WinterFest 2024 Clinics

Winterfest 2024

Agenda

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Registration

12:00 PM – 6:00 PM Clinics and Climbing

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Evening Social

Our afterparty will start at 6pm, with a pizza party. The GCC will give an update on it’s current projects like the Antlion crag before raising the curtain on our area premiere of the Global Climbing Film Tour – a short film collection sure to get you stoked on the coming climbing season.

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Admission Tickets

First you will need either a General Admission Ticket or Evening Program ticket. General Admission tickets include 2 add-on clinics, climbing gym access, and evening social event (pizza party and Climbing Film Tour). After you get your General Admission Ticket, you can register 2 clinics – many have limited capacity and sell out quickly! Since there is a ticket limit for clinics, best that each individual purchases their own tickets.

Evening Program Tickets are ONLY for the pizza party and Climbing Film Tour at 6-9pm

  • GCC WinterFest General Admission: $55.20 includes ticketing fees
  • GCC WinterFest General Admission for Gravity Vault Members: $46.65 includes ticketing fees
  • Evening Program Only: Climbing Film Tour 2024: $28.52 includes ticketing fees.

Add-on Clinics (Choose Only 2)

Many clinics have very small class sizes and will sell out quickly. Please only register for 2 classes after selecting your General Admission ticket and pay attention to the time and duration so they don’t overlap. 

