**This is the clinic information for 2019. 2020 clinic information coming soon.

CLINICS (in partnership with Sierra Mountain Guides

Registration for clinics and workshops opens on Monday, February 18th, at 12pm PST. Registration information was sent out via email. If you are a festival participant and have not received information on clinic and workshop registration contact

All clinics are $65 per participant with the exception of the 2-day clinic that is $130 per participant. To learn more about the athletes and instructors click here

Clinics and workshops are non-refundable. Transfers can be issued before March 8th, 2019.

Saturday, March 23rd

Saturday clinics will begin at the Tri-County Fairgrounds at 11am and will last from 11am-5:30pm.  

The Art of Redpointing with Colette McInerney (presented by Black Diamond)
Colette will go over many different complete red point tactics for the advanced sport climber.
Type of Climbing: Sport Climbing.
Ability:  Advanced.
Prerequisites: Must be able to lead 5.10 or above.

Feel the Flow: Sport Movement with Daila Ojeda (presented by Black Diamond)
How to learn to find your own way, your own flow – the strategy of climbing!
Type of Climbing: Sport
Ability: All levels welcome!

From Gym to the Outdoors: Bouldering with Abbey Smith (presented by La Sportiva)
Build confidence and gain valuable techniques for making a smooth transition from plastic to stone. Spend a day at the boulders sharpening 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!

Gym to outdoors: Becoming competent and confident on real rock with Jenn Flemming (presented by La Sportiva)
In this clinic, we will focus on some of the important skills for the transitioning climber to feel competent outdoors. The clinic will focus heavily on anchor management for top roping (setting up and cleaning anchors) on the ground with the goal of making you feel confident in this skill. We will alternate between this ground school and top rope climbing, where we will work on real rock technique, belaying, and decision making outside.  
Type of Climbing: Top Rope
Ability: Beginner to intermediate.

Mind Tools for Bouldering with Hazel Findlay (presented by Black Diamond)
Learn how to fall. Learn how to practice falling. Learn how to approach scary boulders. Learn how to push your comfort zone bouldering. For those of us who want to try hard free from distraction.
Type of Climbing: Bouldering
Ability: All levels welcome

Photographing Climbing with Nikki Smith (presented by REI)
Anything from iPhone to DSLRs are welcome. This clinic will help you improve your climbing specific photography and make your friends look like heroes.
We will cover pre-shot planning, framing, angles and positioning, jugging fixed lines, and more.
Type of Climbing: Photography
Ability: Beginner to Intermediate

Rock Climbing 101 with Lizzy VanPatten
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.
Type of Climbing: Top rope
Ability: Beginner

Send the Psyche: Mental Training for Climbing with Becca Droz and Josie McKee
As climbers, we train our bodies to be stronger through campus board workouts and core circuits. In Sending the Psyche we focus on the process of working with our minds and engaging with our strengths and limitations, sending a climb becomes a byproduct of the process. We provide a toolbox to build awareness in the mind and body and put these tools into practice on the ground, on mock lead, on lead and in the community to move more into a confident flow in our bodies. We practice enjoying the process, understanding fear better and connecting with a group of rad women committed to improving performance in climbing and in life. Should be comfortable with top rope belay, some experience lead belay preferred.
Type of Climbing: Sport
Ability: All levels welcome!

Warrior’s Way Falling Clinic with Laura Sabourin (presented by Warrior’s Way)
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
Process: 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.
– Able to toprope 5.8 with no falls
– Climb indoors/outdoors at least 1-2 times per week
– At least 6 months of continuous climbing experience within the last year
Type of Climbing: Sport
Ability: All levels welcomed

Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24th

This two-day clinic will begin at the Tri-County Fairgrounds at 11am and will last from 11am-5:30pm on Saturday and then meet back up at the respective climbing area on Sunday at 12:30 till 6pm. 

Intermediate to Advanced Trad 2 Day Clinic with Miranda Oakley (presented by Mountain Hardwear)
**This is a 2-day clinic. You must sign up for both days
This is a two-day clinic for traditional climbers to advance their skills and become more comfortable with traditional multi-pitch climbing. Participants must be proficient at belaying (top-rope and lead), tying-in and basic climbing techniques. In addition, they must be familiar with placing traditional protection and the concept of multi-pitch climbing. Participants should expect to do some climbing (2-3 pitches per day) but the majority of the class will be on the ground getting hands-on practice building anchors, placing gear and practicing rescue scenarios.
In this course we will cover:
– Leave No Trace ethics in climbing
– Standard traditional rack
– Gear placements
– Basic crack climbing technique
– Multi-pitch trad anchors
– Multi-pitch belay management
– Easy aid climbing
– Self-rescue
Type of Climbing: Traditional
Ability: Intermediate to Advanced

Sunday, March 24th

Sunday clinics will meet at their respective bouldering area after the Stewardship project at 12pm and will last from 12:30pm-6:00pm.

