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Pinnacles Climbing Weekend1 or 2 Day Beginner to Advanced Options

  • March 30–31
  • April 27–28
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:

    • 'Intro to Climbing'
    • 'Beyond Basics'
    • 'Lead Sport Climbing'

Select 1 or 2 day options that include all meals and all required gear. Multiple duration and experience options to accommodate all abilities, schedules or interests.

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

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.


Essential gear

Tying into the rope with a Figure 8 follow through knot

Top Rope Belaying and Lowering with a Grigri

Climbing Commands and Communication

Basic climbing movement and techniques

ANCHORS & LEAD CLIMBING TRACK: Anchors for Top Rope, Lead Climbing and Rappelling. The goal of this course is not just to teach you theory, but to get you practicing your new skills out on the rock face under expert supervision. Not everything we teach can be learned from a book, there’s no absolutes in the “Wild”, so we teach creative problem solving when the answer is, “It depends.”
Skills covered:

Strengths and qualities of baseline equipment

Basic 2 bolt sport anchor systems

Natural anchor systems

Rappelling with a Grigri and ATC

Put it all together in practice on the top of a wall.  
We will discuss how to manage risk and fear in the “cliff edge” environment and why we trust our “Bombproof” systems. 
In order to maximize your time on the rock, we will provide you with a small homework assignment prior to the course. It will contain a list of knots to practice and reading material covering the strengths and weaknesses of the baseline equipment used in the course.

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

An awesome day of free climbing outdoors! There is no curriculum for the day, so you'll get to climb as much as you want! You'll have the opportunity to practice and improve upon the skills you learned on Saturday and discover new locations in the park. 

ANCHORS & LEAD CLIMBING TRACK:  Beginning Lead Climbing. We'll spend this day learning the skills to lead climb then put them to use while "mock" leading on the rock. 

Skills covered:

Safety concerns and risk management in a cliff base environment

Introduction to all the gear necessary for lead climbing

Safe and secure lead belay technique with an ATC

Clipping bolts, quickdraws and lead rope efficiently and safely

Review basic sport anchor design for bolted anchors covered from the previous day/Anchors course

Reading and understanding guide books and route topos

"Mock" Lead Climb 2-3 routes
Lead belay 2-3 routesIf there is time: Cleaning and rappelling off a bolted anchor

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

Learn to Lead Belay and Lead Climb

Get in depth knowledge of the gear and safe climbing practices

Learn how to rappel safely

Setup at least one top rope anchor and rappel down the rock face

Mock lead at least 2 routes

Gain the confidence to “Do It Yourself!”

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: