Idaho Rock climbing

City of Rocks Climbing | Rock Climbing Idaho | CLOSED

The City of Rocks, Idaho is a world-class climbing destination with hundreds of climbing routes from easy to expert (and beyond). City of Rocks is nestled in the high desert mountains and pine trees of scenic southern Idaho offering fantastic high desert, granite face, slab and crack climbing.

  • Work on technique
  • Gain confidence in your leading
  • Fine-tune your anchor-building and technical skills
  • Brush the dust off your outdoor climbing
  • Challenge yourself to bring your outdoor climbing up a few notches

This three-day, all-inclusive, women’s rock climbing program is for women of all climbing abilities. Whether you’re just learning to climb or refreshing skills you’ve had for years, you’ll make progress with highly experienced, female guides certified by the American Mountain Guides Association.

Right now I am just so frigging excited about everything I have learned and experienced I cannot thank you enough!!!! I am sure I’ll see you all again!
–Tiffany M, 2018 City of Rocks Climbing Clinic participant

Raise your Confidence

Whether your goal is to be a solid 5.9 climber or you’re interested in making the transition from sport to traditional climbing, the City of Rocks has something for you.

Over the course of three full days of climbing instruction, you’ll gain enough confidence in your systems to be able to set up top ropes for yourself and your friends.

The City of Rocks is the Perfect Climbing Training Ground

Whether you’re learning to climb and applying your newfound skills or you want to lead routes, you’ll get the chance under the watchful eye of our all female staff of AMGA Certified Rock Guides.

We’ll spend our days climbing and working on skills at various areas within the City of Rocks and Castle Rocks State Park, located just outside of Almo, ID. In addition to instruction of unmatched quality, Chicks provides:

  • Personalized attention in small climbing teams according to skill/experience level and individual goals
  • The camaraderie of camping together right along with the climbing formations
  • Friendships and new partnerships with like-minded climbers

Join us

The Chicks experience is a special one. The camaraderie around the campfire in this remote and beautiful, high-desert terrain only adds to the charm of the City of Rocks, letting you go unplugged for a few days. Prepare to be pushed and inspired by a fun and supportive group of peers. You can read our City of Rocks Trip reports at City Chicks and Chicks in the City.

The multi-pitch day was eye opening. I loved it! I had no idea I was going to enjoy the process of doing pitching so much. This is what made me want to explore mountaineering. I loved the promo goodie bags and getting to try out different gear!
–Ashley M, 2019 City of Rocks Climbing Clinic participant


City of Rocks Climbing Clinic Pricing:

Option 1: 3 days of climbing / 4 nights camping – $899 (Deposit payment option available upon checkout)

Option 2: 3 days of climbing plus 4th day multi-pitch climb / 4 nights camping – $1,199

 

INCLUDES:

  • 3 days of guided climbing and instruction, TRAD CLIMBING FOCUS – ALL LEVELS
  • 4:1 ratio
  • Optional guided multi-pitch day 2:1 ratio (Limited spaces available. Currently Full)
  • 4 nights camping
  • Nutritious breakfasts and dinners prepared by Chicks guides
  • Welcome gift bags from Chicks sponsors
  • Demo gear from Chicks Sponsors

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Ground or Air Transportation
  • Trip Insurance
  • Lunches and snacks
  • Gratuities

City of Rocks Travel Information

What to Bring to City of Rocks


PROPOSED ITINERARY:

Day 1: September 17

City of Rocks is about a 4-hour drive from Jackson, WY or from Salt Lake City, UT.  Reno, NV is also a good starting point within driving range.

4:00 pm: Opening meeting and orientation at the campground.  Group dinner and demo gear handed out.

Day 2: September 18       

7:00 – 7:30 am: Group breakfast at the campsite

8:00 am: Meet at the cars geared up to climb for the day

8:00 am – 4:00 pm:  Climbing at the City of Rocks (bring your own lunch)

6:00 pm: Prepared dinner at the campsite

Day 3:  September 19   

7:00 – 7:30 am: Breakfast

8:00 am: – 4:00 pm: Climbing at the City of Rocks (bring your own lunch)

5:00 pm: Optional visit to Durfee Hot Springs and Pool

6:30 pm: Prepared dinner at the campsite

Day 4: September 20

7:00 – 7:30 am: Breakfast

8:00 am – 4:30 pm: Climbing at Castle Rocks State Park (bring your own lunch)

5:00 pm: Closing meeting followed by group dinner at the campsite

Day 5: September 21 Optional Multi-pitch Day (Limited spaces available)

7:00 – 7:30 am: Breakfast

8:00 am – 4:30 pm: Climb a multi-pitch route in Castle Rock State Park, 2:1 ratio (bring your own lunch)

3:30 pm: End of City Chicks clinic


Chicks Climbing and Skiing PAYMENT REFUND policy:

We require a registration deposit at time of booking. The deposit will hold your spot, with the remaining balance due 60 days prior to start date. You are also welcome to pay in full!

Please submit all refund requests in writing. 

We issue full refunds, transfer to another course or credit towards a future course according to the following schedule:

  • More than 60 days prior to start date – full refund minus 10% administration fee
  • 30-60 days prior to start date – 50% refund minus 10% administration fee
  • Less than 30 days prior to the start date – no refund!

Travel insurance is required for all international trips. We also strongly recommended travel insurance for US programs. Contact Erin Rountree at 208-788-2870. Erin is a travel agent familiar with Chicks programs and travel insurance needs.

