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Youth Climbing

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

Learning the fundamentals of rock climbing can be intimidating, let alone in front of your peers. This 3-hour clinic will teach fundamentals of rock climbing and teach youth how important peer support is. You’ll learn how to problem solve climbing movement and walk away with a solid base skill set of rock climbing and a new climbing partner. For those who are more experienced in climbing, you will also have the opportunity to tackle crack climbing techniques.

Requirement: Willing to have fun and learn.

Ages: 9–14

Instructor: Dawn Glanc & Marcus Garcia

Tuition: $45

Optional Gear: If you have your own harness, belay device, and rock shoes, please bring them; if you don’t, not to worry! There will be harnesses and shoes available.

Note to parents: This is critical! A parent/guardian MUST sign the waiver for the child participating within 30 days of the clinic. If the parent/guardian will not be present (i.e. a friend is dropping the child off), you MUST send a photocopy of your government issued photo identification (for signature verification) with your child. Please read the waiver and rules here. We don’t want your kid to not be able to participate once they arrive, so PLEASE heed these rules of our partner organization. If you have questions about this part of the process, please contact Planet Granite directly and they can assist you.

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About the Instructors

Dawn Glanc, pronounced “glance”, came to Ouray, sight unseen, in December of 2005. Today Dawn is a full time resident and guide in Ouray. Dawn is certified by the American Mountain Guides Association as a Rock Guide and Alpine Guide. Her speciality is ice and mixed climbing and she has competed in competitions around the world, including a 1st place finish at the Ouray Ice Festival in 2009 and 2011, and a first place finish at the Teva Winter Games in 2012. Dawn also enjoys working with youth groups and she has helped many young climbers learn the joy of climbing.


Marcus Garcia has over 25 years of  all-around climbing, and has established over 200 new routes, including everything from traditional, sport, Clean aid first ascents and mixed climbing to big walls and desert towers. However, his biggest accomplishment and legacy is not how hard he can push himself, but what he passes on to the next generation of climbers as a coach and mentor. As lead coach for youth Team USA Ice Climbing, Marcus is helping develop the next generation of Olympic Caliber athletes.  

Earlier Event: November 17
Portland Ice Comp
Later Event: November 18
Intro to Lead Climbing