Courses/Clinics

The Stanford Climbing Program offers recreational climbing courses, PE 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.

Recreation Clinics

(open to Stanford students, faculty, and staff)

Movement Skills

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

 

Dates and Time

Section 1: Friday 04/06, 3:00 - 5:00PM Register Here

 

Section 2: Monday 04/09, 6:00 - 8:00PM Register Here

 

Section 3: Monday 04/16, 6:00 - 8:00PM Register Here

 

Section 4: Friday 05/18, 3:00pm - 5:00pm Register Here

Foundations of Efficient 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 including rock-overs and backstepping.

 

Prerequisites

At least one month climbing experience

 

Fee

Student $15
Faculty/Staff $20

 

Dates and Time

Wednesday 04/18, 5:00pm - 6:30pm Register here.

Dynamic Movement: How to DYNO!

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

 

Dates and Time

Section 1: Wednesday May 23, 5:30 - 6:30pm Register here

Overhang Climbing

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

 

Dates and Time

Section 1: Wednesday May 2, 5:30 - 6:30pm Register here

Crack Climbing Clinic

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 $20
Faculty/Staff $25

 

Dates and Time

TBD

Technical Skills

Indoor Lead Climbing & 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/Post Doc $50
Faculty/Staff $60

 

Dates and Time

Section 1: Tuesday May 1 & May 8, 6:00 - 8:30pm Register here

Sport Climbing Anchors & Rappelling

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

 

Dates and Time

Tues/Thurs 04/10 & 04/12 5:00 - 6:30pm

Email Tori (vpoland@stanford.edu) to request permission to register.

Introduction to Multipitch Climbing

Course Description

This two-session seminar prepares students for the basics of outdoor multipitch climbing. Topics covered: anchor construction, belaying a follower, multipitch rappelling, and safety concerns while multipitch climbing.

 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of the Sports Anchors & Rappelling clinic or equivalent experience, current SCW lead belay certification

 

Fee

Student/Post Doc $40
Faculty/Staff $45

 

Dates and Time

Tues/Thurs 04/17 & 04/19 5:00 - 7:00pm

Email Tori (vpoland@stanford.edu) to request permission to register.

Vertical Rescue Seminar

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

 

Dates and Time

Wednesdays 04/25 - 05/23, 7:00pm - 10:00pm Apply Here

Recreation Courses

(open to Stanford students, faculty, and staff)

Registration will be available March 20 at 9am.

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

$100

 

Dates and Time

Tuesdays 04/10 - 06/05, 10:30am - 11:20am Register Here

 

Tuesdays 04/10 - 06/05, 1:30pm - 2:20pm Register Here

 

Thursdays 04/12 - 06/07, 10:30am - 11:20am Register Here

 

Thursdays 04/12 - 06/07, 11:30am - 12:20pm Register Here

 

Fridays 04/13 - 06/08, 8:30am - 9:20am Register Here

Strength & Conditioning for Climbing

Course Description

This course is an introduction to training principles and best practices associated with improving your strength and conditioning for rock climbing.

 

Prerequisites

Rock 1 or 3 months climbing experience, current top-rope certification.

 

Fee

$100

 

Dates and Time

Tuesdays & Thursdays 04/10 - 06/07,  7:30am - 8:50am Register Here

Route Setting

Course Description

The Route Setting course is intended for those with extensive climbing experience who are interested in learning to design and set climbing routes for indoor climbing walls. The course will introduce students to route setting philosophies, operations, route evaluation, and setting guidelines and techniques for specific grades, specific movements and achieving equitability for various climber heights.

 

Prerequisites

Rock 2 or extensive climbing experience

 

Fee

$100

 

Dates and Time

Tuesday 4/17  &  4/24 7:00pm - 9:00pm; Sat/Sun 4/28-29 9am - 5pm Register Here

PE Courses 

(open to Stanford students only)

PE 40

Course Description

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

 

Prerequisites

None

 

Fee

$100

 

Dates and Time

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30am-10:20am

PE 41

Course Description

An intermediate course that covers dynamic movements, overhang technique, crack climbing, and projecting.

 

Prerequisites

Rock 1 or 3 months climbing experience, current top-rope certification.

 

Fee

$100

 

Dates and Time

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:30pm-4:20pm