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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

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

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

 

 

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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