CLINICS AND WORKSHOPS

**Below is information for our past festival in 2018. 2019 Clinic and workshop information coming soon!

CLINICS (in partnership with Sierra Mountain Guides

Saturday clinics will begin at the Tri County Fairgrounds at 11am and will last from 11am-5pm. Sunday clinics will meet at their respective bouldering area after the Stewardship project at 12pm and will last from 12pm-5pm. 

Saturday, March 24th

Cerebral Climbing with Emily Harrington (presented by The North Face)
Explore the mental side of climbing in a social and engaging clinic that touches on everything from dealing with fear, tools for summoning that “try hard”, belief in oneself, and tapping into that creative side of the brain to find solutions.
Type of Climbing: Bouldering
Ability: V3+ Indoors

Sport Climbing 101 with Jessa Goebal (presented by Outdoor Research) 
Learn everything you need to know to safely lead and clean a sport route outside. The following topics will be covered in the clinic- the differences between a top rope and lead belay, clipping safely and efficiently, and methods for safely cleaning a sport route.
Type of Climbing: Sport Climbing
Ability: Must be able to lead 5.10, able to tie knot and belay

From the Gym to the Outdoors: Bouldering with Olivia Hsu and Abbey Smith
Build confidence and gain valuable techniques for making a smooth transition from plastic to stone. Begin the day with a brief yoga warm-up guided by Olivia Hsu. Then head out to the boulders to sharpen your skills in areas of safety, ethics, environmental principles, proper spotting and pad placement, movement, fear management, performance, partnerships, and much more.
Type of Climbing: Bouldering
Ability: Beginner but all levels welcome!

Rock Climbing 101 with Taylor Nystrom and Sierra Mountain Guides
Rock Climbing 101 is the perfect clinic for beginner climbers with little or no outside experience that are looking to lay down the foundation needed for a lifetime of safe climbing adventures. Along with learning the basic knots for climbing we introduce the fundamental safety systems. You will learn and practice climbing outdoors, belaying and the use of modern climbing equipment. After a climbing skills demonstration you’ll have time to practice your new rock skills.
Type of Climbing: Top Roping
Ability: Beginner

Intro to Trad Climbing with Kate Rutherford (presented by Patagonia)
Anchor building, hand jamming, multi pitch efficiency, come learn anything you can dream up from Kate Rutherford, a lover of big wall crack climbing.
Ability: Any level is welcome

Introduction to Big Wall Climbing with Miranda Oakley 
Interested in taking your multi-pitch trad climbing skills to longer and more technical routes? In this Introduction to Big Walls clinic we will go over basic skills necessary to climb Grade V and VI routes. We will learn about strategies, aid climbing ratings, hauling, jumaring, lowering out and artificial (aid) climbing. Multi-pitch traditional climbing experience is a must for this clinic. We will have extra gear for people to use but it is always best to practice using your own gear if possible. If you have it please bring: a standard rack, daisy chains (or personal anchor systems), ladders, slings and jumars.
Type of Climbing: Top Roping

Trad Mental Fitness with Madaleine Sorkin (presented by Outdoor Research) 
Gain confidence in your lead ability in a supportive and professional environment.  Practice redpointing and onsighting coaching tips and performing at your edge of comfort.  Discuss appropriate responses to challenging situations and behaviors that help you to climb more playfully and with positive mental energy. 
Type of Climbing: Trad Climbing 
Ability: Interested in pushing one’s leading abilities and has some experience leading traditional climbs and sound skills placing traditional gear.

Leading outside – Make the transition from leading in the gym to leading outside with Kitty Calhoun (presented by Patagonia)
Topics include mental preparation, route selection, gear, anchors, reading the route (because it does not have colored holds!) and strategies for working routes and taking your leading outside to the next level.
Type of Climbing: Sport Climbing 
Ability: Can folllow 5.9 without falling. Experience leading in the gym or outside & lead belaying 

Introduction to Sport Climbing Outdoors with Jenn Flemming
This clinic is aimed at those newer to sport climbing, or those making the transition from gym to outdoors. We will cover basics of technique and movement, including footwork and efficiency. Additionally, we may will learn (or practice) the logistics and ethics of outdoor climbing, such as cleaning anchors, clipping, and belay techniques. This clinic will be appropriate for beginner or intermediate climbers, as well as anyone that is making the gym to outdoor transition.
Type of Climbing: Sport Climbing
Ability: All levels

