Quality fine-grained granite, impressive views, and excellent accessibility—Index, WA, is an underrated gem rivaling the most famous climbing meccas in the US. The routes here are pretty varied, ranging from straight-forward single-pitches to friction slabs and blood-curdling 700 foot (200+ m) walls. And while Index may be notorious for its more challenging routes (up to 5.12c), there’s a decent supply of 5.8 and lower climbs to warm up on. Crack climbing fanatics will feel especially at home here—Index features one of the greatest concentrations of hard and thin crack climbs on the continent. Couple this with the fact that most of the routes are a 15-minute walk from the parking lot away and you get a practical, cohesive and engaging climbing experience guaranteed to leave you wanting more.

  • Hard and fine-grained granite ensures enjoyable climbs

  • Excellent route variety that’ll satisfy all types of climbers

  • Some of the best routes are only a short hike away from the parking area

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Private Trad Climbing Course in Index
Available upon request
Private Multi-Pitch Trad Climbing Course in Index
Available upon request
Private Big Wall and Aid Climbing Course in Index
Available upon request
Private Technical Self Rescue Course in Index
Available upon request
Crack Climbing Course in Index
Available upon request

Meet your guide

The Climbing School
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The Climbing School
The Climbing School is an organization of AMGA Certified Rock Guides dedicated to teaching climbers how to safely and efficiently spend time in the mountains or at the crag. They enjoy sharing their experiences with new and old friends and love pushing themselves and their guests to improve their skills in the mountains.

Things to know

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Index, WA, please refer to the US Government’s international travel guidelines and the Washington State Department of Health’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local rock climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • Two or four days of rock climbing courses depending on your chosen itinerary

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation
      • Accommodations
      • Food and snacks
      • Technical rock climbing equipment
  • Climbing in Index requires decent fitness levels and previous climbing experience. Participants in these courses should have the skill and physical fitness required to take on easy to moderate single and multi-pitch routes on hard granite. To ensure you have a fun day, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.

  • Trad Climbing Course:

      • To participate in this course, you must have taken a previous sport climbing course or have experience top roping outside at a grade of 5.7 or higher and leading inside at a grade of 5.8 or higher.

    Multi-Pitch Trad Climbing Course:

      • Participants are expected to have taken a previous sport climbing course or have experience leading trad climbs at a grade of 5.6 or higher.

    Big Wall and Aid Climbing Course:

      • Before participating in this course, you’re expected to have taken a trad multi-pitch climbing course or have experience leading trad multi-pitch climbs at a grade of 5.8 or higher.

    Technical Self Rescue Course:

      • Participants are expected to have previous experience climbing multi-pitch climbs.

    Crack Climbing Course:

      • Participants are expected to have previous experience with top rope belaying and climbing 5.8 or higher outside.
  • When it comes to technical climbing equipment, you’ll need:

      • Helmet
      • Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
      • Ropes
      • Climbing shoes
      • Cord — 7 mm, 15 feet
      • Prusik cord
      • Sling — 120 cm
      • Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)

    Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:

      • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
      • Water bottle
      • Food you can eat on-the-go
      • Hiking or approach shoes
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional

    You will be provided with a more detailed equipment list upon booking your desired course. If you do not have all of the required items, your guide will work with you to find the best place to buy or rent it.
    Some additional equipment, such as the assisted braking belay device, quickdraws, alpine draws, and micro-traction style device, can be provided by your guide.
    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • The max guest-to-guide ratio for the Trad Climbing Course and the Technical Self Rescue Course is 4:1.
      • The max guest-to-guide ratio for the Multi-Pitch Trad Climbing Course and Crack Climbing Course is 3:1.
      • The max guest-to-guide ratio for the Big Wall and Aid Climbing Course is 2:1.
      • For these private courses, costs per person decrease as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.

    Climbing courses in Index can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Index, WA, most people fly into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport 3 hours away. From there, you can rent a car or take a bus.

    Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

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