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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!

Please click the course title in the sections below to be taken to the registration page. Courses and clinics are open to Stanford students, post-docs, faculty, and staff.

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Recreation Clinics

Movement Skills

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

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

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

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

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

Technical 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

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

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

Recreation Courses

Course Description

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

 

Prerequisites

None

 

Fee

$100

Register for Rock Climbing courses and clinics here!