Sunday, January 26 Clinics

Please call to book your reservation in a clinic!  We want to speak with you and make sure you are getting exactly what you want.  Call Petra Cliffs Climbing Center: (802) 657-3872 or toll free: 866-65-PETRA.

The meeting location for clinics will be the Smugglers’ Notch Inn and Tavern in Jeffersonville, VT between 8:30-9am; clinics start at 9am. Demo equipment will be available after 8am. 

Clinic participants may demo gear free of charge including boots, crampons, ice axes, helmets, harnesses, gloves from Outdoor Research and jackets from Mammut.  An additional welcome packet and packing list will be sent upon clinic registration.

Women’s Ice Climbing -

Time: 9am – 3:30pm
Cost: $130

This women’s only clinic is perfect for beginner to intermediate climbers.  Learn the basics of how to climb ice using crampons and ice axes, incorporating balance, movement, footwork, and good axe swings.  Spend the day climbing varying angles of ice, learning how to rest, stay warm, and tackling any mental barriers.   No experience necessary, but those with experience who just want a day to climb with other women are welcome!

Introduction to Ice Climbing -

Time: 9am – 3:30pm
Cost: $130

Get into the exhilarating winter sport of ice climbing!  No climbing experience necessary.  Learn how to walk in crampons, swing an ice axe, and climb in an exciting new realm.

Smuggs Alpine Climbing -

Time: 9am – 3:30pm
Cost: $150

Smuggler’s Notch is an alpine playground.  Climb with a guide using a variety of snow traveling and ice climbing skills in gullies and multi-pitch terrain.

Climbers must have previous experience ice climbing up to WI 3, rappelling, and following multi-pitch rock or ice climbs.  Please be prepared for a strenuous day of traveling through deep snow and withstanding cold and wind.

Skill Building: Using Double Rope Techniques -

Time: 9am – 3:30pm
Cost: $135

Make your ropes work for you.  The use of double ropes is a great asset in the alpine environment and mastering their use can greatly improve your ability to tackle bigger and more complex routes.  Join this clinic to discover how much more you can do with double ropes and learn how to make your ropes work for you.
  • advantages of doubles and the limitations of single ropes
  • myths about doubles
  • fall dynamics
  • strategies / thinking ahead
  • complex route problems: traverses, pendulums, overhangs
  • belaying
  • transitions
  • rappelling

Prerequisite:  Some leading experience and knowledge of ice screw placement and anchor setups.  Activities will involve lead climbing on a variety of terrain.

Introduction to Mixed Climbing -

Time: 9am – 3:30pm
Cost: $130

Mixed climbing is growing in popularity as new technical tools allow climbers to (more easily) climb steep, overhanging terrain and transfer from rock to ice, and back to rock.  Learn or refine your mixed climbing skills in a top-rope environment.  Focus on evaluating a good tool placement, using solid footwork, climbing efficiently, and developing a new skill set with a variety of mixed-specific techniques.  Prerequisites: Previous rock climbing and ice climbing experience.

Learn to Lead (Two-Day Clinic) -

Time: 9am – 4pm Saturday & Sunday
Cost: $300

Are you a top-rope master and you’d like to open up a new world of possibilities?  Learn to lead on ice, place ice screws, use terrain features, build anchors, and evaluate your gear.

Book a Private Guide –

Do you have a specific objective in mind?  Booking a private guide will allow the focus of your day to be fully customized.
$225 (please call to reserve; availability may be limited)


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