Introduction to Rock Climbing at Red Rock

1 day
All ages
1–3 people

Go to Nevada and learn to climb at Red Rock, located just minutes from all the bright lights of Las Vegas. With great climbing for all seasons, its awesome sandstone makes it a perfect beginner destination. Hit the crags before you hit the slots!

Go to Vegas and climb outside!

Curious about rock climbing, or looking to try something new? This course is for people with little or no climbing experience! Not only will you learn about tying into a climbing rope, belaying, and rappelling, you’ll also practice being a climbing partner to your guide and fellow course participants.

Looking for something more specialized? Check out Custom Climbing at Red Rock.


None whatsoever. No climbing experience necessary.

What you’ll learn while rock climbing:

Your day of climbing begins with detailed instruction about climbing gear and safety. Next, we’ll work on basic body positioning and climbing techniques. After we go over the foundations of rock climbing, you’ll have plenty of time to practice what you learn on the crags. You’ll learn:

  • The basics of safety in climbing
  • How to use ropes, knots and harnesses
  • Development of efficient climbing techniques and body positions
  • The fundamentals of anchors, belaying and rappelling
After this class you’ll:
  • Be confident when you tackle your next climb
  • Understand all the challenges any climber can face after a day spent on the rocks
  • Love the view on your way to the top!
  • 8:30am: Meet your guide and the guide’s recommended location
  • 9:30am: Gear up and carpool to the cliffs
  • 10:00am: Spend the day learning and rock climbing
  • 12:30pm – 1:00pm: Lunch (bring snacks and plenty of water)
  • 1:00pm – Continue to learn and climb!
  • 5:00pm: Call it a day and head home!
Where we are
Class Location
Red Rock Canyon
What is included
  • All permits and climbing related fees
  • All technical climbing gear like ropes, name it.
What to bring
  • 2 liters of water, snacks and lunch
  • Hiking shoes or sneakers
  • Daypack large enough to carry water, food and extra layers
What to wear
  • Sunscreen
  • Dress appropriately for the weather and bring your usual athletic clothes
Why book through 57hours?

We’re an adventure loving, rock climbing, tech company that loves all things outdoors-y. Why spend days looking for the right guide and adrenaline rush, when we can (and already did) do it for you? Want a serious guide for a challenging climb? We know a bunch. How about a guide to show you around the Alps? Check. Maybe your kids want to climb and won’t stop going on about it until you book them a trip. Yes, we know guides who are great for beginners, too. Oh, yeah, every guide we know prioritizes SAFETY and FUN. Book with 57hours, we’ve done your work for you. You’re welcome.

Guides running this program

Cody Bradford

Cody began his guiding career with the North Carolina Outward Bound School in 2012 where he received my AMGA Single Pitch Instructor certification in November 2012. Cody gained his AMGA Rock Guide Certification in April 2018.

He believes that a targeted educational approach to his guests' needs and learning styles is the most important ingredient in helping them achieve their dream objectives or gain the skills necessary to practice mountain craft themselves.

Follow him on Instagram @thecodybradford to see #TechTipTuesday where each week he demonstrates a skill or technique to make your climbing more efficient and fun.

Joe Vitti

Course instructor Joe Vitti is one of the region’s most experienced and skilled guides, he is an AMGA Certified Rock Guide and has been climbing in the Gunks for over 25 years.

Joe started climbing as a teenager in Central Connecticut. The combination of creative movement, technical skills, natural environment and wild adventure with great friends created a lifelong obsession. The sport has taken him to amazing places all over the US and the world, from Yosemite Valley to Papua New Guinea. Working as an instructor and guide has allowed Joe to share his passion for our sport with thousands of people over the years. He's developed expertise in both rock and ice climbing, combining diverse experience with professional training and certification from the American Mountain Guides Association to create the highest level experience for his guests. Whether introducing people to the sport or to remote, multi-pitch classics, Joe always seek to customize the experience to best fit the goals and abilities of his guests.

TJ Ciotti

TJ loves fine wine, puppies, and rock and ice climbing. In high school he became hooked after reaching the top of Seneca Rocks in West Virginia. He is particularly fond of traditional climbing at his home crag, the Gunks, in New York.

He has a degree in Education and is currently completing a masters in Expeditionary Studies. TJ enjoys sharing his passion and he is committed to helping all levels of climber learn new skills on and off the mountain.

TJ's an AMGA Certified Rock Guide, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA Ice Instructor Course Graduate, New York State Licensed Guide, Wilderness First Responder and an AIARE (avalanche training) Level 1 Graduate.

Dustin Portzline

Dustin has been climbing since 2005. In 2010 he moved to New Paltz, New York, giving him plenty of time to climb and explore all the Gunks have to offer. He has fallen in love with the many intimate corners of the Shawangunk Ridge.

In 2009 he earned a degree in Environmental Studies from Pennsylvania State University. As a certified AMGA Rock Instructor, he has been guiding for the New Paltz based Mountain Skills Climbing Guides since 2010. He is licensed in New York State for Rock and Ice Climbing, as well as Hiking and Boating. He has been a member of the Access Fund and American Alpine Club since 2007, and he is a Leave No Trace trainer.