June 17-18, 2023 | Snowbasin Resort | Huntsville, UT

Learn Rock Climbing Fundamentals With Cage Vigil At OAX

At Outdoor Adventure X Snowbasin Village, the professionally trained instructors of Weber State University’s (WSU) Outdoor Program will lead a Traditional (Trad) Climbing Clinic on the natural terrain of Snowbasin mountain, accessible via the Needles Gondola.  

The Trad Climbing Clinic, like all OAX education activities, is included in the OAX ticket or camping pass. The clinic is open to all attendees who want to learn the fundamentals of climbing, led by top pro-WSU Outdoor Program instructor, Cage Vigil. Sign-ups will open in May. 

Trad Climbing Skills: Placements, Anchors, Tactics

Have you always been intrigued by the traditional climbing protection hanging behind the counter at the gear store? Do you want to take your climbing into the mountains where you don’t have to follow a line of pre-drilled bolts to the anchor? Trad Skills clinic participants will learn about the different types of traditional protection available, when their use is appropriate, how to place them into the rock effectively, and how to build solid anchors. Necessary Equipment: Feel free to bring any cams, nuts, hexes, tricams, ballnuts, big-bros, bashies, or pitons that you have. They might not get used, but could add value to the discussion.

Necessary Equipment: All climbing equipment will be provided, however, feel free to bring any cams, nuts, hexes, tricams, ballnuts, big-bros, bashies, or pitons that you have if you’d like. They might not get used, but could add value to the discussion.

Meet Cage Vigil @cage_91 

Cage is a local Utahn, born and raised in Ogden. He is currently a senior in the Mechanical Engineering program at WSU. While studying at WSU, Cage has pursued and acquired professional-level education and licensure in Rock Climbing, Splitboarding, and Whitewater Rafting. Inspired by the commitment and dedication of these communities, Cage gives back through instruction, education, and volunteering. 

He loves to be outside, regardless of the conditions, activity, or setting, and sharing that passion with others is one of his favorite things. Cage is known for being restless. When he’s not studying, working, or training, he can be found spending time with his friends and his dog, outside. 

How were you introduced to the outdoors?

After my friend’s older brother took me top rope climbing, I was hooked – and today, this is still how I spend the majority of my time outdoors.

What is your favorite way to enjoy nature?

My favorite way to recreate outdoors is rock climbing.

Do you have a go-to trail snack or camp meal?

My go-to trail snack is a Twix bar.

If you had to pick one don’t-leave-home-without-it piece of kit, what would it be?

I never leave home without a 1-liter Nalgene.

Explore Additional Outdoor Clinics + Education

Outdoor Adventure X takes place June 17-18, 2023 at Snowbasin Resort in Huntsville, Utah.  An OAX ticket or camping pass includes access to all demos, clinics, and a full schedule of classroom-style education and roundtable discussions.

In addition to climbing clinics, Weber State Outdoor Programs instructors will host an Adaptive Climbing Demo and hiking and mountain bike clinics on-mountain at Snowbasin Village. The Outdoor Programs team will also teach Intro to Paddle Boarding and Intro to Kayaking Demos on Pineview Reservoir, a part of Lakeside Village at OAX. On-water programs will be taught on a come-and-go basis, accommodating the skill level and needs of each individual. All demos and clinics are open to all attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.  Sign-ups will open in May.