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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!

Outdoor Clinics

Registration for Winter 2021 Outdoor Clinics is NOW OPEN! Register here.

Our outdoor clinics are non-credit offerings that will be conducted in an outdoor setting and following COVID-19 precautions, including wearing masks and adhering to social distancing. These clinics are open to anyone who has a valid SUID, courtesy card, or valid Rec Pass. You must be able to tag into the AOERC building and will be required to complete the Stanford Health Check before attending a clinic session. 

Beyond the Basics: Zombie Apocalypse Survival

What are the 10 essential items to bring on any extended hike, camping, or backpacking trip? What additional things can you bring to make your life easier for when the unexpected happens? In this clinic you will learn some tips and tricks that our pros use so that they do not join the ranks of the undead. Register for Beyond the Basics: Zombie Apocalypse Survival!


Join a special guest presenter to learn all about bikepacking - the greatest way to explore the world on two wheels! Hear some great stories from the road while learning all about how to plan logisitics, pick a bike, and what to pack. Bikepacking is a true adventure with endless possibilites! Register for Bikepacking>>

Cleaning Anchors

Knowing how to clean anchors is an essential climbing skill. This clinic will go through the safety considerations and process of retrieving anchor gear and getting lowered to the ground safely. We will not cover rappelling in this clinic. Register for Cleaning Anchors>>

How Do I Set Up My Campsite?

What's the best place to set up your tent at your campsite? How far from your kitchen should you be? Kitchen? This clinic will answer all those questions and more. Learn how to assess terrain, position different parts of your camp, and get some hands-on practice setting up a great campsite. Register for How Do I Set Up My Campsite?

How to Rack and Pack Climbing Gear

Wondering how to keep your cord, slings, and rope from becoming an unruly tangle? Not sure exactly how to carry gear on your harness or in your pack? This clinic will give you some tips and tricks for keeping your gear neat and organized, whether in your pack or on your harness. Learning how to rack and pack your gear will help you become more efficient and save you from the headache of dealing with a jumbled mess. Register for How to Rack and Pack Climbing Gear>>

Map and Compass Basics

Have you wanted to move beyond the basics of using a map in the backcountry? This clinic will help you understand how to recognize topographic mapped land features such as ridges, creeks, peaks, and saddles and help you connect them to what you see in your field of view. Once you are able to translate the real life land features to the topographic map we will look at how you can use the compass as a navigation tool. We will use Stanford’s Dish as our outdoor classroom for this clinic and will meet at the Gerona Road Entrance. Register for Map and Compass Basics>>

Top Rope Anchors

New to climbing and want to learn how to set up your own top rope anchors? Learn about basic knots, materials, and anchor concepts to help get you ready to climb outside on your own. This clinic will prepare you to set up top ropes on bolted anchors. Register for Top Rope Anchors!

Affiliate Eligibility

  • Students who are approved to be on campus
  • Staff who are approved to be on campus
  • Faculty
  • Post Docs
  • Alumni, Retirees, and Emeritus that live *in the Academic Zones.
  • Courtesy Card Holders who live *in the Academic Campus Zone, Campus Zones, or faculty subdivision
  • Hospital Fellows
  • Hospital Resident
  • Hospital Employees