Mad Sensei Performance Camps

Become More Confident Leading Sport & Trad with Less Mental Stress

Designed for the experienced climber dedicated to meeting their performance edge, Madaleine Sorkin and Justen Sjong (see bios) bring you these multi-day Mental Fitness Camps.  One sport camp and one trad camp, the instruction focuses on gaining confidence in your redpoint and onsight ability.






Course Details


Goals of the Program

  • Gain experience performing at your edge of comfort.
  • Apply redpointing and onsighting coaching tips.
  • Gain confidence in your ability with a supportive and professional environment.
  • Make a stronger connection to your climbing partner and express your needs.
  • Practice appropriate responses to challenging situations and behaviors that help you to climb more playfully and with positive mental energy.
  • Express your personality on the wall and embody a more balanced climbing style (e.g. masculine/ feminine).
  • Get to know your superpower! We will cover the pro's and con's of each superpower.
  • Learn how best to use the climbing gym and make each trip outside lead you in a direction of growth.
  • Learn to train with a more holistic approach than simply gaining physical strength.


Trad:  Participants should be experienced trad climbers interested in pushing their redpoint and onsight abilities.

Sport:  Participants should be comfortably leading sport climbs outdoors.

Not sure if these camps are right for you? Please call the CMS office at 303-447-2804 or contact Madaleine directly!


Sport: 2 Days 1 Evening; Trad: 3 Days 1 Evening

Maximum Ratio:


Minimum Age:

Please call to register participants under 18

Price includes & Excludes:

Price Includes:  Individualized instruction with Certified AMGA Rock Guide Madaleine Sorkin and nationally recognized Climbing Coach Justen Sjong, instructional presentations and slideshows, and lots of time applying skills on the rock.

Each participant will receive a free CAMP harness and set of quickdraws (sport camp) or carabiner rack pack (trad camp)

Price Excludes:  Food, water and lodging;  participants will be driving/carpooling to crag each day.

Meeting location:

Boulder Rock Club
2829 Mapleton Ave
Boulder, CO 80301


Justen Sjong

Justen Sjong on The Free Muir 5.13c El Capitan, Yosemtie NP CAFrom establishing the “hardest free big wall” in the world to coaching some of the most successful climbers of their time, Justen Sjong has made his mark in the sport of climbing over the past 25 years of his career. Dubbed ‘The Sensei’ by Climbing Magazine in 2006, Justen continues to help athletes from around the world push their limits. While others seem to approach climbing training with only physical strength in mind, Justen specializes in a holistic approach to seeing performance improvements. From evaluating movement through video analysis and in-person sessions to providing laser-focused training plans that focus on specific skill weaknesses, Justen firmly believes in addressing the entire spectrum of climbing performance: Strength, Mind, and Skill. Justen’s approach isn’t for the faint-hearted. Climbing Sensei coaching programs are geared towards advanced and elite climbers alike looking to realize the impossible in their respective discipline.  Learn more about what The Sensei has done and can do for you at

Madaleine Sorkin

Madaleine is an elite big wall free climber inspired to continually engage her next big wall and coach climbers to meet theirs. She has established difficult free climbs from California to Kyrgyzstan, redpointing traditional routes at 5.13+ on 35-pitch routes on El Capitan in Yosemite and the Diamond of Longs Peak, Colorado at 14,000 feet. Looking back at any achievement or failure, Madaleine sees her ability to stay committed to a climb as linked to her ability to attend to her emotional and physical body and select appropriate responses to each arising challenge. Madaleine is a certified Rock Guide through the American Mountain Guides Association.  Follow Mad's adventures at

Equipment List:

Required Equipment

  • Harness, helmet, rock shoes, chalk bag, belay device
  • Double-length runner, locking carabiners, etc!
  • Backpack (35 liters or more)
  • Appropriate Clothing (Spring temps which can be warm, cool & wet all in a single day.)
  • Food & 2L Water for the day.
  • Notebook, pen or pen, iPad (Optional - Can record and analyze your performance)

Sport Specific:  Quickdraws

Trad Specific:  Rack (ideally, double set), extendable slings and quickdraws

Sample Itinerary:


Friday, April 7:  5 PM - 8 PM:  BRC Session; meet & greet, climbing
Saturday, April 8:  8 AM - 5 PM:  Interactive presentation by Justen, outdoor climbing, evening slideshow by Madaleine
Sunday, April 9:  8 AM - 4 PM:  Outdoor climbing


Thursday, May 4:  5 PM - 8 PM:  BRC Session; meet & greet, climbing
Friday, May 5:  8 AM - 5 PM:  Interactive presentation by Justen, outdoor climbing
Saturday, May 6:  8 AM - 5 PM:  Outdoor climbing, evening slideshow by Madaleine
Sunday, May 7:  8 AM - 4 PM:  Outdoor climbing


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