CLINICS (in partnership with Sierra Mountain Guides

Registration for clinics and workshops opens on Thursday, February 20th 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 7th, 2020.

Saturday, March 21st

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

From the 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!

Slab Climbing with Azissa Singh (presented by AAC)
In this clinic, we’ll introduce and practice skills to help you find success in the less than vertical world of slab. On our journey towards mastery, we’ll explore the relationships between shoe rubber and rock, friction, and falling. The delicate granite of the Buttermilks boulders will be our classroom.
    Type Climbing: Bouldering
    Ability Level: Any skill level!

Get Out Of The Gym! Intro to Sport Lead Climbing with Abby Dione
Love climbing in the gym but looking to make the move to lead climbing outside? 
Take the skills you’ve acquired at the gym and put them to the test on real rock! Explore the realities of lead climbing outside and get answers to your most daunting climbing questions. Abby Dione, owner of Coral Cliffs Rock Climbing and Sierra Mountain Guides will help you to make the transition to real rock with confidence and plenty of care and support.
    Type of Climbing: Sport
    Ability Level: Comfortably leading 5.9 indoors

Warrior’s Way Falling Clinic with Laur 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
    Type of Climbing: Top Rope
    Ability Level: Able to top-rope 5.8 with no falls and know how to give a lead belay

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.

Trad 101 with Genevive Walker and Harriett Ridley (presented by DMM)
This clinic is for climbers with little or no trad experience who are interested in learning more about the adventurous world of traditional climbing! The day will begin on the ground, where we will cover fundamental trad climbing topics, such as types of trad gear, placing and cleaning gear, racking up and identifying natural protection. Later, we will move onto the rock where climbers will have the opportunity to practice placing gear while mock-leading (leading while on top-rope), with feedback from an instructor. This introductory session is hands-on and group-focussed, and is a great place to start your trad climbing journey! Please bring any gear you have, including a helmet, harness, shoes, and belay device.
    Type of Climbing: Trad Mock leading (leading while on top rope)
    Ability Level: Beginner-Intermediate ability to safely top-rope belay; comfortable top-roping 5.8 ; prior experience leading in the gym or outdoors.

Shortybeta with Marina Inoue (presented by Scarpa)
Ever felt thwarted by a big move, been given bad beta by a tall person, had to try and crimp terrible foothold, or wished for your body size double to brainstorm with on a rock climb? If this is you, look no further! In this clinic we will talk about the mental aspects of being a short climber, as well as go over techniques to help overcome a height disadvantage. You might not be able to grow any taller, but your psyche can!
Type of climbing: Bouldering
Ability level: All are welcome

Technique, Movement, and Footwork for Outdoor Bouldering with Alannah Yip (presented by Arc’teryx)
The goal of this clinic is to give the climber a better understanding of technique, movement, and footwork that will help bring their climbing to the next level. We will teach techniques that are primarily used in outdoor bouldering, as well as break down fundamental movement techniques in a way that will allow them to be understood and used effectively. 
Prereqs: None 
Clinic Level: Intermediate

Bouldering Photography 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 heros. We will cover pre-shot planning, framing, angles, body positioning, and more.
Type of Climbing: Photography & Bouldering
Ability: Beginner to Intermediate

Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22nd

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 6:30pm. 

Intermediate/Advanced Trad Cilmbing with Becca Droz (presented by Outdoor Research)
**This is a 2-day clinic. You must sign up for both days

This two-day clinic will focus on developing your skills for leading traditional rock climbs. We will provide tips and tricks for: gear selection and racking, preparing for a challenging lead (including just “getting the rope up there” to practice a climb on top rope), safe and efficient gear placement, crack climbing techniques, anchor considerations and addressing the mental challenges of leading on gear. You will have the opportunity to mock lead (and possibly lead) with gear, weight your gear placements and get feedback from the instructors.

*This is an INTERMEDIATE to ADVANCED trad clinic. Prerequisites: experience placing traditional protection, experience leading (either trad, sport or gym) and lead belaying. We WILL NOT be spending time teaching basic gear placement or the basics of lead climbing and belaying.

Sunday, March 22nd

Most of Sunday’s clinics will meet at their respective area after the Stewardship project at 12pm and will last from 12:30pm-6:30pm.

Climbing Anchors Clinic: Natural & Artificial Protection with Rachel Sapp
Come learn the nitty gritty behind climbing anchors and systems! A mixture of science and fun, this hands-on class will cover anchors for top rope, sport, and trad climbing. Come learn the tools to assess, build and create anchor systems your friends will be stoked to climb on.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Prerequisites: Must know how to tie in and belay
Student Equipment to bring: Helmet, Harness, Belay Device, locking carabiner,  snacks and water.

