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Climbing Classes

Instruction for All Levels

Intro to Big Walls

This is a two day class for experienced, multi-pitch trad climbers to learn the skills needed for grade V and grade VI big walls (technical rock climbs that take two or more days to complete).

I know how intimidating and overwhelming big walls can seem. This course breaks down the skills needed to climb a technical big wall into three categories: aid leading, jumaring and hauling. We will get hands on practice with these skills with the comfort and safety of a top rope belay every time we leave the ground.

Participants in this course must be comfortable placing trad gear, building trad anchors and have some experience on multi-pitch climbs.

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Self Rescue

When your partner gets injured, you rappelled past the anchor, or the terrain is simply too hard, having a handful of tricks up your sleeve could make the difference between having a small misadventure or having to call for a rescue. In this clinic, you will learn and practice the skills to get you and your climbing partner to safety when your multi-pitch doesn’t go as planned.

This is a skills intensive course and will be focused on developing proficiency with techniques on the ground, then transferring them into a vertical (single-pitch setting). Note: the course involves ground school and hanging in your harness working on skills and includes very little rock climbing!

This in an intermediate/advanced level clinic. Prerequisites: Intro to Multi-pitch clinic, plus personal multi-pitch experience (sport or trad) OR multi-pitch experience, including the ability to build an equalized anchor, belay from above and set-up a rappel without coaching.

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Alpine Rock Climbing Course

Come learn the fundamental skills of moving through alpine rock terrain!  Feel the flow of getting high off the ground on an alpine multi pitch climb in the beautiful Sierra Nevada. This is a 5 day intensive course spread out over two weekends and taught by our AMGA certified guides.

We will cover multi pitch rope systems, anchor and rope management, technical descents, and moving through 3rd and 4th class terrain. This course is designed for the outdoor climber looking to expand their knowledge on longer climbs in the mountains.

You should be comfortable climbing 5.8 on rock before signing up for this class.

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Crack & Trad Leading Clinic

Cracks, cams and jams! Do you want to climb in places like Indian Creek, Yosemite or the Gunks? This Intro to Trad clinic is designed to be an accessible place to start or to improve your skills.

This clinic will include instruction and practice on the ground and skills demonstration and practice on the rock on single-pitch crack/traditionally protected climbs. There will be top-rope climbing and the opportunity to lead climb is possible (for those who are interested and placing consistently solid protection). See Trip for info, dates, and course details.

Prerequisite: experience belaying. Preferred: Outdoor climbing 101 clinic (or equivalent experience).

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Beginner Rock Climbing

This class will teach you the skills required to get out and climb! Tying a figure 8 knot, belaying with precision, getting comfortable with the gear, and basic climbing movement will be covered in our highly efficient beginner course.  Get in touch to get into the next available group class or book your own group to have the individual attention you need.

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Intro to Outdoor Climbing

Rock climbing outdoors is an amazing experience! You think you want to try it? Or you’ve already been a few times, tagging along with more experienced partners, but you aren’t confident about your own skills? Outdoor Sport Climbing 101 will help you develop the skills needed to start sport climbing outdoors.

This clinic will include instruction and practice on the ground and skills demonstration and practice on the rock on single-pitch, bolted sport climbs. There will be opportunity to top-rope and lead climb (for those who are interested). See Trip for info, dates, and course details.

Prerequisite: experience top-rope and/or lead belaying.

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Multi-pitch Climbing 

Get ready for a new adventure in climbing! Are you new to multi-pitch climbing? Or would you like to develop your skills as a partner/leader in a multi-pitch setting?

This introduction to multi-pitch climbing will help you develop the skills to get up and down a multi-pitch route as efficiently and safely as possible including skills instruction and practice on the ground, then we will transition into a vertical (1-3 pitch) setting.

Prerequisite: Outdoor climbing 101 clinic (or equivalent experience)

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Yoga & Climbing Retreat – Acro

If you want a healthy, fun, outdoorsy and inspiring way to bring in the new year with a community of like-minded folks, this is your jam.
Join us amongst the rocks and stars to nourish your physical, mental and emotional body with the simple joys of life in nature and good company. This will be a very special time of sharing in the magical high desert landscape of Joshua Tree to play, learn, reflect, grow and connect through our favorite practices: Camping, Yoga, AcroYoga, Thai Massage, Climbing and Community Fun!
This retreat is designed for anyone with enthusiasm for community and adventure. The rock climbing, yoga and AcroYoga are suitable for beginner to intermediate skill levels, though you will still learn much no matter what your ability is.
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