Seen some karate chopping hand-jamming in Yosemite, tried some tricky fingerlocks in Ailladie or been amazed by how anyone can climb up soaring crack lines anywhere at all? This clinic is an overview of crack climbing delivered by a true crack climbing ninja. You will get to discuss and practise different jamming techniques, grading systems, cam sizes, foot jams, shoe choice, taping, and of course lots of applying it to real rock!
Experience Requirements: open to any crack climbing level, but you must have previous outdoor climbing experience to understand basic climbing vocabulary.
Gear Requirements: you must have your own climbing shoes, helmet, harness. But feel free to bring all the climbing gear you own!
Doolin Boulder Fest
Imagine: tea/coffee, chats, laughter, sea spray, split fingertips (well, hopefully not!), super beta, girl power and all with a superb view of the Atlantic Ocean. If this sounds like a dream, then this workshop is for you! Together with three bouldering coaches you will spend the whole day climbing beautiful limestone boulders with a really psyched and diverse team. This workshop is for those crushers who would like to get some advice and tips on movement, technique and tactics, and navigating a boulder field, guidebook reading, selecting problems to try, crashpad management, spotting and much more.
Experience Requirements: previous climbing experience is mandatory to get most out of this session as the good quality bouldering starts at F5/V1 grade.
Gear Requirements: you will need your own pair of climbing shoes for this workshop and lots (we mean lots) of chalk! Crash pads will be provided.
Conquer Your Mind
Working on your mindset is just as important as working on your physical climbing skills. Our mind is our worst enemy when it comes to uncomfortable climbing situations and can get in the way of achieving our goals. Join this workshop if you want to discover some of the key tools that can help you manage fear on the wall, deal with stressful situations or when fear arises, learn to recognise when you are out of your depth, learn how to predict a potential fall and catch a falling climber, and much more!
This course is aimed for trad climbers who are: Afraid of falling, Experience panic on the wall, Don't dare to climb past the previous placement without feeling anxious, Freeze in one place due to fear of the unknown, Say take or climb down instead of committing to the next move and potentially falling, Not sure how to safely belay for trad climbing without feeling stressed or worried
During this workshop you will alternate theory with practice. You will get exercises to do both on the wall and on the ground. Together with your peers and mindset coach you will work with reflections to get past your mental fears and blocks. Your mindset coach will safely guide you throughout the journey and will give you full support as you get to know yourself, your partner, build confidence in your gear and placements and get comfortable with judging different situations on the wall and start challenging yourself.
Experience Requirements: you must have previous trad climbing experience, be able to comfortably place trad gear, leading up to VS and seconding up to HVS.
Gear Requirements: you must have your own climbing shoes, harness, helmet, belay plate and sling. But feel free to bring all the climbing gear you own!
This workshop is for those gals who have climbed indoors (to any extent) and are curious to try outdoor rock climbing. Together with your instructor you will go through aspects of outdoor climbing such as what to bring with you, how to safely get to and from the crag, how to manage being at the crag, learn some basic skills such as tying in, belaying and most importantly: lots of climbing on real rock!. This is a great start to begin your outdoor climbing career!
Experience Requirements: you must have some prior indoor climbing experience.
Gear Requirements: you must have your own climbing shoes and harness. But feel free to bring all the climbing gear you own!
This workshop will teach you the skills necessary to get yourself out of a pickle! Your rescue-specialised instructor will bring you through the fundamentals of partner rescue, pulley systems, how to alert rescue services and lots more. This is a great workshop for those who have some trad climbing experience and want to work on their technical knowledge rather than physical climbing. You can never know enough about this subject, but it's definitely a great start!
Experience Requirements: previous trad gear and climbing experience is necessary for your own sake of understanding the content of the session.
Gear Requirements: you must have your own helmet, harness, belay plate, prusik, and a comfortable pair of approach shoes. But feel free to bring all the climbing gear you own!
Lead The Way
Have you perfected your top roping skills and are now ready for the next challenge? This workshop is for those who are eager to take the first step towards leading their first trad routes. Your fully qualified instructors will teach you the basics of trad lead climbing. You will look at assessing and selecting gear placements, identifying safe anchors, rope and stance management. You will learn where and how to place gear, move efficiently on the rock and how to choose the best line to climb. Here you will learn the necessary foundation tools to start ticking off that long list of trad projects - if you can silence the butterflies! Note: There will be no independent leading, all lead climbing will be on a backup system.
Experience Requirements: previous outdoor (trad or sport) climbing experience is essential (top or bottom roping). Must know how to top rope belay. Some knowledge of climbing gear (protection, slings, ropes, anchors etc) is beneficial too.
Gear Requirements: you must have your own climbing shoes, harness, helmet and belay plate. But feel free to bring all the climbing gear you own!
So you have climbed outdoors, perhaps you have done an outdoor climbing course or been shown the ins and outs of gear placements by a friend, but… what did they say about rigging a top rope again?! This workshop is for those who want to learn about the technical aspects of outdoor trad climbing or refresh their memory. With two very experienced instructors, you will review gear placements, practise thorough anchor building, learn how to set up top and bottom ropes, discuss route choice and route finding so you can learn how to safely head out by yourself. An ideal way to begin your journey of becoming an independent outdoor trad climber!
Experience Requirements: must have climbed outdoors before on top rope or seconding, and must know (at the minimum) how to tie into the rope and belay.
Gear Requirements: must have your own climbing shoes, harness, helmet, belay plate and climbing shoes. But feel free to bring all the climbing gear you own!
Loosen up those hard working climbing muscles with a Sunday morning Yoga flow! Our wonderful yoga teachers will provide a comfortable space for you to breathe, move and prepare your body and mind for the day ahead. This optional yoga session is available to anyone who purchases a ticket to the festival.
Experience Requirements: open to any level, from absolute beginners to more experienced yogis.
Gear Requirements: please bring your own yoga mat if you would like to avail of this session.