Bouldering Movement & Technique with Michaela Kiersch (presented by Petzl)
This clinic covers the basics of how to move effectively and efficiently while climbing, sequencing, and general footwork and technique.
Type of Climbing: Bouldering
Ability: All levels welcome

Intro to Trad with Lizzy VanPatten
This Trad Climbing 101 clinic is for climbers with little or no experience leading trad who are looking to begin the process of becoming proficient trad climbers. Whether you have goals to crush splitter cracks in Indian Creek or climb long moderate alpine routes, this clinic is a great place to start. The first half of the clinic will be taught on the ground where we will go over the difference between active and passive gear and the difference between good and bad placements. We will then move to the rock where climbers will have the opportunity to mock-lead a trad route and have an instructor follow up to inspect the gear.
Climber Requirements: Ability to safely top-rope belay and the ability to follow a minimum of 5.8 in the climbing gym. Bring whatever gear you have!
Type of Climbing: Mock Leading (Top-roping while placing gear)
Ability: Beginner

Motivation in Training with Anna Liina Laitinen (presented by Mountain Hardwear)
Motivation – It is easy to be motivated on climbing but sometimes pushing your limits either outdoors or indoor requires motivation to do the hard work, start it and maintain it for achieving the goals. In this clinic, you’ll learn some simple tools for getting motivation and maintaining it on hard training or redpointing.
Type of Climbing: Bouldering
Ability: All levels welcomed!

Pushing Farther: How to Choose Your Next Challenge with Nina Williams
This clinic offers an introspective approach to project-picking: where to start, how to start, and what to expect throughout the process. We will discuss strategies for short-term challenges; for instance, if you’ve only got a few days in a new area or a weekend at a local crag. We will also lay out a plan for long-term challenges such as dream projects or breaking one or two grades higher on the scale. There will be opportunities to talk about introductory training techniques, so bring a pen/paper and be prepared to take notes!
Type of Climbing: Bouldering
Ability: Intermediate to Advanced. For climbers V5 and above.

Self Rescue with Josie McKee
When your rope gets stuck, you drop your belay device, you rappelled past the anchor, or something happened to your partner, having a handful of tricks up your sleeve could make the difference between having a small misadventure or a call-for-a-rescue epic. During this clinic, you will learn and practice the foundational skills to help you improvise an efficient and safe solution when your multi-pitch doesn’t go as planned.
This clinic will cover foundational rescue techniques, including:
– Mastery of ATC guide or Reverso (or other tube-style locking belay devices) – They are useful for SO MUCH MORE than just belaying!
– Load transfers – belay escape/passing a knot on rappel.
– Rope ascension
– Improvised belay/rappel device
– Plus discussion of scenarios you’ve encountered/wondered about.
We will spend the day practicing skills on the ground and in a single-pitch setting. There will be a very minimal amount of climbing as the skills practice will be the focus. Therefore, approach shoes or comfy climbing shoes will be the ideal footwear.
This is an intermediate/advanced level clinic. Prerequisites: multi-pitch experience (sport or trad), including the ability to build an equalized anchor, belay from above and set-up a rappel without coaching.
Type of Climbing: Rope/Sport
Ability: Intermediate to Advanced


All workshops are on Saturday, March 23rd from 11am-2pm. Workshops are $25 per participant.

Brown Girls Climb: Tools for Self-Advocacy as a WOC in Rock Climbing
Jael Berger
This workshop is for identifying women/femmes of color. Jael Berger, a national Brown Girls Climb leader, will facilitate a conversation around her personal experiences navigating the climbing community and open space for others to share tools on how to better advocate for ourselves in a predominantly cis-white male climbing culture.

Injury Prevention in Climbing
Tori Orlowski, DPT
This workshop will provide a foundation to understand how our bodies adapt to the demands of climbing. Participants will gain insight into injury risk, healthy progression of power/endurance and the healing process. Primarily , we’ll focus on common climbing related upper extremity injuries, and the anatomy involved. We will cover “why” with discussion of efficiency, tissue adaptation and vulnerable anatomy, “how” with a packet of strength and mobility exercises specifically designed for climbers, and “who” with YOU, through interactive discussion of your experience of training, trips and injuries. The aim is to provide participants with a better understanding of how to appropriately load their bodies for optimum muscle, tendon and joint health without losing the fluidity in movement needed to crush all goals, for life.
All abilities and backgrounds welcome.

Mental and Movement Awareness Yoga
Jean Tucky
This wholehearted approach to yoga will focus on how to use the breath, mind and body to elevate your awareness, inner-strength and climbing movement. We will start with a 15 minute climbing warm-up that you can take to the crag/boulders, then dive into the core of the workshop. In this workshop, you will learn the practices of observance (niyama) and self-study to rise up from fear, let go of struggle and align with life’s pulses, the practice of concentration (dharana) to quiet the “monkey mind”, meditation (dhyana) to find stillness amongst the chaos, the practice of breath (pranayama) to cultivate energy, and the practice of posture (asana) to develop more strength, flexibility and balance. The 90-minute to 2 hour asana practice will be tailored to your thirsts, as well as in-depth focus on shoulders, forearms, wrists, core, hips, back, quadriceps, hamstrings and feet. We will learn mat postures and how to use blocks, straps and wall to deepen movement and prevent injury. Please bring any of these items along, though the studio has some available to use as well. Move and be moved, to connect with a stronger version of yourself. Ability: All levels welcome

Realizing Your Inner Strength
Nina Williams
This workshop will focus on conversations around insecurity, uncertainty, and sometimes feeling uncomfortable in the spaces we occupy. Join Nina Williams, professional climber, and IPEC-certified Leadership and Development coach, for a 2-hour exploratory session of our ‘inner voice’ as we identify core values while examining internal and external motivators. Participants will engage in self-reflection and confidence-building strategies with the goal of gaining fresh perspectives on themselves. Come prepared to share your story! If you’re feeling shy, that’s okay too – our only requirement is a set of open, listening ears.
Ability: All levels welcomed.

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