Leavenworth Rock Guides: Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing 

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Basic Rock Climbing Course in Leavenworth, WA

Trip: Leavenworth Rock Guides

Course: Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing

2022 Dates: April - October
  • April 23
  • May 1
  • May 7
  • May 15
  • May 21 (Women's)
  • May 29
  • June 5
  • June 12
  • June 18
  • June 26
  • July 2
  • July 10
  • July 16
  • July 24
  • July 30
  • August 7
  • August 13
  • August 21
  • August 27
  • September 4
  • September 10
  • September 18
  • September 24
  • Custom Programs Available

Scheduled Cost: $295 per participant

Cost: Custom Programs
  • $315 each w/ 2 climbers
  • $280 each w/ 3 climbers
  • $240 each w/ 4 climbers
  • $205 each w/ 5 climbers
  • $190 each w/ 6 climbers

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Cost Includes
Guide fee, use of climbing harness, climbing helmet, all group climbing equipment including a climbing rack.
Cost Does Not Include
Transportation to/from Leavenworth, personal food, water, and clothing, rock climbing shoes.

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New rock climbers often believe that climbing requires unusual upper body strength. In this course we demonstrate that good rock climbers have generally refined their rock climbing skill to the point where they have perfected their footwork, energy conservation, weight transfer, and balance, allowing them to move smoothly up difficult rock climbs. This course provides a starting point for new rock climbers, climbers that only climb in climbing gyms, or family or corporate groups looking for a fun day spent together in a beautiful place. This program in Icicle Creek Canyon, located about 10 minutes from downtown Leavenworth.

We begin the day with a safety discussion highlighting the hazards present at a given rock climbing area. Your guide then shows you how to put on your climbing harness and helmet. We like to put people on the rock early in the program, using a climbing top-rope, so that new climbers can immediately get a feel for some of the basic movement concepts involved in climbing rock. You will learn to tie a figure eight knot, how to belay, and how to rappel. The flow of the day combines actual climbing interspersed with a review of the different techniques and skills needed to manage risk and maximize your climbing ability. You will be exposed to various types of climbing including crack climbing, face climbing, and slab (friction) climbing. You will also learn how to use equipment such as locking carabiners, belay-rappel devices, and climbing helmets. We will also discuss differences between sport and trad (traditional) climbing and explain climbing ratings.

For this basic rock climbing course you need no previous experience and very little equipment other than comfortable clothing, water, sunscreen, and a sense of adventure. We provide your climbing helmet and harness as well as all the climbing equipment needed for this program.

Skills Taught in Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing 

  • Belaying top-roped climbs
  • Belaying a lead climber
  • Hazards of the outdoor crag
  • Anchoring the Belayer
  • Basic Crack Climbing Technique
  • Basic Face Climbing Technique
  • Basic Offwidth Technique
  • Tying into the Climbing Harness
  • Sport Climbing vs. Trad Climbing
  • Rappelling
  • Belay Signals and Communications

Courses Following Introduction to Outdoor Climbing 


This course takes place in Leavenworth and runs for 8 hours.

We have offered this as a scheduled program each weekend on alternate Saturday and Sundays. We also schedule custom courses based on availability, so call if you are interested. It is often possible to schedule courses at the last minute, but you should try to call well advance of your chosen date so that we can request access with the US Forest Service and be sure there is a guide available.


No previous climbing experience is needed.


To register for this course you should complete our domestic climbing application and return it to the Northwest Mountain School office. You can complete our online registration here. Once you have completed your application you can make your deposit or full payment here. It is best to call our office at 509-548-5823 to make sure that space is available on your selected program. Space is allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

This program takes place on US Forest Service lands under a commercial-outfitter and guide permit. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs & activities and is an equal opportunity provider and employer.