Perfect Your Projecting Skills with Molly Mitchell (presented by Adidas)
Learn all the tips on how to project more efficiently—how to set goals and make a smart plan to attack them. Learn from failure and celebrate your small victories. Projecting can be a difficult process – but these tips from an experienced projecter will help the process seem much more valuable and worthwhile. We will find projects and set goals for the day, and Molly will coach you through how to attack them. She attributes her success to trusting and having patience in the projecting process- and she wants to share what she’s learned along the way with others so that they can walk away with a better understanding of how to get through the ups and downs of projecting. In addition please bring something to write like a journal or notebook, and a writing utensil!
    Type of Climbing: Sport
    Ability Level: Intermediate-Advance (Interest in projecting around 5.11 and up)

How to Climb Five Eleven: Intermediate Sport Climbing Clinic with Abby Dione
This clinic will give you an opportunity to practice the art of redpointing, and learn the physical and mental demands of climbing at the 5.11 level outdoors.  Discover the joy and understand the fear that exists in the process of your climbing growth.
Type of Climbing: Sport
Prereqs: comfortable climbing 5.10
Ability: Intermediate with a hunger in your belly!

Introduction to Bigwall / Aid Climbing Basics with Priscilla Mewborne (presented by Deuter)
This clinic will help those who wish to learn about multi-pitch systems and are curious about venturing into the world of Grade V and VI climbing. In this clinic you will learn about: bigwall anchor building; multiple ways to ascend a line; how to haul; logistics of multi-day ascents; techniques for “in a day” ascents; tips and tricks to move efficiently; clean aid practice
Ability: Beginner-Intermediate
Prereqs : Comfortable with top-rope and lead belay
Gear : Harness, closed toe shoes (for standing in aid ladders), belay device (one can be provided if needed)

Hangboarding With A View with Kate Rutherford (presented by Patagonia)
Bouldering is all about beautiful places, hanging with your friends, and having tasty organic nourishing snacks all while making your fingers strong! Learn from Alpinist Kate Rutherford how to be safe, try hard and how to take your bouldering knowledge to the big-walls and mountains of the world.


Most workshops are on Saturday, March 21st from 11am-2pm, except for the Cultural Walking Tours which are offered on Saturday and Sunday. Workshops are $25 per participant unless noted otherwise.

Early Morning Yin Yoga (FREE)
Laura Edmondson
Laura will be leading Yin yoga with a focus on restoration and intentionality. Yin yoga finds its roots in traditional yogic practice as well as Chinese medicine. In Yin yoga, we hold poses for up to five minutes which allows us to achieve a much deeper stretch while using the breath to guide our meditation. Bring a yoga mat and/or a blanket, comfy clothes, and a water bottle.

Build Your Own Climbing First Aid Kit
Danielle O’Farrell
Do you carry a first aid kit? Do you know how to use what’s inside? In this workshop, you will design and build your own custom first aid kit and learn how to use everything in it!  We will also discuss why first aid kits may vary based on your planned climb. You will leave this workshop a safer climber with your very own set of tools to respond to emergencies big and small.
Level for workshop participants (beginner, intermediate, all levels welcomed, etc)

Introduction to trail work with Eastern Sierra Conservation Corps  (FREE)
Agnes Vianzon
Join ESCC for a trailbuilding and stewardship workshop.  Together we will discuss trail impacts, sustainable trail design, and complete a small trail project.  No previous experience is necessary, we will provide any tools needed and personal protective equipment.  Please wear sturdy boots and long pants for this workshop. Limited slots (12) available for this workshop.

Mental and Movement Awareness Yoga
Jean Tucky
This wholehearted approach to yoga will focus on the breath, mind and body to learn more about your inner-strengths, fears, rock wrangles and how to nourish your climbing body.  Self-study helps us rise up from fear, let go of struggle, lean into mental discomfort and align with life’s pulses. We will practice concentration, meditation and breath work to quiet the monkey mind and cultivate energy. Then integrate a climbing-specific yoga practice to develop more strength, flexibility and balance. The asana (posture) practice will be tailored to your physical body calls, as well as in-depth focus on shoulders, forearms, wrists, core, hips, back, quadriceps, hamstrings and feet. We will use blocks and straps to deepen movement and prevent injury. Please feel free to bring any of these items along, though the studio (FlowMotion Yoga and Pilates) has mats, blocks and straps to use as well. Bring a journal or notebook. Move and be moved, to connect with a stronger version of yourself.

Ability: All levels welcome

Payahuuandu Cultural Walking Tours
Legendary Skies
** this workshop is available for Saturday and Sunday***

Come experience the majestic Owens Valley and Eastern Sierra from the people who have called this place home since time immemorial, the “nu-ma.”   Legendary Skies Enterprises’ Native Guides love to share our history, culture, and the unique connection we have as Paiute-Shoshone people to the land known to us as Payahuunadu, “the place where the water flows.”

Tours: Saturday, March 21st from 11AM-3:30PM and Sunday, March 22nd from 1PM-5PM

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