Learn to Rock Climb - Skills Seminars

Learn to rock climb us! Our unique, one-time Skills Seminars, along with our Skills SeriesDojo Nights and Core Curriculum, will help you learn new things while meeting friends and laughing lots along the way. Skills Seminars are scheduled on a quarterly basis according to the season and member and visitor feedback.

Unless otherwise noted, Skills Seminars are $40 and include a day pass and rental gear ($29 value). Members can participate in one free Skills Seminar per month, additional per month cost $36. Pre-registration required. A minimum of 2 registrants is required for a Skills Seminar to run, climbers must be 14 years or older.

All Salt Pump programs are also listed in our events calendar.

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Summer 2017 Seminar Offerings
Onsight Climbing

Onsight climbing is when you successfully climb a route on your first attempt without any prior knowledge. The Onsight Climbing Skills Seminar will explore different strategies and techniques to improve your onsight climbing ability. Having a solid understanding of onsighting can significantly improve your climbing overall. Being able to confidently move over new terrain, read complicated sequences and identify resting positions are just a few of the areas of onsight climbing that we will explore in this seminar.

Pre-requisites: Top rope belay proficient


Friday June 30th, 6:30-8:30pm

Rappelling 101

This Skills Seminar is for the climber who has never rappelled or the “it’s been a while” climber. This session will cover the nuts and bolts of rappelling, including the benefits of an extended rappel with an auto­block. Students will rappel from our tower at least once during the class.


Friday April 28th, 6:30-8:30pm

Friday May 26th, 6:30-8:30pm

Friday, June 23rd, 6:30-8:30pm

Friday, August 11th, 6:30-8:30pm

Balanced Climbing

This seminar is designed for beginners who are looking to gain a better understanding of the basic balance and body language involved in climbing. Climbing is a skill specific sport, so having a solid foundation of movement technique is the first step to take in improving your ability. While strength is a key component, your body positioning is the single most important factor involved in climbing. What’s the point of having any strength if you don’t first learn to rock climb?


Friday May 5th, 6:30-8:30pm

Friday July 21st, 6:30-8:30pm

Anchors 101

Learn and practice how to set up, clean and assess anchors. Topics will cover monolith, two and three-point anchor options using the standard array of equipment. No matter who you are, you can never have too much practice with anchor systems.


Friday June 9th, 6:30-8:30pm

Friday July 28th, 6:30-8:30pm

Well-Rounded Boulderer

Bouldering is more than just pulling hard. Join us to learn more about strategy in bouldering as well as the skills that are necessary to be a successful outdoor boulderer. Best spotting practices, pad placement, and all of the tricks that will set you up to send your hardest and manage the risk as best as you can.


Friday April 21st, 6:30-8:30pm

Friday June 2nd, 6:30-8:30pm

Friday July 7th, 6:30-8:30pm

Friday August 4th, 6:30-8:30pm

Injury Prevention

Staying healthy is foundational to being able to climb more, climb harder, and perform your best. As you learn to rock climb, it is also advisable to learn the methods that professional and amateur climbers alike employ to stay healthy so that they (and you!) can climb longer and achieve their best. The strategies taught cover from before you even get to the wall, through your session, off­day training, and what to pay attention to if you do get injured. This is not to be missed by any level of climber!



Friday May 19th, 6:30-8:30pm

Dynamic Climbing

This Skills Seminar is designed to teach climbers about the two common styles of climbing: dynamic and static. Students will learn proper techniques about both styles, and when to appropriately apply them. Knowing when to climb dynamically vs. statically will significantly improve your climbing efficiency and overall ability. Some climbers struggle to climb dynamically and like the feeling of being in control, while others insist on doing every move dynamically. Both techniques are beneficial for certain moves and can hold you back on other moves. Join us to learn all about the ups and down of dynamic and static climbing – and get practice at both!


Friday June 16th, 6:30-8:30pm

Friday August 18th, 6:30-8:30pm