Crack Climbing Clinic – Joshua Tree

$150.00 5 hours

Crack Climbing Clinic – Joshua Tree

$150 – five hours   6:00 am to 11:00 am  Beat the summer heat by climbing in the cool  morning shade.

July 20, 21

August 24, 25

max ratio 4 to 1 – minimum class size is 2.  If only one person signs up for the session, then private guiding rates apply – $250 per day.

  • Description


    Have you ever tried crack climbing and found it awkward, difficult, or painful?  Master trad climber Erik Kramer-Webb will show you how to use crack climbing techniques for efficient, comfortable movement on this mysterious form of climbing.

    Learn and practice: hand jams, fist jams, finger locks, ring locks, cupped hands, hand/fist stacks, foot jams, foot stacks, toe jams, heel-toe jams, arm bars, chicken wings, knee bars, and more!

    Practice crack climbing in a range of crack sizes from fingers to hands, to off-widths and chimneys. The focus will be on climbs in the 5.4 to 5.9 range, which sounds easy, but these climbs have stiff ratings. Minimum climbing fitness level for this class– 5.10c in the gym or 5.10b outdoor sport climbing.

    Many sport and gym climbers have failed at crack climbing at a level far below their normal grade.  A 5.9 crack can sometimes feel impossible to a 5.11 climber!  Often times the rating is blamed, when in fact it is a matter of good technique, not brute strength or power!

    We will show you how to make perfect tape gloves for better comfort while climbing cracks. We will also compare the pros and cons of using tape gloves vs rubber gloves such as the Ocun or Outdoor Research Splitter.

    Erik Kramer-Webb has been crack climbing since 1987, and it is his favorite style of climbing.  Some of his favorites are Epinephrine, Whodunnit, The Rostrum, The Good Book, Astroman, and Godzilla.

    One problem people have when crack climbing is laybacking too much.  Erik will show you how to jam your hands and feet for efficient movement.  Laybacking will drain your arm power quickly.  Jamming is far easier.  It will enable you to stand on your feet, resulting in less effort to climb the crack.

    You will learn how to quickly recognize which technique is best suited for the situation.  You may also discuss how to match a cam size to the size of the crack when leading trad climbs.

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