Those who want to progress beyond sport climbing or climbing in a gym eventually need to come to terms with crack climbing. Most natural climbing lines follow crack systems as these give climbers places to place protection and the crack itself provides a weakness that allows climbers to ascend routes without pre-placed bolts. Some would argue that crack climbing is the most pure and fundamental form of rock climbing.
Our crack climbing technique clinics capitalize on the wealth of natural granite cracks found in the Leavenworth area and introduce students to techniques that allow them to securely and efficiently climb a variety of crack types.
We typically begin with hand cracks as most climbers find the hand-jam to be the most secure hold found in crack climbing. Once basic hand jamming technique is understood we move onto finger and fist cracks. For those who are particularly keen we can also cover off-width technique. Off-width are cracks that are too small for chimney climbing, yet too big for fist jams.
- Finger, fist, and hand jams
- Off-width strategies
- Taping for crack climbing
- Appropriate footwork for crack climbing
- Technique differences between leading and top-roping
- When to consider using lie-back technique
- Placing and removing gear in cracks
- Selecting the best rack for a given crack type
- Use of cams, nuts, Big-Bros, and other crack protection
Rock Climbing Anchors Clinic
Introduction to Outdoor Climbing
Sport Climbing Technique
Improvised Rock Rescue
Traditional Lead Climbing
Snow Creek Wall Climbs
here. Once you have completed your application you can make your deposit or full payment here. It is best to call our office at 509-548-5823 to make sure that space is available on your selected program. Space is allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Portions of this program take place on US Forest Service lands under a commercial-outfitter and guide permits. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities and is an equal opportunity provider and employer.