Multi-Pitch Climbing Weekend

Longer multi-pitch climbing is where it is at for us! We love getting up high and the sense of commitment that comes with being hundreds of feet above the horizontal. This program continues our Rock II course and gives you more practice on longer multi-pitch routes and will really get you into the swing of being high off the ground as one pitch flows into the other.


We have selected two of the finest local climbs for this outing. One climb is out of Lone Pine at the end of the Whitney Portal road. The second is in the Bishop area above Cardinal Village just west of Bishop in the North Fork of Bishop Creek.



Our guides are American Mountain Guides Association trained so you can expect the highest level of climbing and safety knowledge combined with solid instructional skills and professionalism.

Equipment Required

Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for warm or cold, wet or dry weather, a sack lunch, sunscreen, sun hat, 2 quarts water, snacks, camera and film, and a daypack to carry it all.


We highly recommend that you spend at least one night at moderate altitude (higher than 8,000′) just prior to the trip. Spending a night in Mammoth would do the trick. Please refer to our Planning for Success info sheet for more info.

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Day 1

Premier Buttress at Whitney Portal is a great warm up and is rated 5.7 /A0. The A0 part means a short 20 foot bolt ladder through a steep slab where you can swing from bolt to bolt easily and then get back onto the rock as the angle eases off. Great climbing, perfectly framed views of Mt Whitney and oceans of white granite everywhere. The route is five pitches long and has an easy rappel route to a few feet away from our gear.

We plan to get done early enough to retire to the Portal Store where our friend Doug will feed you the best burger and fries in the Eastern Sierra.

Day 2

The blocky tower of Cardinal Pinnacle offers several great routes to choose from. The four pitch Regular Route is rated 5.6 and has a short, but stellar crack up high. A little harder is Red Bush with some technical hand jamming, but our favorite is the 5.9 West Face link-up. Local hardman Peter Croft popularized this route and hasn’t stopped raving about it since (But then every route Peter does is the best he has ever done). Each pitch has a little 5.9 on it. Not long and not sustained, but certainly enough to get you thinking and working. Finger cracks, perfect jams and wide stemming. About every type of climbing you can think of.

Program Prerequisites:

Rock II or equivalent and able to climb 5.8

Program Inclusions:

Price includes guiding, permits and all climbing gear. If you have your own equipment by all means bring it. We have rock shoes available. Local accommodation is not included in the program.

Please Read before you go

We feel the following information is essential... (links open as PDF in new window)

  1. Details, itinerary, and equipment list for your trip
  2. SMC Cancellation Policy
  3. Suggestions on preparation - get the most out of your trip!
  4. Tips on physical training for your trip
  5. LNT - Let's work together to protect our precious mountain environment.

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