Learn to Rock Climb

Course Info

Learn to rock climb with the OAC at Cragmont Park in the Berkeley Hills.


This introduction to outside rock climbing in the cliffs and crags in the Berkeley Hills is a great way to develop climbing skills on real rock. First timer and beginner climbers will be introduced to rock climbing in this great outdoor environment.


This Outdoor Adventure Club activity is designed as an introduction to the exciting sport of outdoor rock climbing — an adventure that delivers great fun, beautiful scenery, as well as physical and mental stimulation. There’s nothing like the exhilaration of working your way up a rock face, then rappelling down like you’re dancing on the walls.


The Trip:

This is a "Learn As You Play" adventure. Our professional guides will cover equipment, terminology, safety, basic climbing, belaying, and footwork. Then, everyone gets on the rock to climb! Group size will be limited to a maximum of 6, so early sign up is advised. The trip lasts from 8:30 am to approximately 4:30 pm.


The trip will also be rewarding for people who have climbed indoors and are ready to take it outside. There are great crack and face climbs rated from 5.5 to 5.11. Learn how to trust your feet, do laybacks, hand jams, and for some, just get up the wall!


OAC climbing guides do more than just set top ropes. They coach you, encourage you when you need it, and help you develop better climbing technique.


Why climb with the Outdoor Adventure Club?
In a word, or four, we are professional guides. Whether you are with Duane, Richard, Heather or Keegan, you are spending the day with a guide trained by the American Mountain Guides Association, and certified as Wilderness First Responders. Unlike some "adventure" groups, we don't contract out our climbing. We are your guides. Our focus is not only on taking you out and letting you climb, but setting up the safest climbing situations, and teaching you in a very patient, supportive and friendly manner. Besides safety, OAC guides are knowledgeable of the climbing scene, and eager to help you develop your climbing skills.


Want information on all of our rock climbing trips? Check out our full Rock Climbing Program.


Specific driving directions for the trip will come with your confirmed reservation.



  • A day of professionally guided rock climbing
  • Professional guides trained by the American Mountain Guides Association
  • All gear including climbing shoes, harness, belay devices, helmets
  • A carpool list so you can arrange rides to the trip

You'll need to bring:

A recommended gear list will come with your confirmed reservation, but you should generally be prepared with the following:

  • Clothes appropriate for the weather (avoid wearing cotton)
  • Appropriate footwear to hike to the climbs
  • 2 liters of water
  • A small daypack to hold your water and spare clothing layer


Ultimate Members: FREE

Standard Members: $89

Non-members: $119