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 except for the youth courses which are $30 per kid.
*There will NOT be any registration available the day of the event and pre-registration ends on MAY 4th.
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.
Intro to Rock Climbing (ages 16+): 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.
Kids Clinic (under 16): 1-4pm only *Special Price of only $30
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.
Crack Climbing: 9am-Noon & 1-4pm
Focusing on the specialized style of climbing cracks. This is an intermediate course designed for those who already have experience climbing and want to hone their skills in this environment.
Intro to Aid Climbing: 9am-Noon & 1-4pm
Introducing the topic of Aid climbing we will cover basic techniques for upward progress as well as following a pitch and lowering out.
Improvised Rock Rescue: 9am-Noon Only
What would you do if belaying a lead climber and they fell and were injured? This clinic overs 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: 9am-Noon & 1-4pm
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 and Black Diamond
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. Registration will remain open until Friday May 4th, at 5 pm.
Clinic Schedule - Saturday May 5th
- 8:00 am: Check-in for morning clinics at the Northwest Mountain School tent 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 get to the clinic site.
- 9 am - noon: Morning Clinics will take place at Barney's Rubble and parking is available at the Forestland Parking Lot in Icicle Canyon (signs will be posted)
- 12:00 pm: Check-in for afternoon clinics at the Leavenworth Mountain Association Booth at the Forestland Parking lot. *You are welcome to check in earlier if you’d like. If you are attending back to back clinics, you will sign in for both at 8am
- 1 pm - 4 pm: Afternoon Clinics will take place at Barney's Rubble and parking is available at 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.
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, prusik'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.
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.