Clinic Descriptions

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26

Full Day (9am-4:30pm)

All multi-pitch clinics are ran at a maximum ratio of 2 participants to 1 instructor. Please note that while clinic descriptions are provided below, adjustments and customizations can be made to the activity based on participant interest and general activity location.

Multi-Pitch Mileage

Clinic Level = Intermediate-Advanced / Max Enrollment = 2

This clinic is taught in BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON on moderate terrain (5.4-5.8) and focuses on maximizing vertical distance covered when multi-pitch climbing. Be prepared to see how much ground you can cover with the help of efficient technical systems and fast paced continual movement.

Intro to Multi-Pitch Climbing

Clinic Level = Beginner-Intermediate / Max Enrollment = 4

The multi-pitch focused clinics discuss concepts and teach fundamentals associated with multi-pitch rock climbing. This "Intro" option involves climbing a 3-4 pitch route rated 5.5-5.6 in BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON (e.g. Steorts Ridge).

Intermediate Multi-Pitch Climbing

Clinic Level = Intermediate / Max Enrollment = 2

The multi-pitch focused clinics discuss concepts and teach fundamentals associated with multi-pitch rock climbing. This "Intermediate" option involves climbing a 3-4 pitch route rated 5.7-5.8 in BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON (e.g. Outside Corner).

Intermediate Multi-Pitch Climbing

Clinic Level = Intermediate / Max Enrollment = 2

The multi-pitch focused clinics discuss concepts and teach fundamentals associated with multi-pitch rock climbing. This "Intermediate" option involves climbing a 3-4 pitch route rated 5.7-5.8 in LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON (e.g. Pentapitch).

Advanced Multi-Pitch Climbing

Clinic Level = Advanced / Max Enrollment = 2

The multi-pitch focused clinics discuss concepts and teach fundamentals associated with multi-pitch rock climbing. This "Advanced" option involves climbing a 5-8 pitch route rated 5.9-5.10b in LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON (e.g. Black Streak on Devils Castle).

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27 & SUNDAY, AUGUST 28

Two Day, Progressive (10am-4:30pm both days)

Sport Lead Climbing

Clinic Level = Intermediate / Max Enrollment = 12

Are you looking to take that next step and start lead climbing? 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 top rope environment. This is a two day progressive clinic. Participants will remain with the same group and instructor team for both days of the festival. Content will pick up on day 2 where it left off on day 1!

Traditional Lead Climbing

Clinic Level = Intermediate / Max Enrollment = 12

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 (stoppers) and active (cams) 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 lead climb in a mock top rope environment while an instructor ascends a fixed line and provides live feedback on each of your placements. This is a two day progressive clinic. Participants will remain with the same group and instructor team for both days of the festival. Content will pick up on day 2 where it left off on day 1!

SELF-RESCUE

Clinic Level = Intermediate / Max Enrollment = 12

Things don’t always go as planned while out climbing. Resources are limited and what may be a simple scenario could turn stressful very quickly. This clinic discussed self-rescue principals specific to bottom up and top down rock climbing situations (top rope and single pitch lead climbing, progressing into more complex multi-pitch scenarios). Belay transfers, belay escapes, counter ascension, technical descents, and hauling are among skills that may be 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. This is a two day progressive clinic. Participants will remain with the same group and instructor team for both days of the festival. Content will pick up on day 2 where it left off on day 1!

Light & Fast Alpinism - Presented By CAMP

Clinic Level = Intermediate / Max Enrollment = 12

This is an intensive clinic designed to help climbers and alpinists push their limits in order to accomplish bigger objectives in less time. The light & fast ethic and style has been pushed to extremes in recent years with speed ascents of the Eiger, done-in-a-day pushes on Himalayan Peaks, and unimaginable link-ups in Yosemite Valley. While these examples show what a light & fast approach can accomplish, they do not help us understand the more important underlying benefits of this approach. These are benefits, skills and strategies that can be applied in every area of our climbing and alpinism. The clinic is designed to isolate and develop these more immediate benefits of the light & fast mentality with a focus on the skills and strategies that help us realize these benefits in the context of our own objectives. This is a two day progressive clinic. Participants will remain with the same group and instructor team for both days of the festival. Content will pick up on day 2 where it left off on day 1!Day one will focus on the learning and day two will focus on the application.

This clinic is being taught by CAMP USA Athlete Nate Smith. 

