Independence Tower has an alpine feel in area accessible from Smith Rock State Park

Rock Climbing Skills Seminar – 3 days

Looking to fully immerse yourself in the sport of rock climbing?  Our three day course is a comprehensive rock climbing seminar in the world class climbing venue, Smith Rock State Park. The access to over 1,800 sport and trad climbs within a short hike from the car means we can maximize the time you spend on the rock learning skills and techniques and minimize hiking time and avoid crowded areas.

During three days in the birthplace of sport climbing, you’ll work on your climbing technique and movement skills, choosing climbs that push your limits and create opportunities to learn. You’ll also learn technical skills like anchor-building, lead-belaying and rappelling. As you climb and converse with your guide you will tailor your program to the specific skills that you want to focus on. You may choose to spend time learning multi-pitch climbing techniques, focus on climbing difficult routes more efficiently, or begin to learn the foundations of trad climbing. Or you may sample all these options to get a feel for your interests.

During your trip you’ll also get to sample many different rock types and styles of climbing, so you’ll begin to feel at home in Smith Rock. It’s a destination that climbers from all over the world return to year after year. Our rock guides have been climbing at Smith Rock State Park for years and can take you to excellent rock routes and areas for your personal experience level. Each program is tailored specifically for the participants to ensure that you get the most out of your trip.

Skills you will learn, practice and hone:

  • Basic and advanced belaying
  • Rappelling
  • Balance and movement skills
  • Spotting
  • Terminology
  • Advanced footwork and use of handholds
  • Placing rock protection: cams and nuts
  • Lead-belaying
  • Efficient multi-pitch transitions
  • Anchor building and evaluation

Additional dates are available upon request.

Smith Rock State Park
Year Round

$525 per person on scheduled dates, or in a group of 2 or more

Trip Length: 
3 days
Trip Dates: 
April 12, 2019 - April 14, 2019
May 25, 2019 - May 27, 2019
August 31, 2019 - September 2, 2019