Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing Course

Learn baseline skills for climbing outside on single pitch sport climbs.

Based at the legendary City of Rocks, this is the perfect class for gym and/or beginning climbers looking to make the transition outdoors. The instructional focus is on foundational risk management skills and on leading bolt-protected sport climbs. Learn best practice techniques for belaying, rappelling, and leading, and climb some of the best granite sport routes in the country!

Day 1: Essential risk management for outdoor climbing

  • Equipment (ropes, belay devices, belay gloves, quick draws, slings/tethers)
  • Belay skills
    • Basic knot review
    • Closing the system
    • Review PBUS
    • Belay devices, skinny ropes and friction
    • Lead belaying including w/Gri Gri.
  • Rappelling
    • Closing the system
    • Rappel extensions
    • Back-ups
    • Tethering

Day 2: Introduction to leading sport climbs

  • Quick draws and clipping
  • Rope awareness
  • Building and cleaning anchors (on lead, and after TR)
  • Overhead clips vs. waist clips
  • Practice leads and/or mock leads
  • Intermediate movement skills

 Difficulty: Previous rock climbing experience (indoor or outdoor) helpful

 Duration: 2 days

 Meeting Time: 9am

 Meeting Location: City of Rocks Visitor Center in Almo

 What We Provide:

  • All technical climbing equipment (shoes, harness, helmet, belay device, carabiners). Discount packages can be purchased at Backwoods Mountain Sports in Ketchum.

 What You Need:

  • Basic outdoor clothing and footwear
  • Small day pack
  • Lunches
  • Lodging or camping arrangements for City of Rocks courses
  • Review the equipment list

Ratio: 4:1

 Rates: $325/person (based on 3 person minimum)


  • Saturday & Sunday, May 28-29, 2022
  • Saturday & Sunday, June 11-12, 2022
  • Saturday & Sunday, September 10-11, 2022
  • Saturday & Sunday, October 1-2, 2022