Big Wall/ Aid Climbing Clinic with
Chris McNamara - Big wall speed climber, Extreme BASE Jumper, Author.
Where: Marin County
When: June 2nd, 9am-1pm
About Chris: Chris has climbed El Capitan over 70 times and holds nine big wall speed-climbing records. In 1998 Chris did the first Girdle Traverse of El Capitan (side to side), an epic 75-pitch route that begs the question, "Why?" Outside Magazine has called Chris one of "the world's finest aid climbers." He is currently writing a book on how to most efficiently and quickly climb Big Walls.
This clinic will be an amazing opportunity to learn first hand the tips and tricks that Chris has picked up from hundreds of days of climbing and living on big walls. In this course you will learn the basics to smooth and efficient aid climbing. Chris will explain and demonstrate techniques and you will practice and receive coaching. The clinic will include instruction and advice on the following topics:
- Smoothly transition from piece to piece
- Jug low versus steep angle terrain
- Recommend gear for the most streamline big wall experience
- Bad habits to avoid
- Next step recommendations to train for faster big wall ascents
- Question and answer session
Must be familiar with basic traditional gear placements (nuts and cams), familiar with lead climbing, multi-pitch climbing, anchoring, and basic aid climbing concepts.
This course is intended for traditional multi-pitch climbers who aspire to climb big walls and want to learn the best techniques to facilitate an enjoyable, efficient, and successful big wall experience or beginner to intermediate big wall climbers who are looking to learn techniques to shave time off their next ascent.
Preregistration is required to attend this event. To register, please contact our Guide Service Coordinator at our Larkspur location.