- March 30–31
- April 27–28
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.
- 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.
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.
INTRO TO CLIMBING TRACK: Skills Covered
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.”
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
INTRO TO CLIMBING TRACK: Free Climbing Day
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.
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!”
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
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
Price is per day of instruction
All climbing gear
Nutrition Bars to Keep you fueled
Medically trained, Certified Climbing Guides
End of day refreshments
Transportation to and from the park
Park entrance fee
Personal Camping Gear (Rentals Available)
Great climbing weekend at Pinnacles with Sports Basement
I've been climbing indoors for quite a few years and was looking for the right way to transition to outdoor climbing. I saw a flyer for this two-day class at Pinnacles and ju...
Memorable Climbing weekend
My son and I took the 2 day outdoor climbing course with Genn. Definitely well worth the time and money. He's a great teacher and really knows his stuff. We learned and worked on ...
Excellent group of people and instructors for a fun time climbing!
I had an awesome time! I had climbed a little in gyms but this was way better and had some good variety of routes. I felt very safe.