The flagship course of Granite Mountain Guides, the Gym-to-Crag will make your transition from the Climbing Gym to the Outdoor Crag as smooth as ever!
Our two-day Gym-to-Crag Course is designed for those who have had the opportunity to climb indoors and familiarize themselves with common climbing systems such as Top-roping and/or Lead Climbing. This course is all-encompassing and starts off with a ground school session, where the fundamentals of bolted Top-rope anchors and the differences between outdoor climbing versus indoor climbing are discussed. From there it provides the necessary skills to either rappel or lower back to the ground and retrieve your rope at the end of the day at the crag. Every participant will have an opportunity to practice all of these new skills while under the supervision of an experienced, and AMGA Certified Single-Pitch Instructor.
This course does NOT include instruction on how to lead climb. If you have practiced lead climbing in the climbing gym, then course participants will be provided opportunities to practice those skills during this course.
First and foremost, we want every individual to be successful and walk away knowing that they gave their personal best and had a great time outdoors. Gaining proficiency in rock climbing will aid in your ability to progress towards more challenging rock climbing objectives and venues, and will also help you to develop a well-rounded understanding of the basic safety principles and mechanisms that all climbers utilize.
Our public offerings through 2022 are scheduled here:
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This institution is operated under special use permit with the Prescott National Forest & Coronado National Forest. This institution is operated under special use permit with the City of Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve. This institution operates under a Guest permit for Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area by the Bureau of Land Management. Granite Mountain Guides, LLC is an equal opportunity provider.