A participant in Chicks' Rifle Climbing Clinic climbing in Rifle Mountain Park

Rifle Climbing Clinic – Rock Climbing Colorado | CLOSED

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Rifle Climbing Clinic

Chicks Rifle Climbing Clinic participant climbing Do the Mashed Potatoes in Rifle Mountain Park, Colorado

Chicks Rifle Climbing Clinic participant climbing Do the Mashed Potatoes, Rifle Mountain Park, Colorado. ©Elaina Arenz

Rifle Mountain Park, located 30 minutes North of Rifle, Colorado is a climber’s dream come true.

The focus of this clinic is sport climbing, with an emphasis on

  • how to improve technique, footwork and conserve energy
  • redpointing tactics
  • projecting a route near or at your limit
  • diminish fear of falling and improve commitment with the Warrior’s Way mental training techniques

Chicks Co-Owner’s Kitty Calhoun and Angela Hawse will lead our Rifle Climbing Clinic.

I got a community of climbers, I got new friends! I got stoked. I got some great photos. Elaina was so patient and kind, I really felt a sincere connection–and that makes it easy to learn. (Thanks Elaina!)–Susan M, Chicks Rifle Climbing Clinic participant.

To find out more, read Chicks Captain’s Column Rifle Colorado Climbing by Elaina. You Can Do ALL of the Things encompassed everyone’s goals at the 2020 Chicks Rifle Climbing Clinic.

Rifle is a two-mile-long, limestone canyon, that lines a meandering mountain stream.

The canyon offers both sunny and shady climbing options.

The blocky, featured rock requires climbers to unlock sequences of side-pulls, pinches, knee-bars, and opposition forces to gain upward progress.

Chicks Rifle Climbing Clinic participant lead climbing. Rifle, Colorado

Chicks Rifle Climbing Clinic participant lead climbing in Rifle, Colorado. ©Elaina Arenz.

Famed for long, steep, physically demanding routes, don’t let Rifle deter you. There are stellar routes all the way through the grades, starting at 5.6. With more than three hundred routes and over twenty different crags, Rifle provides a wealth of climbing challenge on either top rope or on lead.

This clinic is recommended for intermediate and advanced level climbers who are learning to lead climb indoors,  looking to transition their skills to do more outdoor climbing, or improve outdoor lead climbing skills. For those of you who don’t yet lead, but have the desire to learn, this is also a great clinic option for you as well.

Just 2.5 hours from Denver and a reasonable half-day drive from Salt Lake City, this is an entire climbing experience.

Peaceful car camping within walking distance to beautiful, world-class climbing.

The goal of the Rifle Climbing Clinic is to expand your ability.

Learn advanced techniques that can help you break into higher grades.

Project climbs and explore advanced movement skills.

You might be interested in Chicks Tech Tip Your Hips are your Power Center  by Kitty Calhoun, Co-Owner Chicks Climbing. How to climb on steep rock? Learn to “Do the Elvis” to maximize your climbing power.

Rifle is a must-seize opportunity

I seriously had so much fun. I feel I’ve truly made some amazing, lifelong, climbing partners/friends! I also really liked that we were able to use any belay device we were comfortable with. I know you all like the Petzl Gri Gri, but I must say I’m totally digging the Mammut Smart Belay device. Thanks for allowing me to dial that in.

Jennifer R, Chicks Rifle Climbing Alumna

Find all Chicks Rock Climbing Clinics here.

Rifle Climbing Clinic includes:

  • 3 days of guided climbing – SPORT CLIMBING FOCUS – INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED LEVELS
  • 4 to 1 ratio
  • 3 nights car camping
  • Demo gear from Chicks sponsors
  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • Sponsor gift bag

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Air or Ground Transportation
  • Trip Insurance
  • Guide gratuity
  • Lunches and snacks

RIFLE CLIMBING CLINIC PRICING:

$799.00 – 3 days of guided instruction; 3 nights camping. Pay in full or choose our 2 payment installment option upon checkout.


PROPOSED ITINERARY:

DAY 1: THURSDAY, AUGUST 6

Arrive in Rifle Mountain Park. Plan an hour and a half drive from the airport.  
Allow about an hour of extra time if you plan to stop for groceries in the town of Rifle.

4:00 pm: Kick-off meeting/orientation. Demo gear handed out

5:30 pm: group dinner at camp.

DAY 2: FRIDAY, AUGUST 7

7:00 am: Breakfast. Get  geared up for the day

8:00 am –5:00 pm: Carpool to the climbing area, about a 5-10 minute drive. Climbing in the Rifle Mountain Park.

6:30 pm: Catered dinner back at camp

DAY 3: SATURDAY, AUGUST 8

7:00 am: Breakfast. Get  geared up for the day

8:00 am –5:00 pm: Carpool to the climbing area, about a 5-10 minute drive. Climbing in the Rifle Mountain Park.

6:30 pm: Catered dinner back at camp

DAY 3: SUNDAY, AUGUST 9

7:00 am: Breakfast. Get  geared up for the day

8:00 am –5:00 pm: Carpool to the climbing area, about a 5-10 minute drive. Climbing in the Rifle Mountain Park.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Hand in demo gear. Closing meeting.


Chicks Climbing and Skiing PAYMENT REFUND policy:

We require a registration deposit at time of booking. The deposit will hold your spot, with the remaining balance due 60 days prior to start date. You are also welcome to pay in full!

Please submit all refund requests in writing. 

We issue full refunds, transfer to another course or credit towards a future course according to the following schedule:

  • More than 60 days prior to start date – full refund minus 10% administration fee
  • 30-60 days prior to start date – 50% refund minus 10% administration fee
  • Less than 30 days prior to the start date – no refund!

Travel insurance is required for all international trips. We also strongly recommended travel insurance for US programs. Contact Erin Rountree at 208-788-2870. Erin is a travel agent familiar with Chicks programs and travel insurance needs.