These are perfect courses for anyone from novice to intermediate climber as we work to individually challenge and develop balance, tenacity and skills in climbing these unique and amazing rock formations! Our 25 years of instructing courses at Smith Rock pays off in getting you to the right places with the right skills and keeping you safe. You will complete the course with the ability to move smoothly over stone, set-up and use top-rope anchors and rappel safely. The focus of this course is climbing, climbing and more climbing!
This is a week-long rock climbing course at world-renowned Smith Rock State Park near Terrebonne, Oregon. Students will receive individual instruction and test their skills against vertical cracks, steep faces and boulders. You set up a basecamp in a campground near Smith Rock State Park among the multicolored cliffs and spires, in order to focus on building climbing skills and techniques, and to establish a comprehensive and safe climbing foundation. Students will learn about basic climbing equipment, ropes, carabineers, harnesses, knots, belaying and rappelling techniques, and most importantly, how to move across the rock face efficiently and effectively using hand and foot holds. Personal feedback from instructors helps you progress toward your climbing goals. Our staff to student ratio averages 1:3. You’ll not only build strong climbing skills and get a great taste of Smith Rock, but you’ll get all that Outward Bound and our incredible staff have to offer as well! Students who advance in the basic skills have the opportunity to do a multi-pitch climb or a spectacular Tyrolean Traverse put the newly gained skills to the test.
Smith Rock State Park, Oregon–Smith Rock is a world-renowned climbing destination that attracts climbers of every ability. It is widely considered to be one of the top sport climbing areas in the country. Smith Rock is a uniquely beautiful area that commonly graces postcards and calendars. The Crooked River lazily winds its way through the canyon, cutting a path through the cliffs and spires. There is a spectacular view to the west of the snow-capped volcanoes of the Cascade Mountain Range.. One of the most striking features is Monkey Face, a prominent spire that takes the shape of a monkey's face. Given the dry and temperate climate, rock climbing is feasible year round.
To apply for this course click the apply button next to the course dates that work for you. The non-refundable application fee of $125 is due at the time of application. For full fee schedule and process, click here. Course tuitions listed do not include our application fee or transportation fee.