Women’s Gym to Crag Climbing

Have you been climbing a lot indoors and feel ready to move outside? This course is meant to bridge the gap between indoor and outdoor climbing, providing the knowledge and skills necessary to feel safe and comfortable in a new environment. We will cover climbing technique specific to the locations we go to each day along with reading a route outside, where the holds don’t usually stick out like they do in the gym. We will also talk about building and cleaning bolt anchors safely.

The large number of sport climbing crags in the Eastern Sierra make it possible to climb in a different location and on a different rock type each day. However, we will endeavor to be flexible and take into account the weather conditions, other climbers and your personal desires in choosing the day’s itineraryamerican_mountain_guides_association


We value the professional training provided by the AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association) and your guides will be AMGA certified or involved in the certification process.


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We highly recommend that you spend at least one night at moderate altitude (higher than 8,000 feet) 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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This course is meant to cover the basics of outdoor climbing, aimed at someone looking to start climbing outdoors with others and on their own. We will meet the first day in Bishop, then carpool to our location for the day.

Over the weekend, topics covered will include:
• Climbing specific warm up techniques.
• Footwork.
• Putting a route together.
• Visualization.
• Mental and physical training for sport climbing.
• Equipment selection.
• Anchor construction and its safe usage.
• And, of course, as much climbing as you are able to handle.

Our options include:

The Owens River Gorge. With over 600 routes, this area has a tremendous concentration of climbs on andesite and welded tuff rock types. Routes here start at 5.6 and, in contrast to many other sport areas, the greatest concentration of climbs is at the 5.10 level. The Gorge is at low elevation and can be a hot place during summer.

Rock Creek. At 8,000 feet in the Sierra Nevada, the Rock Creek area offers wonderful granite bolted routes. The climbing is varied, requiring a repertoire of skills and techniques. Surrounded by aspen groves, this is a beautiful locale during the month of fall. Routes here start at 5.9 and go upwards.

Clark Canyon. Situated in the Jeffrey Pine forest east of Mammoth, this offers short, steep climbs on pocketed tuff and some cracks. It is a lot cooler than the low elevation crags in mid-summer. There is range of climbs from 5.6 upwards.


Program Prerequisites:

Previous indoor climbing and a basic knowledge of knots and climbing techniques. You should feel comfortable climbing 5.9 in the gym.

Program Inclusions:

Price includes guiding, permits and group climbing gear. Please bring you own personal climbing equipment if you have it.

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.

Rental Equipment:

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