Some 23 million years ago multiple volcanoes erupted to form what would become Pinnacles National Park. What remains is an unique and dramatic landscape shaped by faults and erosion over millennia. Join us for an amazing weekend of rock climbing with picturesque wildlife, bountiful wildflowers, and stunning views, all the while training and honing your skills on the wall!
- Climbing in one of the most beautiful National Parks in California
- Expert guides to coach you on proper technique
- A fully supported campsite with gourmet meals
- All climbing gear is provided - just bring your sense of adventure!
- Perfect for those who have never climbed before, for those ready to take their indoor climbing skills to the next level, or for those who are newer to outdoor climbing and have never climbed at Pinnacles!
Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian participating on the trip and are subject to manager approval. Please write to the email listed below prior to signing up.
Please read our updated COVID-19 trip safety precautions. You may find our cancellation policy at the bottom of this page.
Have a question about this trip? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginner to Intermediate Levels: Perfect for those who have never climbed before, for those ready to take their indoor climbing skills to the next level, or for those who are newer to outdoor climbing and have never climbed at Pinnacles! Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian participating on the trip and are subject to manager approval.
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 as long as it is safe to do so.
Day 1 - Saturday
8 am: Meet at the Pinnacles Campground Store, East Entrance Please note: Being on time impacts where we are able to climb. Please respect the other students in your program and be on time.
8 - 8:15 am: Drive to the Bear Gulch Day Use Area
8:15 am - 8:30 am: Introductions and overview of the day
8:30 am - 8:45 am: Hike to the climbing zone
8:45 am - 3 pm: Instruction and climbing
3 pm - 3:30 pm: End of the day wrap up, hike out, and drive to campground
3:30 pm - 4 pm: Set up camp
4 - 10 pm: Enjoy refreshments, a swimming pool (seasonal), showers (coin operated), dinner, campfire, and hanging out
Day 2 - Sunday
6:30 am: Coffee and tea ready
6:30 am - 8 am: Breakfast, overview of the day, break down camp
8 am - 8:15 am: Drive to the Bear Gulch Day Use Area
8:15 am - 8:30 am: Hike to the climbing zone
8:30 am - 3 pm: Instruction and climbing
3 pm - 3:30 pm: End of day the wrap up and hike out
Climbing Skills Available
For New Climbers: Learn to belay, tie-in, and basic movement techniques
For Gym Climbers: Refine your technique with movement drills and exercises
Gain in-depth knowledge of gear and safe climbing practices
Learn to belay with a GriGri
Learn how to rappel safely
Put it all together in practice on the wall
Athletic Pants or Capris that cover knees and allow for a wide range of motion (no shorts)
Sturdy Approach Shoes or Hiking Boots that are broken in
3L worth of Water Bottles
Change of clothes to wear at camp, camp shoes, sleeping clothes
Mess Kit (bowl, cup, and spork)
$395 per person
Two Expert, Medically Trained Guides
Group Climbing Instruction and Tips
All Climbing Gear
Group Cooking Gear (including stoves and fuel)
Dinners, Breakfasts, Beverages, and Trail Snacks
Adult Beverages at camp if 21+
Group First Aid Kit
All Camping Fees
Transportation to and from Pinnacles
Personal Camping Gear (see Gear List below; rentals available)
Lunches (although a Trail Snack Bag is provided)
Park Entrance Fee
Insurance of any kind
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