Pinnacles Climbing Weekend
Beginner to Intermediate Levels


March 27–28 April 24–25 October 16–17 November 13–14

Trip Overview

Join us for an amazing weekend of rock climbing in the spectacular Pinnacles National Park. We've got options for all climbing levels. Choose between the following:

    • Climbing 101
    • Intro to Outdoor Climbing
    • Beyond Basics
      • Intro to Anchors
      • Rappelling

Highlights include:

    • Climbing in one of the most beautiful National Parks in California, just a quick drive for the SF Bay Area.
    • Camping in style and comfort with a fully supported campsite with gourmet meals provided
    • All gear available so you just bring your sense of adventure!
    • Perfect for those who have been climbing in the gym and are ready to learn outdoor climbing or for those ready to take their climbing skills to the next level
(check out updated COVID-19 trip safety precautions)
    Difficulty Rating: Moderate

    Multiple difficulty levels for most all ability levels.  

    Trip Itinerary

    Although we'll always do our best to adhere to this schedule, it is often dictated by factors outside of our control and is therefore subject to change. We will run this trip rain or shine.

    Day 1 - Saturday

    9:00am: Meet at Pinnacles Campground Store, East Entrance.

    9:00am - 9:15am: Introductions and overview of day

    9:15am - 9:30am: Drive to Bear Gulch Day Use Area

    9:30am - 9:45am: Hike to climbing zone

    9:45am - 3:30pm: Instruction and climbing

    3:30pm - 4:00pm: End of day wrap up, hike out and drive to campground

    4:00pm - 10:00pm: Set up camp, enjoy refreshments, swimming pool, showers(fee), dinner, campfire, hangout

    Day 2 - Sunday

    7:00am: Wake up call in camp

    7:00am - 9:00am: Coffee, Breakfast, Discuss the day, Break down camp

    9:00am - 9:15am: drive to Bear Gulch Day Use Area

    9:15am - 9:30am: Hike to climbing zone

    9:30am - 3:30pm: Instruction and climbing

    3:30pm - 4:00pm: End of day wrap up and hike out

    Climbing Skills Available

    For new climbers: Learn to Belay, Tie-In and Basic Movement techniques

    Learn to build Anchors for the most common types of top rope situations

    Basic 2 bolt sport anchor systems

    Natural anchor system

    Get in depth knowledge of the gear and safe climbing practices

    Learn how to rappel safely  using an ATC

    Put it all together in practice on the wall

    Packing List


    Comfortable, wicking athletic clothing with pants or capris to cover knees. No Shorts

    Any personal climbing gear you may have (e.g., shoes, harness, etc.)

    2-3 liters of water

    Jacket or fleece

    Sturdy approach shoes/hiking boots that are broken in

    Sunscreen, Sun hat, Sunglasses

    Personal Toiletries


    2 person, 3-season tent (rentals available)

    Sleeping bag rated 15 to 25 degrees (rentals available)

    Sleeping pad (rentals available)


    Seasonally: baselayers, fleece, down jacket, beanie, gloves

    Optional (but recommended):


    Insect Repellant

    Ear plugs




    Do NOT bring: