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The Stanford Climbing Program offers recreational climbing courses and quick clinics tailored to help you get started in the sport of climbing and help you improve your skills!

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Recreation Clinics

Skills Clinics

Introduction to Indoor Rock Climbing

Course Description

This two hour clinic is designed to give beginners an introduction to indoor rock climbing. No prior rock climbing experience or knowledge is required. Topics covered include belaying skills (properly using the top-rope safety system), bouldering & spotting technique, climbing grade scales, types of handholds, and basic footwork.

 

Prerequisites

None

 

Fee

Student $20
Faculty/Staff $25

Foundations of Efficient Movement

Course Description

This clinic covers how to climb in a fluid and energy efficient manner, with a focus on body positioning and footwork techniques including rock-overs and backstepping.

 

Prerequisites

At least one month climbing experience

 

Fee

Student $15
Faculty/Staff $20

Dynamic Movement: How to DYNO!

Course Description

This clinic explores how and when to use dynamic climbing techniques such as dynos and dead points effectively.

 

Prerequisites

Foundations of Efficient Movement or Rock 1 is preferred

 

Fee

Student $10
Faculty/Staff $15

Overhang Climbing

Course Description

This clinic will improve body positioning and footwork techniques vital for efficient overhang climbing.

 

Prerequisites

Foundations of Efficient Movement or Rock 1 is preferred

 

Fee

Student $10
Faculty/Staff $15

Crack Climbing Clinic

Course Description

The Crack Climbing clinic will introduce students to various techniques for utilizing crack features in rock while climbing.

 

Prerequisites

Top-rope belay certification at SCW and the ability to consistently climb 5.10 or higher

 

Fee

Student $10
Faculty/Staff $15

Advanced Movement

Course Description

This clinic covers how to climb in a fluid and energy efficient manner, with a focus on body positioning and footwork techniques that help you with overhangs, cracks, and dynamic moves.

Prerequisites

At least month of climbing experience

Fee

Student $15
Faculty/Staff $20

Indoor Lead Climbing And Belaying Skills

Course Description

A two-part advanced clinic that covers how to sport lead climb and lead belay in an indoor climbing gym. This clinic is designed to prepare you for the SCW Lead Test

Prerequisites

At least 1 year climbing and belaying experience, current top-rope belay certification, and ability to comfortably climb 5.10b on top-rope

 

Fee

Student $50
Faculty/Staff $60

Self Rescue 1

Course Description

This clinic will introduce participants to self-rescue skills useful in a top-rope environment where the belayer is postioned at the base of the climb. Skills covered will include how to tie off a belay device to go "hands-free" and how to gain access to a climber up on the wall who may need assistance

Prerequisites

Must have been belay certified for at least one year, with exstensive belay practice within the last month. Experience with a gri-gri style assisted-braking device is highly preferred.

 

Fee

Student $35
Faculty/Staff $40

Sport Climbing Anchors & Rappelling

Course Description

This clinic will teach you the basics of building anchors at the top of sport climbs and how to rappel or be lowered without leaving any gear at the anchor.

Prerequisites

Current SCW Lead Belay certification.

 

Fee

Student $50
Faculty/Staff $65

Recreation Courses

Indoor Lead Climbing & Belaying Skills

Course Description

A two-part advanced clinic that covers how to sport lead climb and lead belay in an indoor climbing gym. This clinic is designed to prepare you for the SCW Lead Test.

 

Prerequisites

At least 1 year climbing and belaying experience, current top-rope belay certification, and ability to comfortably climb 5.10b on top-rope

 

Fee

Student/Post Doc $50
Faculty/Staff $60

Sport Climbing Anchors & Rappelling

Course Description

Are you thinking about starting to climb outdoors but don't know how to set up top ropes or clean anchors? In two short sessions we will cover how to build a safe anchor at the top of a sport climb and how to rappel back to the ground with your rope and gear.

 

Prerequisites

Current SCW lead belay certification

 

Fee

Student/Post Doc $30
Faculty/Staff $35

Introduction to Multipitch Climbing

Course Description

This two-session seminar prepares students for the basics of outdoor multipitch climbing. Topics covered: anchor construction, belaying a follower, multipitch rappelling, and safety concerns while multipitch climbing.

 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of the Sports Anchors & Rappelling clinic or equivalent experience, current SCW lead belay certification

 

Fee

Student/Post Doc $40
Faculty/Staff $45

 

Dates and Time

TBD

Vertical Rescue Seminar

Course Description

This 5-week seminar series introduces climbers with multi-pitch experience to necessary skills for self-rescue in sport and traditional rock climbing. The focus is on developing practical skills by working through common rescue scenarios.

 

Prerequisites

Instructor consent is required. Current SCW lead belay certification, successful completion of the Sport Anchors & Rappelling clinic and Multipitch clinic, or equivalent experience is required.

 

Fee

Student/Post Doc $120
Faculty/Staff $150

Rock 1

Course Description

An introduction to climbing covering everything from rope-use, footwork and body positioning to climbing history and culture.

Prerequisites

none

Fee

Student $60
Faculty/Staff $120

Rock 2

Course Description

This courses focuses on developing the body position, balance, and footwork that allows for advanced movement skills. You will gain proficiency in techniques for overhangs, cracks, slopes, dynamic moves, and more.

Prerequisites

Rock 1 or equivalent

Fee

Student $60
Faculty/Staff $120

Academic Climbing Courses

OUTDOOR 10: Rock 1 Beginning

Course Description

1 unit   T/Th. Section one 1:30-2:50. Section two 3:00-4:20.     Enroll on Axess

This course is an introductory course. Students will learn skills necessary to get started exploring the world of indoor climbing. These skills include technical safety skills for bouldering and top-roped climbing, essential physical and mental skills, and strategies for training.

Course Fee $125

 

Prerequisites

None

 

 

Strength & Conditioning for Climbing

Course Description

1 unit   T/Th. Section one 1:30-2:50. Section two 3:00-4:20.     Enroll on Axess

This course is an introductory course. Students will learn skills necessary to get started exploring the world of indoor climbing. These skills include technical safety skills for bouldering and top-roped climbing, essential physical and mental skills, and strategies for training.

Course Fee $125

 

Prerequisites

None

 

Route Setting

Course Description

The Route Setting course is intended for those with extensive climbing experience who are interested in learning to design and set climbing routes for indoor climbing walls. The course will introduce students to route setting philosophies, operations, route evaluation, and setting guidelines and techniques for specific grades, specific movements and achieving equitability for various climber heights.

 

Prerequisites

Rock 2 or extensive climbing experience

 

Fee

$100

 

Dates and Time

TBD

OUTDOOR 11: Rock 2 Intermediate

Course Description

This courses focuses on developing the body position, balance, and footwork that allows for advanced movement skills.  You will gain proficiency in techniques for overhangs, cracks, slopes, dynamic moves, and more.

 

Prerequisites

Rock 1 or equivalent skill set

 

Fee

Student $60

Staff Faculty $120

Outdoor 14: Gym to Crag

Course Description

1 unit. Thurs  3:00-4:20pm. Field Weekend:  2/21-2/23.   Enroll at Outdoor Center

Skills to transition from indoor climbing facilities to outdoor rock climbing venues. Emphasis will be placed on evaluating risk, along with constructing and assessing safe anchoring systems using natural and bolted anchors.

Course Fee:  $150.00

 

OUTDOOR 15: Rock Climbing: Intermediate Anchors

Course Description

1 unit.   Field Intensive 3/20-3/26.    Enroll at Outdoor Center

Explore climbing safety systems as they apply to anchor building, self-rescue, impact forces, and belaying. Emphasis will be placed on constructing and evaluating safe traditional anchor systems as well as learning techniques for self-rescue in the single pitch outdoor rock climbing environment.

Course fee: $250.00

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