Trad Climbing Clinic

Ratio:up to 4:1
Length:1 day

Private prices are per-person, per day.

Prices are per-person, per day
1 climber    $435
2 climbers  $235
3 climbers  $175
4 climbers  $140

Dates:Custom, private dates are available year-round
Season:Spring, Summer and Fall

Trad climbing is at the heart of independent climbing. There is nothing more fundamental to the nature of climbing, than starting on the ground and working your way up a rock face, placing fall protection as you climb. Doing so requires total confidence in your gear – meaning where and how to place it in the rock.

If you are eager to step off of the known bolt-lines, and quest up crack systems with a higher level of self-reliance, this clinic is your next step.

During this clinic we focus on efficiently using a variety of types of gear. You’ll practice placing cams,nuts and other removable protection. You’ll also learn and practice several methods for connecting individual pieces of pro to create multi-point anchors.

In addition to these hard skills, you’ll receive mentorship on the more subtle aspects of trad climbing. These soft-skills include, route selection, finding efficient stances, managing rope-drag, belaying difficult leads, and choosing belay locations.

Don't know What to Sign Up for?

Interested in a trip? Call us today to get started on your trip reservation. We will take the time to place you on the expedition that is a fit for you.

(541) 633-7450

"Ben from Smith Rock Climbing is awesome. Was impressed at how great he was with our kids, creating an amazing first climbing experience for them."

Rory D.
Seattle, WA

"We did a family climbing trip to Smith Rock State Park with this outfit and had a fantastic time. Aaron was our guide and was incredibly patient, encouraging, and skilled with us and our three kids ages 12, 10, & 8. All the equipment was provided and we felt very safe. It was a very positive experience for us and we enjoyed a great day at the crags. Don't miss a chance to climb this spectacular park. Well worth it !"

Alfie C.
Portland, OR

"I have climbed twice with them at Smith Rock, and both times have been outstanding. Cliff is a great guide and a blast to spend a day with. I highly recommend them to anyone looking to climb out there, or on Hood."

Eric S.
Portland, OR

Know Before You Go


To join this course, climbers should already be experienced belayers, and have a background in either leading sport climbs, or following multipitch routes. These skills can be aquired independently or through other guided courses.

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