Stuck clipping bolts? Continually reading about stellar trad routes across the grand Sierra landscape? This is the course for you! Geared towards the advancing sport climber, our single pitch trad clinic teaches the skills needed to take on some of the amazing classics you’ve been eying, from Joshua Tree to the High Sierra.

This course will move you into the traditional climbing realm. You will learn how to use passive and active gear, different climber and belayer techniques, how to build and clean anchors, and descending techniques. Discussions will include trad climbing ethics and deciphering guidebooks.

Our ideal location in Bishop, CA offers the best granite crags in the eastern Sierra including Pine Creek Canyon, Rock Creek and Benton Crags, allowing for ideal and varied learning environments.



We value the professional training provided by the AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association) and your guides will be AMGA certified or involved in the certification process.


good-great-awesome mammoth-area-rock-climbsThe best guidebooks are “The Good, The Great and the Awesome” by Peter Croft or Mammoth Area Rock Climbs.
Get them from Maximus Press

We highly recommend that you spend at least one night at moderate altitude (higher than 8,000 feet) just prior to the trip. Spending a night in Mammoth would do the trick. Please refer to our Planning for Success info sheet for more info.

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