A few weeks ago I was invited to teach how to offwidth to the visitors of Smith Rock during an American Alpine Club community building event.
The events are called Craggin Classics and are meant to bring climbers together for clinics, climbing, and conservation.
It was a great time where I had the chance to work with climbers who wanted to learn basic traditional climbing skills and some that wanted a little bit of offwidth technique. We headed out to the basalt crack climbing area near the river and enjoyed a perfect day out. We placed gear, built anchors, talked safety and planning and climbed some too!
Don’t be afraid of these events! They are great fun and you get a super deal on the clinics. Whatever people paid (no more than 50$) the kind of training and one on one attention that you get during these clinics would cost you over a hundred bucks through anyone else.
I love sharing my experiences with other climbers and tips that make life easier on the wall. Whether it is gear beta or how to approach a long day. I wish that there were events like this bringing climbers together when I started climbing 20 years ago. It would have helped me a lot, as I had to learn the hard way to get to where I am today. (where ever that is, HA)
Get outside and have some fun!