Warrior’s Way Falling Clinic with Laura Sabourin
Being effective in climbing requires us to understand the consequences of our decisions and actions. In climbing the main consequence is falling. By understanding how to fall we diminish the chance of injury and allow us to focus attention effectively on climbing. You’ll learn how to – Fall safely through progressive falling practice – Give a dynamic (cushioned) belay – Fall while clipping or committing – Distinguish between no- and yes-fall zones – Deal with fear of falling – Focus on what you can control – Reduce fear, and more. You’ll start by learning how to fall on a loose top rope and gradually increase your fall distance until you work your way up to taking lead falls.
Type of Climbing: Top Roping
Ability: Able to toprope 5.8 with no falls, climb indoors/outdoors at least 1-2 times per week and at least 6 months of continuous climbing experience within the last year

 

Sunday, March 25th

Movement with Jules Jimreivat (presented by Black Diamond)

Work with an experienced coach to understand movement on the wall. We’ll focus footwork and body positioning to learn how to climb through moves using the whole body. 
Type of Climbing: Bouldering
Ability: All levels

Intro To Trad with Katie Lambert
The Intro to Trad Clinic will teach you the basic fundamentals of what gear to use from cams, nuts, webbing, cord and slings to how to use the gear and build anchors. For gear placements  we will be focusing on quality of rock, quality of placement, direction of pull, and timeliness. By the end of this clinic participants will leave with a better understanding of the equipment and how to use it in a confident way.
Type of Climbing: Traditional and Top Roping
Ability: Beginner
Prerequisites: Basic – knows how to belay with an ATC and Grigri and has some outdoor experience.

Gaining Confidence on Bigger Moves with Lauren Callaway (presented by Organic Climbing)
This clinic will focus on changing your approach to doing moves that seem too big, too hard, or just plain unrealistic. We’ll break down the useful and prohibitive elements of our mental game, and investigate our physical strengths and weaknesses in climbing. We will dissect the elements of various “unrealistic” moves as much as possible to try to find the balance between breaking down mental barriers and developing the physical requirements that it takes to make them happen. Targeted at boulderers (and sport climbers!) with V3/4 experience outdoors who want to push themselves outside and/or are feeling plateaued.
Type of Climbing: Bouldering
Ability: V4 indoors

Applying Strength to Bouldering with Kyra Condie (presented by Mountain Hardwear)
This clinic will focus on applying the strength that you already have to climbing harder. We will go over body tension, engaging on holds, learning from failed attempts, and how to use a power spot to your advantage.
Type of Climbing: Bouldering
Ability: V3 indoors

Mental Approach to Projecting with Molly Mitchell (presented by Adidas Terrex)
“A gymnast’s mind falls off the beam before her body does.” – Dan Millman. From Preparation to Performance. Learn how to set goals, train specifically, and approach your project with confidence. Molly Mitchell hosts a clinic to teach what she has learned over the years of hard projecting. She’ll guide you through how she keeps her mind focused through success, failure, and fear. She will help you prepare to overcome your project’s obstacles and make a plan to fit your specific goals.
Type of Climbing: Bouldering
Ability: All levels

WORKSHOPS

All workshops are on Saturday, March 24th from 11am-2pm. 

The Eight Limbs of Yoga:  “Yogah citta vritti nirodaha”; Yoga is the stilling of the fluctuations of the consciousness. 
Mary Devore, Bishop Yoga and Pilates Center  
One way to still the consciousness is through abhyasa (repeated practice).  It is an 8 fold path that combines philosophy, moral, physical, and spiritual discipline to help in the process and development of transformation.  When one gets into the correct posture, something happens to the body that has an effect on the mind, and that is the alignment and the balancing of the different parts of the self. In this workshop we will go over the 8 limbs of yoga with focus on asana(posture), pranayama (breath), and dhyana (meditation).  Through discussion and practice, participants will gain an understanding of the meaning of yoga, the parts of yoga, and the path of yoga. 

Life Coaching for Climbing: Identifying Success & Setting Goals
Sanni McCandless 
Why do you climb? What holds you back climbing in your climbing? Where do you want to be with climbing a year from now? In order to become even more courageous and intentional with our outdoor endeavors, we’ll use this workshop to do visioning exercises, pinpoint barriers, overcome insecurities, address fears, set goals, and talk strategy. Be prepared to get vulnerable, go deep, and come out refreshed and ready on the other side.

Health and Wellness Through Nutrition
Katie Lambert, MSTN. High Sierra Nutritional Wellness
Learn what the best foods are for soft tissue, how to manage inflammation, healthy food choices for optimal performance and snack ideas.

Understanding Climbing Injuries and How Not To Get Them
Carrie Cooper, DPT. Rev Physical Therapy 
You will learn about the most prevalent climbing injuries, their anatomy and
methods for keeping your muscles, ligaments and tendons safe from injury. Injury
happens to all athletes and having a basic understanding of therapeutic concepts
can prevent them for occurring or becoming chronic. We will learn and apply
concepts so be ready to move in comfortable clothing.
Ability level or prerequisites: No prerequisite injuries or knowledge needed

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