Women’s Trad Climbing Weekend

A weekend of trad-focused clinics, conversations and climbing,
taught by and for climbers who identify as women.

 
 
 
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Climbing Education for Women

Why women-specific training?

Every time we offer womens-only events, the consensus is consistent: Climbing with a group of women feels different somehow. Powerful. Open. Safe. Inspiring. Our female instructors climb with guys all the time and enjoy it, but it’s difficult not to notice the special quality of womens-only training. So we’ve set aside time for a weekend of climbing, training and festivities for the first time this year.

Bringing climbers of all abilities together for a weekend of learning, connection, and growth is our goal. To enable this we are fully catering the weekend and hope that everyone will join us at the campground for fun and educational events and presentations after climbing.

 

Nutshell Summary

  • Where | Devil's Lake State Park
  • Dates | Fri 7/5 - Sun 7/7
  • Who | Women with at least some climbing experience
  • Cost | Variable
  • Options | Clinics, Camp, Climb
 
 
 

 

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Schedule
Here's What We'll Do While the schedule is a work in progress, our weekend will look something close to this.
Friday
4:00 PM Registration & Camp Set-up
6:00 PM Dinner Available
7:30 PM Welcome & Logistics
8:00 PM Presentation
9:00 PM Campfire & Hangout
Saturday
6:30 AM Breakfast & Assemble Lunch
7:30 AM Clinics Meet & do Introductions
8:00 AM Clinics Leave
4:00 PM Clinics Arrive Back
4:00 PM Free Time or Campground Challenges
5:30 PM Dinner
7:00 PM Mini-Clinics
9:00 PM Fireside Story Telling
10:00 PM Hang-Out
Sunday
7:00 AM Breakfast & Assemble Lunch
8:00 AM Clinics Meet & Introductions
8:30 AM Clinics Leave
4:30 PM Clinics Arrive Back
4:30 PM Break Camp & Depart
 
 
 

 

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Clinics

All clinics are full-day affairs (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM). All students are encouraged to bring their own personal gear (helmets, harnesses, shoes), though we can supply limited equipment for those who need it.

Saturday Clinics

Anchors I
Learn the concepts to anchor building and get in plenty of practice with direct feedback from your instructor. You will gain an understanding of the route finding, safety practices, materials, techniques, and physics concepts that go into safe and dependable anchors. Lot's of anchor practice but little climbing; some climbing experience needed.

Anchors II
Learn the ins and outs of placing traditional gear and solidify your knowledge and comfort with anchor building concepts from Anchors 1. You will build safe and dependable anchors with direct feedback from your instructor. There will be little climbing;anchor building experience is needed.

Gaining Confidence on Lead
Learn technical and mental skills and strategies to be more confident and confident on lead. You will spend the day climbing and practicing these new skills while mock leading with feedback. Trad lead experience is required.

Introduction to Traditional Lead Climbing
Make the transition from top-rope climbing or following to leading with traditional protection. Learn about placing and removing traditional protection and skills and strategies of lead climbing. Climbing and belaying experience is required.

Sunday Clinics

Anchors II
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Introduction to Traditional Lead Climbing
Make the transition from top-rope climbing or following to leading with traditional protection. Learn about placing and removing traditional protection and skills and strategies of lead climbing. Climbing and belaying experience is required.

Multi-Pitch Efficiency
Learn the standard improvements that increase the efficiency (and speed) of your multi-pitch climbing day. Also learn to identify other areas where you may be losing time. There will be a lot of situational practice, anchor building, and some climbing. Multi-pitch climbing experience is required, a partner is not required.

Introduction to Traditional Multi-pitch Climbing
Multi-pitch climbing requires the combination of many skills like top-belaying, rappelling, and anchor building. Learn or solidify the individual skills and how to apply they in multi-pitch climbing scenarios. There will be a lot of practice and a some climbing. 

 
 
 

 

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Instructor Team
 
 
 

 

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Weekend Options

Women's Trad Climbing Weekend
from 125.00

Choose two, one or no clinics. All options include camping and meals for the weekend at Wheeler’s Campground, just outside Devil’s Lake State Park.

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A La Carte Clinics

A La Carte Clinic
200.00

Choose a Saturday or Sunday clinic without the super fun community camping/meals component.

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