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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

Spring 2021 Clinics: Registration is NOW OPEN!

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 one-time COVID-Facility Access Waiver and Stanford Health Check before attending a clinic session. 

Adventure Cycling / Bikepacking

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>>

Camping Basics

What's the best place to set up your tent at your campsite? How far from your kitchen should you be? What should be in your kitchen? Wait, how do you set up a tent? 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.

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>>

Conditioning & Injury Prevention (CIP) - Shoulders and Fingers

Some of the most common climbing injuries occur in the fingers and shoulders and are often avoidable if the climber had done a proper warmup or the proper exercises to avoid imbalances. This clinic will teach you the "must-do's" in terms of properly warming up the shoulders and fingers to avoid acute injury, as well as maintenance exercises to avoid common muscle imbalances in climbing that can lead to chronic injuries in the shoulders and fingers. Register for Conditioning & Injury Prevention Shoulders and Fingers>>

Conditioning & Injury Prevention (CIP) - Hips and Hamstrings

Some of the most common climbing injuries occur in the hips and hamstrings and are often avoidable if the climber had done a proper warmup or the proper exercises to avoid imbalances. This clinic will teach you the "must-do's" in terms of properly warming up the hips and hamstrings to avoid acute injury, as well as maintenance exercises to avoid common muscle imbalances in climbing that can lead to chronic injuries in the hips and hamstrings. Register for Conditioning & Injury Prevention Hips and Hamstrings>>

Essential Knots

Knowing a few knots can prove quite handy in a variety of situations! But learning them on your own can be challenging. This clinic will help you master tying several knots that are useful in a number of outdoor adventure situations.

Local Adventure Spots

The Bay Area is lucky to have many great places to adventure right in our backyard! Come learn about some local adventure spots, and a few further afield. This clinic will get you dreaming about your next area to explore, help you figure out how to get there, and what you can do there. Register for Local Adventure Spots>>

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