Geared towards the advancing sport climber, our single pitch trad clinic will give you the skills to take on some of the amazing Sierra classics you’ve been eyeing. Learn how to place and remove passive and active gear, climber and belayer techniques, build and clean traditional and bolted anchors, and rappel and lower. We will also discuss trad climbing ethics and guidebook deciphering.

With: Arêt Basewear & Sierra Mountain Center

When: June 10-11th

What: Join Arêt Basewear and guiding company Sierra Mountain Center in a lady’s trad clinic! Participants will learn the ins and outs of trad climbing including gear type (active vs. passive), placing gear, anchor building, considerations while leading trad, and much more. Additionally, each participant will be gifted an Arêt Basewear Top to don during the clinic!

Where: Meeting point will be at Sierra Mountain Center’s Office located at 200 South Main St. Bishop, CA. From there guides will utilize surrounding crags for teaching.

Call SMC at 760-873-8526 to sign up today!


  • Location? Rock creek, Pine Creek, Benton
  • How far is approach?  5-25min depending on locale
  • What will I learn? (see below)
  • Itinerary? (see below)
  • Time? 7:30am-5pm


This course takes place at some of the best granite locales in the eastern Sierra in Pine Creek Canyon and Benton Crags, allowing for variable learning environments.



We will meet at our SMC office at 200 S Main St in Bishop, CA at 7:30am. After gearing up, the group will carpool to the crag.

Our main focus will be building on the basic climber/belayer foundation ensuring everyone is adept at lead climbing and belaying (both with plate style and assisted braking devices). Then we will focus on different types of active and passive gear: how to place, remove, and leading and following considerations. In a ground school, all will learn the various ways to construct an anchor on bolts and gear as well as the different cleaning methods depending on the anchor set-up. Participants will begin on mock leads until confidence is instilled in all parties. Discussion topics will include crag etiquette, reading guidebooks and on-line info, and variability with rock type and gear.


After meeting at 7:30am at Bishop’s fabulous local coffee shop, Black Sheep, we will head out to build upon and reinforce skills. This includes lead climbing and belaying, building confidence in what we’ve learned. Each participant will also build a trad anchor, clean a route at a bolted station, and rappel with the instructor.

This clinic is being hosted by the Sierra Mountain Center, in partnership with Arêt Basewear. For more information on SMC visit or call 760-873-8526

April 25, 2017 — Bridget Kilgallon

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