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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: $55

Max. Class Size: 10


About John

John is a guide and outdoor educator based here in Portland. He's a true mutli-discipline guide, having lead trips sea kayaking, rafting, hiking, backpacking, skiing, rock, climbing, mountaineering, and even snow shoeing. Currently, he focuses on teaching skills to aspiring outdoors people, including backcountry skiing and avalanche safety, mountaineering and crevasse rescue, and rock climbing skills. He is also the Portland Program Director for Kaf Adventures, where he runs their Mt Hood Climbing program. When he's not outdoors, he is either building something or hanging out with his wife and new baby.

Pronouns: He/Him/His

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

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