Rock Climbing I - Learn to Climb

Course Info


Never tried climbing before? Curious? Perhaps you’ve climbed a few times in a gym and want to try the real thing? Discover what outdoor rock climbing is all about in this 4-hour clinic designed for the beginning rock climber. No climbing experience is necessary. In our level 1 class, getting you up your first few rock climbs is the goal. Additionally, we’ll share the sense of adventure that drives our guides’ passion for the sport, and provide you with the most enjoyable first day of climbing possible. We’ll begin with a short introduction to climbing gear and safety that includes teaching basic commands and climber tie-in knots. Then we’ll spend the remainder of our time climbing!

This is a great opportunity to get exposure to outdoor climbing in a safe, supportive, fun and nurturing environment. We’ll take care of setting up the ropes and providing a safe, supportive environment for the beginning rock climber. You get to explore what it’s all about!

The combination of Introduction to Climbing 1 & Climbing 2 is the ultimate introduction to outdoor rock climbing. Depending on your previous experience and your level of interest in pursuing climbing as a new hobby, you may consider taking both classes on the same day. Alternatively, take Climbing 1 to try it out, and return soon if you’ve gotten hooked on climbing. Or, for the novice to “advanced beginner” gym climber with little or no belaying experience, jump straight to Climbing 2.

Dates Offered:
Clinics offered year-round, 3-5 times per month. For a complete list of dates, visit our:Activity Calendar.

Minimum Number Needed For Class: 2 People
Maximum Class Size: 10 People (Compare to other guides companies – MINIMUM of 8-10 needed for similar class – Adventure Out has the best guide to student ratio in the Bay Area!)

Your clinic includes:
Four hours of instruction. All your gear is included – climbing harness, climbing shoes, and all the necessary gear to rig a top rope (carabiners, ropes, webbing, cord, belay devices, etc)

Your packing list:
Flexible and comfortable clothing appropriate for the outdoors, stable footwear for a small amount of hiking. Lunch/Snack, water, and daypack to carry your personal items to the climbing area. Exact packing list will be provided upon registration.

Directions? Details? How do I sign up?
Clinics are held at Castle Rock State Park in Los Gatos, CA as well as Berkeley, CA. Castle Rock is located at 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos, CA – approximately 1.5 miles south of the Highway 9 and Skyline Blvd intersection on Skyline Blvd. Enter your party size below and click “Show Availability” to select class dates. Directions, exact maps, recommended packing lists, and other details will all be provided during the registration process.

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