We have a great line-up of clinics for this year's event.
The Northwest Mountain School will once again be hosting half-day climbing clinics with morning (9 am-noon) and afternoon (1-4 pm) sessions available. Cost is $50 per person and includes admission to Rockfest at Fromm's Field.
*There will NOT be any registration available the day of the event and pre-registration ends on MAY 5th.
Each clinic focuses on an aspect of climbing that can be learned in 3 hours and is presented by an expert on that topic. Participants are required to pre-register as space is limited.
Beginning Climbing (16yo +): 9am-Noon & 1-4pm
Geared toward new climbers or people climbing outside for the first time. This clinic will cover belaying, tying into the climbing rope, and will introduce you to crack and face climbing techniques. All routes are top-roped and shoes, harnesses, and helmets are provided. No previous climbing experience is required.
Beginning Climbing (under 16yo): 9am-Noon & 1-4pm
This follows the same format as the adult version of the clinic, but is geared toward younger climbers. Will require parent/guardian signature for participation and for a parent to be present if participants are under the age of 12.
Efficient Descent & Rappels: 1-4pm Only
Getting to the top is only half of the climbing equation. Often times, getting down is the most dangerous part of climbing and depending on the climb, can require multiple rappels. Learn some basic techniques and strategies to manage descending safely and efficiently; these are skills all competent climbers should know.
Improvised Rock Rescue: 9am-Noon Only
What would you do if belaying a lead climber and they fell and were injured? This clinic covers things like how to escape the belay? How to raise and lower climbers and how to provide assistance on rappel. Participants should be familiar with building solid anchors, belaying, and the basics of rock climbing
Multi-pitch Anchors: 1-4pm only... AM clinics sold out.
Speed is safety in the mountains and on rock climbs. Inefficient technique can be the difference between an uneventful night and being benighted on a route. With the advent of new gear, technique has followed suit. Learn the basics of setting gear anchors and the latest in belay transition techniques from the folks at Petzl (9am-noon) and Black Diamond (1-4pm)
How to Register for Clinics
Participants are REQUIRED to pre-register for the clinic that they would like to attend. Registration requires full payment and the payment is non-refundable. The cost for all clinics is $50 per person and includes admission to the Rockfest event at Fromm’s Field. Registration will remain open until Friday May 5, at 5 pm.
Clinic Schedule - Saturday May 6th
- 8:00 am: Check-in for morning clinics at the Forestland Parking Lot. All morning clinics will start promptly at 9:00 am, so arrive early to make sure you have time to register, pack, and hang out.
- 9 am - noon: Morning Clinics will take place at Bruce’s Boulder which is next to the parking at the Forestland Parking Lot in Icicle Canyon (signs will be posted)
- 12:00 pm: Check-in for afternoon clinics at the Forestland Parking Lot. All afternoon clinics will start promptly at 1:00 pm, so arrive early to make sure you have time to register, pack, and hang out.
- 1 pm - 4 pm: Afternoon Clinics will take place at Bruce’s Boulder which is next to the Forestland Parking Lot in Icicle Canyon (signs will be posted)
Arrive on Time: All clinics will start on time, so give yourself plenty of time to get checked-in, organize your gear, and meet your instructor. Check in will take place at the Forestland Parking Lot (*signs will be posted)
*Note that a Climbing Shoe Demo will be set up at the Forestland Parking lot... if you would like to demo any climbing shoes, give yourself plenty of time to arrive and find the right shoe before your clinic.
What to bring:
For all clinics: You will want to bring a small backpack, comfortable clothing suitable for the day's weather, snack food, water, sunscreen, shoes you can hike in, sunglasses, any personal climbing gear relevant to the clinic you are taking. For the basic climbing clinics we will provide harnesses, helmets, and climbing shoes. *La Sportiva, Five Ten & Scarpa will all have climbing shoe demos at the clinic site!
For the rock rescue clinic: You will NOT need ropes, but you should bring any personal climbing gear that you would like to use such a rack, harness, helmet, belay device, prussic's, cordelette, locking and non-locking carabiners. Ideally you will own a hands-free belay device such as the Petzl Reverso 4, or the Black Diamond Guide ATC or a comparable device.
For multi-pitch anchors clinic: Bring your usual personal climbing gear. At all clinics the instructor will have some relevant climbing equipment that can be borrowed for the clinic if needed.
For the Efficient Descent & Rappels Clinic: Bring your usual kit for climbing multi-pitch rock routes. We will have ropes.
All ropes will be provided. Feel free to call the Northwest Mountain School at 509-548-5823 with any questions about clinics.
Rockfest is run under a special use permit with the USFS held by the Leavenworth Mountain Association. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities and is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
WARNING! Climbing and bouldering are inherently dangerous activities. Serious injury or death may result from the physical demands of or falls sustained while climbing or bouldering. Individuals participating in Climbing Clinics, Campground Competitions, or Der Klettergarten assume all risks and accept full and complete responsibility for any damages or injury that may result from their participation.
This program takes place on US Forest Service lands under a commercial-outfitter and guide permit. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs & activities and is an equal opportunity provider and employer.