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Introduction to Rock Climbing Lessons

Introduction to Rock Climbing

A perfect way to learn how to rock climb outdoors - Level 1

This local adventure is designed for those who want to learn how to rock climb outdoors or anyone just looking to experience the thrill of rock climbing. You don't need any previous experience or brute strength to try this adventure. Total beginners, intermediate gym climbers, and those looking for a refresher will all graduate from this course with long lasting skills and memories. Throughout the day you will get expert rock climbing instruction and a lot of climbing time.

This course will give you an exciting introduction to the world of outdoor rock climbing. You will learn about the essential safety equipment that makes roped climbing possible and gain an understanding on how top-rope climbing systems work. We will teach you how to properly belay with a lightweight and versatile passive belay device that is generally not used at indoor climbing gyms. You will also practice tying essential rock climbing knots, learn rock climbing vocabulary and communication, and get introduced to climbing movement techniques.

This experience will not only be an educational one, but one which will satisfy your spirit for adventure. So go for it, and make the next move with Outback Adventures!

Topics Covered

  • Rock climbing safety
  • Essential equipment
  • Top-rope systems
  • Fundamental knots
  • Belaying with a passive device
  • Communication and vocabulary
  • Beginner to intermediate movement skills
  • Lots of climbing time!


6 hours



Locations and Time:

All locations 9am-3pm


No previous experience required

What to Bring

  • Comfortable clothes for cold and hot weather
  • Shoes or boots with good traction
  • 2-3 quarts of water
  • Lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Retainer straps for glasses
  • Personal climbing gear (optional and subject to instructor / guide approval)
  • Medium size backpack to carry your items
  • Consider bringing a tip for your instructor / guide for exceptional service

Outback Adventures Provides:

Directions to Castle Rock State Park From San Jose

From San Jose, take Highway 85 North to the Saratoga Avenue exit. Turn left (Southwest) and follow the road through downtown Saratoga. Once in downtown Saratoga you will be on Highway 9. Continue on Highway 9 until you reach the stop sign at the summit. Turn left onto Skyline Boulevard. Follow the road for a few miles. The park will be located on your right. If you park in the main parking lot you will have to pay a $6 day use fee. Please allow yourself at least 30 minutes to get to Castle Rock after exiting Highway 85. Last food and gas is located in downtown Saratoga.

Meeting Place: Meet just outside the main parking lot at Castle Rock State Park.

Directions to Mount Tamalpais from San Francisco

From San Francisco, go North on 101. When you are just North of Sausalito, take the Highway 1 North exit towards Stinson Beach. Stay on Highway 1 through town and continue for a little over three miles. Turn right onto Panoramic Highway and continue up the road towards Mt. Tamapais. Follow the signs toward the East Summit and continue all the way to the end of the road where you will find a large parking lot. Please be prepared for the parking fee of $8. There is a rest room, refreshment stand, and drinking water. Please allow yourself at least 30 minutes to get to Mount Tamalpais after exiting Highway 101. Last food and gas is located in Tamalpais Valley Junction, just off Highway 101.

Meeting Place: Meet at the Mount Tamalpais East Peak parking area next to the restrooms.

Directions to Cragmont Rock Park in Berkeley

960 Regal Rd, at Easter Way, Berkeley CA

From San Francisco: Take the Bay Bridge and follow the signs for the 80/580 interchange toward San Rafael then follow the directions below.
From San Jose: Take 880 North. Once you pass the Bay Bridge follow the signs for the 80/580 interchange toward San Rafael, then follow the directions below.
From Marin: Take the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge toward Richmond then follow the directions below.

Directions: From 80/580 in Berkeley, exit Buchanan Street and head East toward the hills. Buchanan Street will change its name to Marin Avenue. Once you pass up The Alameda there will be a center median that forces you to veer slightly right then left. Continue straight on Marin Avenue and pass through the roundabout. Drive about a half mile and make a right onto Regal Road. On the second bend in the road look for the Cragmont Rock Park on your right. Park alongside the road near the portable restroom.

Meeting Place: From the street, walk up the trail to your right and into a clearing. Meet your guide(s) at the picnic tables.


This trip takes place in multiple locations. Be sure you look at the correct location map for your trip below.



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Introduction to Rock Climbing

Castle Rock State Park


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Mount Tamalpais


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Cragmont Rock Park


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Introduction to Rock Climbing

Castle Rock State Park

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Mount Tamalpais

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Cragmont Rock Park

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