The Warrior’s Way

Falling & Commitment Clinic w/Madaleine Sorkin

Sunday, February 27th 3:00pm – 7:00pm ENROLL HERE or stop by the BRC Front Desk or call 303.447.2804.

Premium: All participants will receive a free laminated reminder card, a reference pdf on all exercises and FREE follow-up lessons.

Investment: $119

You’ll learn:

  • To fall safely
  • To give a cushioned belay
  • To distinguish between no- and yes-fall zones
  • How to engage no- and yes-fall zones
  • To break a climb into smaller risk events
  • Better risk assessment
  • How to rest effectively
  • To improve breathing
  • To trust the body
  • To create flow and momentum
  • To commit more deliberately
  • To reduce fear


  • Minimum 6 months climbing experience
  • Climb a minimum of 5.9 in the gym without falling or hanging
  • Being able to lead climb is not required, however, if students want to lead during the clinic they must get lead certified at the gym PRIOR to the clinic date.


  • For climbers who rope climb
  • Some exercises are on toprope; some are on lead
  • Instructor will determine which students can lead based on our risk matrix and whether or not students are lead certified at the gym.

Student goals:

  • Improve commitment
  • Diminish fear of falling

Equipment Needed:

  • Harness, shoes, and belay device. A helmet is recommended, if you have one

About Madaleine

Madaleine Sorkin is obsessed with climbing high off the ground, in the company of friend and lots of airy exposure.  Featured in the book Women Who Dare, and described as “the real deal,”  Madaleine is an elite free climber of America’s biggest walls having freed multi-day routes up to 5.13+ on El Capitan in Yosemite and the 5.13 Hallucinogen Wall of the Black Canyon. She has made several first bold ascents of Grade IV climbs in remote areas and often in female teams, such as Kyrgyzstan (FFA La Fiamma 5.12c R, Russian Tower, Ak Su Valley) and the NW Territories of Canada (FFA of Women At Work section of Original Route, 5.12 R).

 Looking back at any achievement, Madaleine notes how attainable a goal becomes once able to understand how to work with the doubts and other emotions that arise while staying committed to the climb.  At the heart of her climbing is need for as much time as possible outside and a passion for the partnerships, inspirations, struggle and humor that make the pursuit meaningful.  As a climbing coach and guide, Madaleine is passionate about in meeting the climber in their learning zone, supporting them to identify an appropriate goal and build the necessary mental fitness and technical skills to pursue it.

Kate Rutherford and Madaleine Sorkin climbing FreeRider (VI 5.12+), El Cap, Yosemite, CA