  • 12pm What if Things go Sideways? (1hr) – SOLD OUT
    What happens if you drop your belay device? Or forget your anchor building material? Or encounter the unexpected when you’re more than half a ropelength out? Join Rise Outside’s Alan Kline for a masterclass on handling the unexpected challenges of trad climbing
  • 12pm How to be a Good Second (90min)
    Join Dr. Richard Goldstone for a reprise of his sold-out acclaimed clinic at prior GCC Gunks Climbers festivals. We’ll talk about personal gear, belaying, choss management, cleaning gear, belay transitions, rappelling, getting yourself out of jams, expedition mentality, and maybe just a touch about evaluating potential leaders. Prerequisites: The intended audience for this clinic is climbers who are transitioning from gym or sport climbing to multipitch trad climbing and who want to know more about the skills involved in competent trad seconding. There will be some value if you’ve never climbed outside, but some of the discussion may seem obscure.
  • 12pm Sport Leading (2hrs) – SOLD OUT
    Ready to get going with the sharp end? Join EMS’ Franz Buzawa in this intro to sport leading class covering safety, technique, gear, and all the skills you need to get the rope off the ground.
  • 12pm Knots and Hitches (2hrs)
    Alexis Krauss from Rise Outside will be offering 2 hours of ropework mastery focused on knots and hitches. Covered bends will include but knot (see what we did there) be limited to: figure-8, figure-8 on a bight, clove and munter hitches, 1-handed knots, and anchor knots.
  • 12pm All About Top Down Belaying (2hrs)
    Join Aaron Snider from EMS in this top-down class on belaying from above. Aaron will walk you through belay device options, safety techniques and ways to make your belaying more efficient. A must for any leader looking to solidify their belay techniques.
  • 1pm Self Rescue (2 hrs) – SOLD OUT
    You lead the pitch, but your partner is having some trouble… This clinic will focus on self rescue skills to assist the seconds on single to multipitch routes. To make the most of the clinic, it would be extremely helpful if you practice/learn the following prior to attending: Munter Hitch, Mule Hitch, Prussik. A gear list will be sent out prior to the event. With Thad of Alpine Endeavors.
  • 1pm Women-Specific Leader Self-Rescue (2hrs) – SOLD OUT
    Join EMS’ Patty Lankhorst for this advanced self-rescue course for when you need to self-rescue while climbing, geared specifically towards women leaders. Patty will demonstrate and work hands-on to train rope-ascension using varied friction hitches, as well as methods to get yourself out of trouble while on the sharp end.
  • 1pm Falling and Commitment (2hrs) – SOLD OUT
    This training addresses falling directly to help improve commitment. We do progressive falling practice, followed by movement, breathing, resting, and body/mind awareness exercises. Students leave understanding how to take appropriate risks and how to commit to those risks. Climbing guide and educator Dustin Portzline brings nearly two decades of experience to this clinic as a licensed Warrior’s Way trainer.
  • 1pm Improvised Rappelling (2hrs) – SOLD OUT
    How to get down without your ATC. It isn’t over until you’re back in the parking lot, and retreat, especially when hasty, can be a stressful thing. If weather comes in or an accident happens things can feel intense – drop your ATC and things start to get serious. EMS’ Eric Waldron will guide you through how to get down safely when accidentally separated from your rappel device.
  • 1:30pm Top Belay Management (1hr) – SOLD OUT
    Top-managed belay systems can introduce another level of accident potential, and a number of fatalities have been reported because of improper practice. Join Alan from Rise Outside guides for an introduction to a few belay devices and how to use them to top belay, including the grigri, ATC guide, and munter hitch. Includes how to raise and lower your second with each device.
  • 2pm Cams: From Soup to Nuts (90min)
    Cams With Dr. Richard Goldstone. This clinic aims to discuss all aspects of cams. There’s a touch of history, a smidgen of theory, an illustrated review of failure modes, and some practical guidelines for placements. Richard will try to illuminate how not to do things as well as how to do them.
  • 3pm The Climber’s Success Cycle (1hr)
    Climbing involves a finite number of tasks, with infinite opportunities for application in the real world. How will you find clarity in every stage of your climbing journey? Climbing guide and educator Dustin Portzline presents a system to help you define your goals, make a plan, gain experience, and optimize your results. This is a conversation, not a presentation, so bring questions and plan to participate with your peers.
  • 3pm Anchor Building/Cleaning Skills (2hrs) – SOLD OUT
    With Alexis Krauss from Rise Outside. Anchor building skills for single and multi-pitch environments. Anchor cleaning skills and transitions.
  • 3pm Anchoring Fundamentals (2hrs) – SOLD OUT
    Join Franz Buzawa from EMS for this fundamentals class on all things anchor building. From equalization techniques to load forces, backups to redirects, Franz will help unpack one of the most intimidating factors of being a gear leader.
  • 3pm Pre-climb Routines (2hrs)
    Aaron Snider from EMS Guides will help bring you to the perfect sending state with a focus on preclimbing routines. This class focuses on physical and mental prep, and will help you put some intention behind your climbing day.
  • 3pm PSAR with Mohonk Preserve Ranger (1hr)
    Mohonk Preserve Deputy Chief Ranger Dan Cassidy and Ranger Alan Kline will talk over the MP’s strategy for their bespoke Preventative Search and Rescue program. Come learn about how you can help the rangers in their efforts to prevent climbing accidents.
  • 4pm Safe Rappelling Skills (2hrs) – NEW!
    Learn the common ways to back yourself up while rappelling, and learn some alternative ways to rappel in case you don’t have an ATC style device. With Mike Rawdon, guide for Alpine Endeavors.
  • 4pm Women-Specific Partner Rescue (2hrs) – SOLD OUT
    Join EMS’ Patty Lankhorst for this advanced self-rescue course for leaders, geared specifically towards women leaders. Here we will cover techniques that include escaping the belay, 3:1 hauling, and adding mechanical advantage to a 3:1 – all using the tools you’d normally have on your harness.
  • 4pm Crack Technique (2hrs) – SOLD OUT
    Ask a gunkie to climb a 5.10 handcrack and they’ll turn it into a 5.12+ face climb. Join GCC board member and crack technician Chris Vultaggio for a 2hr session on crack climbing. We’ll start with making tape gloves, so come armed with a roll of 2″ climbing tape, then we will get wrist-deep into technique with the gym cracks. This clinic will focus mostly on hand crack, but will we wander over to the offwidth crack to work some stacking techniques.
  • 4pm The Climber’s Success Cycle (1hr)
    Climbing involves a finite number of tasks, with infinite opportunities for application in the real world. How will you find clarity in every stage of your climbing journey? Climbing guide and educator Dustin Portzline presents a system to help you define your goals, make a plan, gain experience, and optimize your results. This is a conversation, not a presentation, so bring questions and plan to participate with your peers.
  • 4pm How to Haul Your Partner up the Route (2hrs) 
    EMS’ Eric Waldron will walk you through how to assist your partner up the route when they must make it to the belay. Multiple hauling systems will be covered in this partner rescue clinic – providing knowledge that can be a literal lifesaver in multipitch environments.
  • 430pm Broadening Anchor & Belay Options (90min) – SOLD OUT
    With Dr. Richard Goldstone. Rope-only Strategies and More. This hands-on clinic covers clove hitchology, optimal approaches to anchoring with just the rope, considerations involved in belay stance and plaquette deployment, and uses of the Munter hitch for remote anchoring and belaying. It is meant as a supplement and alternative to the more conventional cordelette and sling-based strategies, which have their place but are not always the best approach for trad anchoring once you’re off the bolted path.
  • 5pm Emergency First Response with MP Rangers (1hr)
    You’re out climbing and witness an accident – now what? Learn how to be arguably the most important part of the emergency response system as the first responder on scene. From techniques to stabilize a patient to the order of operations (call 911, CPR, clear the trail, etc.) you can help strengthen the climbing community with this important toolkit of knowledge.

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