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 27 & SUNDAY, AUGUST 28

Full Day (10am-4:30pm)

Outdoor Rock Climbing for Kids

Clinic Level = Youth / Max Enrollment = 6

This clinic is focused on fun, exciting and effective techniques for introducing and encouraging kids as they experience outdoor rock climbing.

Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing

Clinic Level = ALL / Max Enrollment = 6

New to rock climbing? Are you looking to transition from climbing at an indoor rock gym to an outdoor crag? This clinic will introduce participants to outdoor rock climbing in a top rope setting. Equipment use, belaying, clear communication, basic climbing movement, and responsible land use ethics are all discussed and practiced.

Sport Lead Climbing

Clinic Level = Intermediate / Max Enrollment = 12

Are you looking to take that next step and start lead climbing? 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 top rope environment.

Traditional Lead Climbing

Clinic Level = Intermediate / Max Enrollment = 18

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 (stoppers) and active (cams) 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 lead climb in a mock top rope environment while an instructor ascends a fixed line and provides live feedback on each of your placements.

BASE SITE SELF-RESCUE

Clinic Level = Intermediate / Max Enrollment = 12

Things don’t always go as planned while out climbing. Resources are limited and what may be a simple scenario could turn stressful very quickly. This clinic discussed 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.

TOP SITE SELF-RESCUE

Clinic Level = Advanced / Max Enrollment = 12

You’re belaying from the top of a pitch and watch a rock come loose and strike your partner in the shoulder. They’re unable to keep climbing and need to go down. You’re three pitches up. What do you do? This clinic focuses on self-rescue principals specific to top down rock climbing situations (multi-pitch climbing, etc.). Belay escapes, technical descents with an injured climber, rope ascension and hauling considerations are among the skill sets taught and practiced. This clinic will make use of common tools and equipment that you might regularly carry on a longer multi-pitch rock climb.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27 & SUNDAY, AUGUST 28

Half Day Morning (10am-1pm) & Half Day Afternoon (2pm-5pm)

Multi-Pitch Transitions & Efficiency

Clinic Level = Intermediate / Max Enrollment = 12

You’ve spent a lot of time climbing at single pitch crags. You now want to go higher and further. Or maybe you’ve been stacking pitches but find the transitions from one to the next confusing or frustrating. Stance/rope management, equipment use, and belaying techniques all contribute to our multi-pitch transitions and efficiency. The more efficient, the more enjoyable the experience and the more climbing we can fit in. This clinic focuses on tips and tricks to help take your climbing further with more fun!

Anchors For Climbing

Clinic Level = ALL / Max Enrollment = 12

Bomber, solid, trucker….all terms you might hear people say when referring to their climbing anchor. What does it mean? How do you build a solid anchor for climbing? This clinic discusses fundamental points in climbing anchor construction and applies them to different environments. Learn how to build climbing anchors in a fixed (bolts, etc.), natural (trees, rocks, etc.) and traditional (passive, active, etc.) setting.

Rope Techniques for Alpine Terrain

Clinic Level = ALL / Max Enrollment = 12

Movement through 4th and 5th class terrain can sometimes be intimidating and underestimated. Should you pull out the rope and pitch it out on the up, or setup a rappel on the down? Is there a more efficient way to utilize the climbing rope in this more moderate terrain that provides increased security and efficiency for your climbing team? This clinic discusses the concepts of shortroping, shortpitching, simul-climbing, and proper rope use and selection. Participants will learn how to manage a climbing rope using kiwi coils, terrain belays, and other associated techniques. Efficient travel through lower grade rock terrain while maintaining climber security will be the primary focus.

getting the most out of your plaquette

Clinic Level = ALL / Max Enrollment = 12

Black Diamond ATC Guide, Petzl Reverso, CAMP Piu 2...these devices can be oh-so useful and multi-functional, but is your plaquette living up to its full potential? This clinic will focus on the use and functionality of these devices with demonstrations and hands-on practice. Top rope belaying in low or high friction, belaying a second climber from an anchor, rappelling, ascending a rope, releasing a plaquette under load, and hauling are among topics that will be covered in this clinic. 

Crack Climbing and off-widths

Clinic Level = Intermediate / Max Enrollment = 6

Crack climbing and off-width climbing is challenging and can be incredibly intimidating. Just like any other style of rock climbing though, a little bit of practice, determination, and honing your technique can make a huge difference. 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 climbing with our instructors and learn the tricks of the trade.