CALIFORNIA CLIMBING SCHOOL OFFERS A COMPLETE CURRICULUM If you are looking for a climbing guide at Joshua Tree, Tahquitz Rock, or the High Sierras, please consider hiring one of our talented guides. California Climbing School offers a full range of services to climbers of all ability levels.
We offer classes in basic rock climbing, anchor building, lead climbing, crack climbing, self-rescue, rappelling, and more. Or you can also hire a climbing guide for a private lesson, and we will tailor the lesson to your specific needs. Click here to see a full description of our classes and private guiding options.
What sets California Climbing School apart from other schools is our level of training, our decades of experience honing our craft, and our knowledge of California natural history. Owners Erik Kramer-Webb and Theresa Walsh have been trained by some of the most respected guides and outdoor educators in the industry. Erik is an AMGA Certified Rock Instructor. Theresa is an AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor.
We operate in 3 main areas: Joshua Tree, Tahquitz, and the High Sierra.
We run year round rock climbing outings at Joshua Tree National Park. In our opinion Joshua Tree is the best place on earth to learn rock climbing. The moves have much more variety than most other climbing destinations, which is great for learning new techniques.
Joshua Tree boasts year-round rock climbing, easy access, and climbs of all difficulty levels. It is therefore considered a Mecca for climbers.
And yet despite the popularity of Joshua Tree, we can almost always find a quiet area to climb if we hike just a short distance. Due to the easy approach hikes, world class routes, and stunning scenery, Joshua Tree will capture your heart and keep you coming back for more.
Even though Joshua Tree weather is ideal in the fall and spring, winter is a very popular time to climb as well. Winter brings highs in the 50’s and 60’s and typically sunny weather. Joshua Tree summers are hot (highs in the 90’s and low 100’s), but it cools off quite a bit at night. Our half days starting at 7 am are wonderful all summer long since we will stick to the shade. Even afternoons after 3 pm are pleasant for shade climbing most of the summer.
Simply put, Tahquitz Rock is home to the finest rock climbing in Southern California. It offers superb granite multi-pitch climbing up to 900 feet in height. These climbs rival Yosemite in quality and feel. Many pioneers of Yosemite honed their skills at Tahquitz before attempting the big walls of the Valley. In fact, the “Yosemite Decimal System” was invented at Tahquitz in the early 50’s. The approach hike gains 1000′ to reach the base of the rock so this is a great place to get a cardio and leg workout as well.
The High Sierra is home to some of the most magnificent rock climbs in the world. Schedule a guided climb of a classic High Sierra peak like Mt Whitney or Mt Russell, and have an adventure you will never forget. On the first day hike in to an alpine lake and enjoy a spectacular campsite. Then go for the summit the next morning and hike back out. Other routes can be done car to car with your climbing guide in one long day. We typically access the climbs from the eastern Sierra towns of Bishop, Lone Pine, or Mammoth Lakes. Our season in the High Sierra is July through September.