Climbing Clinics

Check out our schedule of climbing clinics!
*clinics are subject to change at any point


All clinics are single day clinics, hosted on the date listed in their description.
Some clinics offer a choice of dates: pick the date that works for you when you register.

 

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Intro to Rock Climbing

Sponsored by Petra Cliffs & MetroRock

DATE / GUIDE

Saturday, Sept 12th / Michael Ryan
Sunday, Sept 20th / Tim Farr

GROUP SIZE
1 GUIDE / 6 CLIMBERS

PRICE
$80

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.  You will learn the use of modern climbing equipment, how to belay, the ethics of climbing outdoors, as well as climbing technique to put into practice on real rock!

Prerequisites: We recommend this class for experienced indoor climbers. If you are unsure whether you are ready for this class, email us at info@vermontclimbingfestival.com.

Online Crack School with Pete Whittaker

Brought to you by CRAG Vermont

DATE / TIME

Saturday, Sept 19th
10am to 11:30am EST via Zoom

GROUP SIZE
Limited to 25 Participants

PRICE
$25

Pete Whittaker has climbed many of the world’s hardest cracks, taught Crack School classes for the last 8 years and has recently become the author of the technical book ‘Crack Climbing’.

In this virtual Crack School class Pete offers a unique opportunity for you to learn about the the primary techniques in crack climbing from fingers to offwidth. The class will cover:

  • How toTape (participants can follow along)
  • Fingers, Thin Hand, Hand, Fist and Offwidth Technique
  • Q&A

Learn from a pro and join us to build your skill set!

Please be sure to purchase a separate ticket to hear Pete Whittaker and fellow keynote speaker Ron Kauk at the Drive-In Main Event or Watch-At-Home Main Event for 9/17.

Gym to Crag: Top Roping

Sponsored by Petra Cliffs & MetroRock

DATE / GUIDE

Wednesday, Sept 16th / Michael Ryan
Saturday, Sept 19th /  Evan Kirk

GROUP SIZE
1 GUIDE / 6 CLIMBERS

PRICE
$80

So, you’re ready for taking your gym skills outside? This class will give you the skills to set up a top-rope anchor and review key communication steps to ensure you and your belayers can feel just as comfortable as you do at the gym. This will include hiking around a cliff to set up an anchor and hiking back down to start tying in to climb.

Prerequisites: We recommend this class for experienced indoor climbers. If you are unsure whether you are ready for this class, email us at info@vermontclimbingfestival.com.

Intro to Sport Climbing

Sponsored by Petra Cliffs Climbing Center & Mountaineering School

DATE / GUIDE

Saturday, Sept 12th / Evan Kirk

GROUP SIZE
1 GUIDE / 6 CLIMBERS

PRICE
$80

Take your climbing to the next level as you gain the skills necessary to lead sport climbs outside!  You will learn best practices for managing sport climbing gear, reading the rock to plan your ascent, setting up a sport climb, cleaning and lowering through a sport anchor, and rappelling. You will also be exposed to climbing etiquette and ethics so you can be a part of preserving the climbs you enjoy for generations to come. This will include cleaning and rappelling.

Prerequisites: We recommend this class for experienced gym climbers or anyone interested in taking their climbing outside to the next level. If you are unsure whether you are ready for this class, email us at info@vermontclimbingfestival.com

On the Edge: Mental Training for Climbers

Sponsored by Remarkably Human Adventures

DATE / GUIDE

Sunday, Sept 13th / Roderick Russell

GROUP SIZE
1 GUIDE / 6 CLIMBERS

PRICE
$80

Nervous about making the next move?  Panicked about reaching the bolt?  Worried and distracted by catastrophic thoughts (even when you know that you’re safe)?

Climbing is challenging and stress-inducing, and that’s often part of the fun.  But what happens when it gets to be too much?  Have you ever found yourself excessively nervous about moving above the bolt or making the next clip?  What happens when you “freeze” mid-climb and simply can’t commit to the next move? Afraid of a fall, a swing, or even just a particular climb in general?

This clinic is designed for anyone that finds challenging thoughts, stress or nervousness, distraction, commitment or anxiety is getting in the way of their best climbing performance – and their maximum enjoyment.  

Appropriate for any level of climber, be it lead climbing or top roping, you’ll learn exactly what’s happening in the body and mind to create these challenging situations, and will learn a clear, personalized process for working with them in the future.

Through group exercises, demonstrations, masterclass-style instruction and one-on-one coaching, you’ll walk away armed with evidence-based techniques to help you climb your best.

Take Aways:

  • Climb harder and closer to your limit as you find freedom from challenging thoughts and feelings.
  • Learn to identify the distinct ways that the mind and body create stress – and how to work with it.
  • Experience and learn a clear process for responding to anxious thoughts.
  • Learn how to commit to a move, fall or even the entire climb.
  • Learn what to do when you “freeze.”
  • Address a fear of falling.
  • Increase your willingness to approach challenging situations.

Improve your climbing – and your enjoyment – by improving your mental skill set.  Succeed while on the edge of your comfort zone.

Women's Intro to Outdoor Climbing

Sponsored by MetroRock & Petra Cliffs

DATE / GUIDE

Saturday, Sept 12th / Andrea Charest
Sunday, Sept 20th / Louise Limoge

GROUP SIZE
1 GUIDE / 6 CLIMBERS

PRICE
$80

Come experience the thrill of rock climbing outdoors in a women’s class. If you’ve only climbed inside or you’re looking to explore rock climbing for the first time, this is your opportunity to practice with a professional female rock climbing instructor. We’ll focus on building solid fundamental skills, such as belaying, crack-climbing technique and face-climbing technique.

Purposes: To introduce basic safety concepts and the role of the individual climber within the climbing system. How to climb for personal enjoyment and as a potential lifelong pursuit. Provide participants with an awareness of how to become a safe and responsible climber.

First Time Outside

Sponsored by Remarkably Human Adventures

DATE / GUIDE

Friday, Sept 18th / Roderick Russell

GROUP SIZE
1 GUIDE / 6 CLIMBERS

PRICE
$80

The First Time Outside program is an experience designed for gym climbers looking to get their hands dirty outdoors.  

Whether you’ve only been top roping in the gym or are leading; no matter what grade you’re climbing; this program is designed for you.  We’ll help you discover first-hand the differences between inside and outside, in a safe and accessible way, climbing at the level that’s perfect for you.

This program is similar to our normal Guided Rock Climbing program, insofar as the focus is on the climbing and having an extraordinary day on the rock, with very little to worry about.  But since you’re already a climber, we get to speak to you in a shared language you’ll understand.  We’ll help expand your knowledge, answer technical questions you may have and show you the many differences – both subtle and not-so-subtle – between the indoor and the outdoor environment (many of which may be surprising), laying the groundwork for your future adventures.

Intro to Trad Climbing

Sponsored by Petra Cliffs Climbing Center & Mountaineering School

DATE / GUIDE

Wednesday, Sept 16th / Steve Charest
Sunday, Sept 20th / Steve Charest

GROUP SIZE
1 GUIDE / 4 CLIMBERS

PRICE
$100

Experience the purity of rock climbing: no bolts, but instead trad gear. Learn to climb cracks while placing removable traditional gear. You will learn how to lead belay, place gear, build traditional anchors, and plan and execute a trad route. You’ll take steps into this new realm with a mock lead that will allow you to practice these skills while minimizing risk. This class is designed for climbers wanting to gain the skills necessary to lead trad climbs. 

Prerequisites: We recommend this class for experienced sport lead climbers who have earned their Lead Belay status at an indoor climbing gym and a significant amount of climbing experience. Climbers who are very experienced in top-rope (5.9 or higher) may also enroll even if they have not done a sport-lead. Additional pre-req classes in building anchors or other technique classes serve as an excellent primer for this trad leading clinic. If you are unsure if you are ready for this class, email us at info@vermontclimbingfestival.com.

Women's Introduction to Multi-Pitch Climbing

Sponsored by Petra Cliffs Climbing Center & Mountaineering School

DATE / GUIDE

Friday, Sept 18th / Andrea Charest

GROUP SIZE
1 GUIDE / 2 CLIMBERS

PRICE
$195

Follow on a multi-pitch route with one of our experienced guides. This will focus on anchor management skills, rope management and transitioning from pitch to pitch efficiently.

Prerequisites: We recommend this class for experienced climbers, top-rope or lead, who would like to experience climbing a long route with a guide to learn multi-pitch skills and rope management. Must be able to tie a figure-eight knot and must be comfortable rappelling outside. If you are unsure whether you are ready for this class, email us at info@vermontclimbingfestival.com

Climb a Classic

Sponsored by Petra Cliffs Climbing Center & Mountaineering School

DATE / GUIDE

Sunday, Sept 20th

GROUP SIZE
1 GUIDE / 2 CLIMBERS

PRICE
$195

Follow on a classic route with one of our experienced guides. This will be a personalized adventure based on your own skill set and your hopes for climbing a Vermont gem, whether it’s a multi-pitch route or classic single pitches.

Prerequisites: We recommend this class for experienced climbers, top-rope or lead, who would like to experience climbing a long route with a guide. Must be able to follow or top-rope a 5.9 outside or cleanly top-rope a 5.10 at the gym. Must be able to tie a figure-eight knot and must be comfortable rappelling. If you are unsure whether you are ready for this class, email us at info@vermontclimbingfestival.com

Rock Rescue Skills You Should Know

Sponsored by Petra Cliffs Climbing Center & Mountaineering School

DATE / GUIDE

Sunday, Sept 13th / Tim Farr
Saturday, Sept 19th / Tim Farr

GROUP SIZE
1 GUIDE / 4 CLIMBERS

PRICE
$100

What if you need to rappel on a damaged rope? Or your rappel line gets stuck? Or you need to safely bail off a climb and don’t want to lose your whole rack? Worse yet, what if you need to descend with an incapacitated partner? Many climbers advance their climbing skills without considering the need to complement those skills with necessary problem-solving and rescue skills. Make sure you’re taking active steps to advance those skills together through participation in this clinic. You’ll learn a variety of techniques for handling both common climbing problems and approaches for dealing with more advanced scenarios. The focus will be on building a solid set of rescue skills that you can then transfer across contexts. Climbing involves freedom—but with freedom comes responsibility —make sure you are taking active steps to become educated in self-rescue by participating in this clinic!

Prerequisites: We recommend this class for climbers with a solid base of climbing experience. Must be able to cleanly follow or top-rope a 5.8 outside and a 5.9 at the gym. Experience with belaying is required, as is comfort with rappelling. Basic knowledge of the clove hitch, munter mule overhand, and friction hitches will be useful in maximizing your learning. If you are unsure whether you are ready for this class, email us at info@vermontclimbingfestival.com.