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Intro to Outdoor Climbing Class - Smith Rock

A 1-day introductory outdoor rock climbing class for those new or newer to the outdoor climbing environment. Sign up and take advantage of this opportunity to learn to how to climb outdoors per the latest AMGA national standards. You'll be introduced to the beautiful Smith Rock State Park which is located near Redmond, OR. For a full curriculum of what you'll be learning see below.

I've been teaching rock climbing professionally since 2010 for companies like ProGuiding service, and Mt. Hood CC. Trained by the AMGA and a Wilderness First Responder.

Gear is available.

Camping recommended the night before at the Bivy site next to the park ($5 per person, includes shower and parking permit).

Morning instruction will be held at the Northern point, then we'll eat lunch and head down to do some climbs in the main area.


Cost per student: $99 
Includes professional instruction and gear.


Camp at the Bivy Camp Site for $5 per night, shower and parking included. Closest alternatives include vacation rentals or the Crooked River Ranch, or numerous hotels in Redmond


Camping gear (can be freezing temps at night)
Pants/Shorts suitable for climbing on abrasive rock
Transportation (carpools could possibly be arranged)
Hiking/Approach shoes
Plenty of water - 1 liter+

Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing Course Curriculum

This course is open to those with little or no climbing experience outside of a climbing gym. This course exposes the beginner rock climber to the skills necessary to safely set up top rope anchors and introduce him or her to basic top-rope climbing. The course is concluded with a debriefing and recommendations for further training and goals.

I. Introduction to Gear

Gear selection

Care of gear

Correctly fitting rock shoes

Correctly fitting climbing harness

Explanation of rope types used in climbing

Fall factors explained

II. Route Selection

Explanation of the Y.D.S. (climbing grades)

How to use guide books

III. Knots

How to tie in to your harness

Munter hitch

IV. Rappelling

Practice of single rope rappels

Use of rappel devices

Use of backup on rappel

Rappelling on the Munter hitch

V. Anchors

How to determine a safe anchor

How to equalize anchors

Anchor extension

VI. Setting up Top Rope Anchors

When to use existing gear

Safe approach of top rope anchors, using tethers

When to set up your own top rope anchor, cleaning anchors

VII. Belaying

Correct stance and position of the belayer

Belaying devices

Techniques for belaying a leader

Static vs. dynamic belay

Use of the Munter hitch for belay

When to tie belayer into end of rope

VIII. Rope Management

How to coil the rope

Stacking the rope

Use of rope bag or tarp

IX. Movement Skills

Body, hand, and foot placement

Learning to climb with your feet

Static vs. dynamic movement


More advanced techniques for face climbing

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  • DP

    Is anyone planning on camping either in the park or nearby sat night and interested in sharing a site? I am not sure if sites will be easy to find being the holiday weekend. I guess Sunday might as well!!

    May 20, 2014

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    A former member

    Hi Matthew! Are we going to be able to take a break for lunch? Best to bring snacks/food with us? How does that usually work? Thanks!

    May 18, 2014

  • DP

    Hi Mathew, what gear do you/ can you provide?

    May 10, 2014

  • Mesha W.

    Hi Mathew, how much of the day will be spent climbing vs instruction?

    April 16, 2014

    • Mesha W.

      Thanks for the reply - We have too many thing on our list for that weekend to add another full day. I'll watch for other future climbing opportunities with you however. Cheers - Mesha

      April 22, 2014

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