Clinics and Workshops

Bouldering Clinic

All clinic participants meet at the Squamish Junction Park at 9am. Waivers will be signed before commencing the clinics.

All participants are expected to bring:

  • A harness
  • Climbing shoes
  • Helmet
  • Belay device with a locking beaner
  • Please bring your Paypal receipt as proof of registration.

Please bring whatever gear you own that is relevant to the course you are taking. The instructors will have the necessary gear for each clinic but you will want to work with your own gear as well. During the trade fair gear manufacturers will have some gear to let you try out as well.

Also, remember to bring sunscreen, water, and food for the day.

Cancellations up to 2 weeks prior to festival are subject to a 10% administration fee, no refunds will be given after June 30th, 2014.

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Saturday July 19th

Clinics and Workshops Guides/Instructors Guide Certification Price
Intro
Bouldering Basics TBA Guide Certification 85.00

Get out and learn the climbing techniques specific to bouldering. Whether you are a novice climber or a seasoned expert, if you haven’t bouldered before this is an excellent chance to learn this great sport. You will learn how to properly safeguard your climbing partners by spotting and proper positioning of pads; proper movement techniques to allow you to climb harder problems; and, this is a great opportunity to get coaching tips on different styles of bouldering moves. Suitable for climbers of all abilities who have little or no bouldering experience.

Intro to Rock Climbing TBA Guide Certification 85.00

This clinic will introduce you to all the basic skills required to get out and climb with your friends. You will learn all the knots required for climbing safely; communication signals; how to belay your climbing partners; movement techniques for a variety of climbing styles; and, you will have a great day of climbing while doing all this! At the end of this clinic you will be able to get out climbing with more experienced climbers. Suitable for people who have never climbed before, or have had very little instruction in climbing basics.

Intermediate
Adventure Photography Clinic TBA Guide Certification 95.00

Get out your camera and put on your adventure cap; this workshop is a double-header. The first round goes down in-class to lay the ground rules of climbing photography: how, when, and what to look for when photographing a route. Once you understand the basics of image composition, you'll learn how to string a series of pictures into a narrative, while making sure each image still tells a story in itself.

Then it's time to get rigged up in the Smoke Bluffs by a professional guide and put that classroom lesson into action! Use your own camera to shoot a designated climber with your instructor hanging alongside to provide advice. Once everyone has had a chance to shoot there will be a short debriefing, and slideshow of the day's images to wrap it all up.

* each individual must bring their own camera, digital, film, point & shoot, SLR there are no restrictions on format. A climbing harness, locking biner and helmet is also required.

Top Rope Basics TBA Guide Certification 95.00 SOLD OUT

Already comfortable climbing, but not too confident in setting up your own top-rope systems? This is the clinic for you. Working with pre-existing features such as bolts and trees, you will learn all the do's and don'ts of creating and managing safe top rope sites. Basic anchoring fundamentals; tips for ensuring your systems are safe and ready to be used; proper equipment use and standards; and, suggestions of good climbs in Squamish to practice setting up your own TR systems on. Suitable for any level of climber who has not actively participated in setting up outdoor top-rope climbing systems, or anyone who wants to ensure their existing skills are up to par with accepted standards.

Sport Climbing Basics TBA Guide Certification 95.00 SOLD OUT

The easiest and most enjoyable way to get into lead climbing is on bolted sport routes. This clinic will cover all the skills required to safely get out sport climbing. You will discuss and practice: route selection; clipping techniques; use of gear; belaying methods specific to sport climbing; and, coaching on movement technique. This clinic is suited for climbers who are comfortable climbing (on top rope) 5.8 - 5.9 level.

Trad Climbing Basics TBA Guide Certification 95.00 SOLD OUT

Placing gear on lead is a skill that requires an intimate knowledge of how every piece of protection can (and cannot!) be used on the rock. This clinic will help you improve your ability to quickly and efficiently create safe protection placements while on lead. You will have lots of time to practice placement of a wide variety of types of pro with your instructor helping you to analyze every placement and giving instant feedback.

This clinic is best suited to climbers with some lead experience, or who have followed lead climbers and are looking at getting into leading themselves. Due to the time restraints and nature of this clinic, it is unlikely anyone will be able to actually do any active lead climbing – all climbing will be on top-rope.

Crack Climbing Basics TBA Guide Certification 95.00 SOLD OUT

Many climbers find themselves struggling on climbs that involve any amount of crack climbing. This clinic will help you refine the techniques needed to get through any section of crack – hand cracks, offwidths, finger jams, etc – all of these techniques plus more will be explained and demonstrated at suitable sites before you have an opportunity to get on the rock and practice them with the clinic instructor coaching you. Suitable for climbers of any level, though previous climbing experience and ability to belay is required.

Advanced
Advanced Trad Climbing TBA Guide Certification 125.00 SOLD OUT

This clinic is suited for the climber who already is leading comfortably on bolts and has some experience leading on their own trad gear as well. You will learn skills to improve your ability to place gear on more difficult climbs and in more complex situations. Scenarios involving traverses, mid-pitch descents, protecting overhangs, minimizing rope drag, and other situations that require increased problem solving skills in order to protect safely are all covered in this clinic. Climbers on this course should be comfortable leading at a 5.8 level already.

Aid Climbing TBA Guide Certification 125.00 SOLD OUT

Aid climbing is a great way to get out and experience a completely different approach to climbing. This clinic will show you all the basic skills to get you started. Gear placements, route selection, belaying considerations, use of specialized gear and how to second and clean a route are all discussed and practiced. This is a great clinic for anyone who wants to increase their skills for use of gear and creating climbing systems as well. Climbers on this clinic must know how to belay and rappel and should be familiar with use of trad gear.

Rock Rescue TBA Guide Certification SOLD OUT

No one expects anything to go wrong when climbing, but if it should happen are you prepared to deal with the situation? This clinic will give you some solid technical skill that will help you and your climbing partners deal with any rescue situation involving rope work. You will learn how to safely escape any belay system; methods for transferring weight from your belay to an anchor (load transfers); how to rig a raising system in order to pull someone up if needed; and, how to use a variety of simple systems to problem solve many situations that can arise when climbing. This course is best suited to climbers who can belay and are comfortable building their own top-rope anchor systems.

Multi-pitch Climbing TBA Guide Certification 125.00

This clinic is well suited to the climber who is comfortable leading on many of the Smoke Bluffs or Skaha single-pitch climbs, but wants to move on to multi-pitch routes. Belaying considerations, station management, gear selection and many more techniques specific to climbing multi-pitch routes are all covered on this clinic. Climbers should be comfortable leading 5.8 to 5.9 trad climbs.

Alpine Climbing Skills TBA Guide Certification 125.00

Climbing rock routes in the alpine requires a different approach than climbing in areas such as Squamish. The need to travel quickly and efficiently, climbing over a wide variety of terrain and, the need to use minimal or lightweight gear all require different skills and techniques. This clinic will help you develop skills to tackle alpine rock routes in a true “alpine” fashion, as opposed to trying to use Squamish-style techniques in the mountains. This clinic is best suited for climbers who are comfortable leading trad at any level. The clinic will take place in Squamish in areas that closely resemble alpine-type terrain.

***Clinics will run rain or shine unless your guide deems it unsafe to do so. A full refund will be given if the guide cancels.

Terms and Conditions apply.

Sunday July 20th

Clinics and Workshops Guides/Instructors Guide Certification Price
Intermediate
Sport Climbing Basics TBA Guide Certification 95.00 SOLD OUT

The easiest and most enjoyable way to get into lead climbing is on bolted sport routes. This clinic will cover all the skills required to safely get out sport climbing. You will discuss and practice: route selection; clipping techniques; use of gear; belaying methods specific to sport climbing; and, coaching on movement technique. This clinic is suited for climbers who are comfortable climbing (on top rope) 5.8 - 5.9 level.

Trad Climbing Basics TBA Guide Certification 95.00 SOLD OUT

Placing gear on lead is a skill that requires an intimate knowledge of how every piece of protection can (and cannot!) be used on the rock. This clinic will help you improve your ability to quickly and efficiently create safe protection placements while on lead. You will have lots of time to practice placement of a wide variety of types of pro with your instructor helping you to analyze every placement and giving instant feedback.

This clinic is best suited to climbers with some lead experience, or who have followed lead climbers and are looking at getting into leading themselves. Due to the time restraints and nature of this clinic, it is unlikely anyone will be able to actually do any active lead climbing – all climbing will be on top-rope.

Crack Climbing Basics TBA Guide Certification 95.00 SOLD OUT

Many climbers find themselves struggling on climbs that involve any amount of crack climbing. This clinic will help you refine the techniques needed to get through any section of crack – hand cracks, offwidths, finger jams, etc – all of these techniques plus more will be explained and demonstrated at suitable sites before you have an opportunity to get on the rock and practice them with the clinic instructor coaching you. Suitable for climbers of any level, though previous climbing experience and ability to belay is required.

Advanced
Advanced Trad Climbing TBA Guide Certification 125.00 SOLD OUT

This clinic is suited for the climber who already is leading comfortably on bolts and has some experience leading on their own trad gear as well. You will learn skills to improve your ability to place gear on more difficult climbs and in more complex situations. Scenarios involving traverses, mid-pitch descents, protecting overhangs, minimizing rope drag, and other situations that require increased problem solving skills in order to protect safely are all covered in this clinic. Climbers on this course should be comfortable leading at a 5.8 level already.

Advanced Trad Climbing 2 TBA Guide Certification 125.00 SOLD OUT

Due to high demand an additional Advanced Trad Climbing clinic has been added.

This clinic is suited for the climber who already is leading comfortably on bolts and has some experience leading on their own trad gear as well. You will learn skills to improve your ability to place gear on more difficult climbs and in more complex situations. Scenarios involving traverses, mid-pitch descents, protecting overhangs, minimizing rope drag, and other situations that require increased problem solving skills in order to protect safely are all covered in this clinic. Climbers on this course should be comfortable leading at a 5.8 level already.

Aid Climbing TBA Guide Certification 125.00 SOLD OUT

Aid climbing is a great way to get out and experience a completely different approach to climbing. This clinic will show you all the basic skills to get you started. Gear placements, route selection, belaying considerations, use of specialized gear and how to second and clean a route are all discussed and practiced. This is a great clinic for anyone who wants to increase their skills for use of gear and creating climbing systems as well. Climbers on this clinic must know how to belay and rappel and should be familiar with use of trad gear.

Rock Rescue TBA Guide Certification 125.00 SOLD OUT

No one expects anything to go wrong when climbing, but if it should happen are you prepared to deal with the situation? This clinic will give you some solid technical skill that will help you and your climbing partners deal with any rescue situation involving rope work. You will learn how to safely escape any belay system; methods for transferring weight from your belay to an anchor (load transfers); how to rig a raising system in order to pull someone up if needed; and, how to use a variety of simple systems to problems solve many different situations that can arise when climbing. This course is best suited to climbers who can belay and are comfortable building their own top-rope anchor systems.

Multi-pitch Climbing TBA Guide Certification 125.00

This clinic is well suited to the climber who is comfortable leading on many of the Smoke Bluffs or Skaha single-pitch climbs, but wants to move on to multi-pitch routes. Belaying considerations, station management, gear selection and many more techniques specific to climbing multi-pitch routes are all covered on this clinic. Climbers should be comfortable leading 5.8 to 5.9 trad climbs.

Alpine Climbing Skills TBA Guide Certification 125.00

Climbing rock routes in the alpine requires a different approach than climbing in areas such as Squamish. The need to travel quickly and efficiently; climbing over a wide variety of terrain ;and, the need to use minimal or lightweight gear all require different skills and techniques. This clinic will help you develop skills to tackle alpine rock routes in a true “alpine” fashion, as opposed to trying to use Squamish-style techniques in the mountains. This clinic is best suited for climbers who are comfortable leading trade at any level. The clinic will take place in Squamish in areas that closely resemble alpine-type terrain.

***Clinics will run rain or shine unless your guide deems it unsafe to do so. A full refund will be given if the guide cancels.

Terms and Conditions apply.