We hope you enjoy the following climbing clinics. All clinics are half-day long and open to registered festival participants only. Each clinic descriptions concludes with the add-on price. To ensure your clinic reservation, add the desired clinic to the shopping cart when you buy your festival pass online.  

Guest Instructors: Tara McMurray, Backcountry Yoga AK

AMGA Guide Chris Walden, Soldotna

Eddie Whittemore, Black Diamond Equipment

Family & Kids Climbing Clinic, with The Walden Family

Kids love to climb so this class aims to help get kids and parents more comfortable safely climbing together outside. Helping fire up the kid stoke will be instructor Chris Walden’s climbing-loving son and daughter Avery, who became the youngest person and youngest female to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. Click this link to watch news of Avery’s achievement. Subjects covered include an overview of gear and special considerations for climbing with kids, rope and belay skills, lowering and rappelling off a route, movement skills, knots, safety and crag etiquette. Free with Festival Pass.

Women’s Ropes and Poses - Top rope with Tara McMurray

For those looking to start climbing, you’ll learn to tie a figure 8 climbing knot, practice effective partner communication, learn and practice the PBUS belay technique, and safely catch a fall.  Enjoy a post climbing yoga class to strengthen and lengthen agonist and antagonist muscles.  Be strong and calm in your body! Free with Festival Pass. Max 6

Women’s Ropes and Poses - Mock Leading with Tara McMurray

If you already have your basics down, and you’d like to experience setting your own anchors and lead climbing to them, this is for you!  Learn the ERNEST way to set your anchors, practice rappelling down from them, and mock leading to the top of your pitch.  Post climbing yoga included.  + $25, Max 6

Gym-to-Crag with AMGA Guide Chris Walden

Learn or refresh yourself on what it takes to apply climbing skills honed in the gym to natural rock outdoors. Topics covered include a gear overview, rope and belay skills, lowering and rappelling off a route, rock climbing movement skills, safety, knots, crag etiquette and Leave No Trace practices. + $25, Max 6 

Learn to Lead with AMGA Chris Walden

Learn the basics of lead climbing including how to properly clip bolts and manage the rope. You’ll learn lead climbing safety and best practices, belay management, lowering and rappelling, communications and of course crag etiquette and Leave No Trace principles. + $25, Max 6

 Mastering Multi-Pitch presented by Black Diamond’s Eddie Whittemore

Speed is safety in the mountains and on rock climbs. Inefficient technique can be the difference between an uneventful night and being benighted on a route. With the advent of new gear, technique has followed suit. Focus will be on construction of safe and efficient anchors on multi-pitch climbs, equipment overview and proper use and rope work to make safe transitions at belays and avoid rope spaghetti, setting gear anchors and the latest in belay transition techniques. + $25, Max 6