Climbing Technique


Take your climbing technique to the next level!  Expert coaching from your instructor will boost your performance on the rock! Safe climbing practices will be used and discussed throughout the day.

8 hours
October 4, 18  November 1, 15, 23, 29  December 13, 27, 30  January 2, 10, 17, 31


per student

Shoes, harness and helmet rentals available


The climbing technique class focuses on intermediate level climbing for people who have climbed before.  Learn smearing, edging, laybacking, stemming, jamming, foot matching, foot switching, and crossovers.

The pre-requisites for this course are that you know how to belay and how tie a figure-eight-follow-through.

The climbing techniques required for Joshua Tree are quite varied.  You can find steep edges, blank slabs, excellent friction, roofs with big huecos, pockets, cracks, and knobs.  Each situation demands a unique sequence of techniques in order to climb gracefully.

Your guide will model smooth climbing technique by staying in balance and using precise footwork.  They will coach you in real time as you  climb.  You will find that using the right technique can turn the impossible into the reasonable.

We emphasize safe climbing practices throughout the class. Join a discussion about loose rock concerns, proper use of the helmet,  belayer positioning, and ground anchors for upward pull.

We always check that we have “closed the system” by tying a knot in the end of the rope.  This prevents the belayer from lowering the climber off the end of the rope!

Your guide will teach a brief intro to anchor building (20-30 minutes).

Due to our guides’ wealth of knowledge and great teaching ability, your climbing will improve considerably after a single climbing technique class.  Plus you can climb uncrowded, high quality routes, even on busy weekends.  There’s an awful lot of rock climbs in Joshua Tree!

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