prevent injuries and feel better!

Details: Fitness or Yoga Mat

Level: All Levels

Spots: 8


REI presents Backpacking Cooking Workshop with David Edscorn

12:00PM-1:45PM

2:00PM-3:30PM

3:45PM-4:15PM

Creating a delicious and nutritious backpacking meal can be cinch when you have the knowledge and the right tools for the backcountry. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn about preparing food for backcountry travel, the different handling obstacles you may face in a remote setting, and tips and tricks on working with minimal kitchen supplies. We’ll provide all the equipment and ingredients.Backpacking meals don’t have to be just granola bars and peanut butter. Join this hands-on workshop to learn how to prepare, handle, and cook tasty food when you’re on the trail. We’ll dive into backcountry meal preparation and you’ll come away with a tasty meal and tips to fuel your next adventure!

Details: No experience is necessary. Just come hungry!

Level: All levels

Spots: 15


REI presents 10 essentials with James Davis

12:00PM-1:45PM (Session #1)

2:00PM-3:30PM (Session #2)

3:45PM-4:15PM (Session #3)

Backpacking is an amazing way to experience the wilderness! But having a pack that doesn’t fit, or a load that tries to pull you back down the mountain is no fun. Join an REI expert to learn the best way to pack your gear and adjust your pack. Being able to comfortably pack and carry all the basic essentials for your next adventure doesn’t have to be difficult. Join an REI expert to learn the best ways to distribute gear in your backpack, what fits best where, and the key elements to good backpack fit. An REI fit expert will also help you identify what to look for in good pack fit and how to achieve that light-as-a-feather feel on your next trail adventure.

Details:You are encouraged to bring your own pack, packed with your gear, and we’ll show you how to make it carry as comfortably as possible.

Level: All Levels

Spots: 15


REI presents Wilderness Medicine Workshop: Managing Blisters & Cuts with Nick Offenbach

12:00PM-1:45PM (Session #1)

2:00PM-3:30PM (Session #2)

3:45PM-4:15PM (Session #3)

Blisters and cuts are some of the most common injuries in the backcountry. Do you know how to properly treat them? Join REI experts in this hands-on workshop on how to treat common backcountry wounds. Blisters and cuts happen all too frequently in the backcountry. Knowing how to properly treat them is a must for all outdoor adventurers. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll practice the best blister care techniques and learn how to manage lacerations and abrasions. The next time you find yourself with a situation on your hands, you’ll be ready to take action! Participants should wear shoes with laces. If you want to learn about additional first aid topics in-depth, check out a two-day Wilderness First Aid class facilitated by our partners at NOLS.

Details: Notepad

Level: All Levels

Spots:15