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Crack Climbing

  • Planet Granite 1405 Northwest 14th Avenue Portland, OR, 97209 United States (map)

Are you a sport climber who would like to venture into traditional terrain but the cracks get in the way? Are you a traditional climber that would like to add new skills to their arsenal and/or improve efficiency? Or would you like to try out crack climbing for the first time? This clinic will teach the most important movement in traditional climbing. A hint on a few of the skills to be covered: varying hand/finger techniques, how to jam without pain, new footwork concepts, and tricks for efficiency.

Prerequisite: Basic Rock Climbing Skills

Location Requirement: If you haven’t previously climbed at Planet Granite, you will need to fill out their liability waiver and watch a short video. You can do this entire process ahead of time by going here. This process takes about 15 minutes. We highly recommend doing this before the clinic.

Required gear: Harness, belay device, carabiner, climbing shoes

Instructor: John Barkhausen

Tuition: $45

Max. Class Size: 10

About John

Over the last 10 or so years, John has been turning a passion for exploring wild places and meeting new and exciting people into a lifelong pursuit and sustainable career. This adventure has has given him the opportunity to guide a variety of activities all over the country and internationally, and teach groups of all ages how to climb, kayak, ice climb, ski, camp, and even ride a bike for the very first time. On his own adventures, he heads into the mountains in search of clean, remote, and secluded lines to either climb or ski (depending on the season). He is currently based in Portland, Oregon, and works as the Education Program Coordinator for the Mazamas.

AMGA Certified Rock Instructor
AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor
Avalanche Level 1 and 2