How to rock climb
$155.00 8 hours
Learn how to rock climb outside in an 8 hour class at Joshua Tree National Park.
$155 per student. Includes free rental of shoes, harness and helmet
Class dates: February 16, March 9, March 23, April 13
Learn how to rock climb in Joshua Tree from one of our certified guides. Many climbers learn how to climb from their friends and unwittingly adopt unsafe practices. Take this class and you will find yourself better equipped to evaluate your friends’ safety skills the next time they invite you to climb.
In this 8 hour class you will learn rock climbing movement techniques, belaying, rappelling, and lowering. Learn the figure 8 knot and the proper use of your harness, helmet, and ATC type belay device. We will teach you how to do proper safety checks and verbal commands. We also teach how to safely lower someone back down the cliff in a safe and controlled fashion.
You probably won’t forget the first time you ever get lowered back down a cliff. This is a moment that typically produces fear. We will lower you back down in a slow and smooth fashion when you give the command. Many first-timers decide they don’t like rock climbing the very first time they have to come down. Our patient leadership style helps people ease into the vertical environment. We believe this approach is the most fun and the least stressful.
One problem with learning how to climb from a friend instead of learning from an expert comes when it is time to lean back and get lowered to the ground. Oftentimes poorly trained climbers will lower each too fast and not smoothly. This is not only an unsafe practice, but can be terrifying for a climber.
Another pitfall of learning climbing from a friend is if they pressure you into going to the top before you are comfortable leaning back on the rope. It is always better to climb up just 5 or 6 feet and get comfortable with this essential skill. When you do get to the top of the climb, instead of having a panic attack, you can enjoy the fine view!
In the How to Rock Climb class you will also learn the difficulty rating system for climbing and mountaineering. In the 1950’s Southern California climbers invented the “Yosemite Decimal System” at our local Tahquitz and Suicide Rock!
If our How to Rock Climb class is too basic for you, instead try our next level class called Climbing Technique. In our Climbing Technique class you practice more advanced moves. Learn moves like laybacking, edging, smedging, chimneying, stemming, finger locks, hand jams, etc.
To prepare for the How to Rock Climb class, check out our video on How to tie a figure 8 on a bight.