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City of Rocks | Idaho

Women’s Weekend Climbing Camp in City of Rocks

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June to August

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Nearest city

Salt Lake City is just under 3 hours away

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3 days

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Skill level

Beginner to intermediate

A weekend to gain new climbing skills and life-long friendships

City of Rocks is a mecca for climbing! Set in rural Idaho, this National Reserve offers the best varnished and pocketed granite. Discover the best of climbing in City of Rocks during an all-women’s climbing camp and spend three days exploring some of the best climbs in the area! Under the mentorship of a team of women AMGA-certified guides, participants will be split into small groups, where you’ll be paired with other women of the same skill level to work together, socialize and have fun. Learn about the rich history of the area, enjoy the amazing scenery, and make some great memories!

Women’s Rock Climbing Weekend in City of Rocks

Basic “City Girls” Weekend Climbing Camp

$525 per person · 3 Days

Join your expert female guides during this basic rock climbing camp and learn about belaying a top rope climber and lead climber. A weekend in City of Rocks is all about having fun and mastering some basic rock climbing moves and techniques. Learn all about knots, protection, anchors, and movement on the rock, and spend three days climbing in the impressive City of Rocks. Explore the inspirational scenery, discover the thrill of climbing, and make new friends along the way!

Day 1: Establishing a baseline

    • 2:00 pm: Start arriving at the City of Rocks RV Park and meet with your team and guides and fellow camp participants to establish a baseline for individual goals and get to know your team
    • 4:00 pm: Learn the basics of climbing terminologies, commands, knots, and belay skills and practice new skills for the rest of the afternoon
    • 6:30 pm: Coil up the ropes
    • 7:45 pm: Dinner at Tracy’s


Days 2 & 3: Refining skills

    • 6:00-9:00 am: Coffee, hot water and personal breakfast served
    • 9:00 am: Depart from camp to the base of the crag to begin the day of climbing, belaying, movements and skills
    • 12:00 pm: Lunch with your group
    • 1:00 pm: Spend the afternoon climbing and cement your new movement skills by creating some muscle memory, all the while encouraging each other and making new climbing partners
    • 5:00 pm: Coil up the ropes
    • 6:30 pm: Dinner at the Rock City in Almo (Saturday night)
    • After dinner: Take a dip in the Almo hot springs (optional)

Advanced “City Girls” Weekend Climbing Camp

$525 per person · 3 Days

The advanced weekend is for ladies who have already gained some experience but want to learn more about safety, and sport and trad anchors movement. Spend three days in the amazing City of Rocks and take on new challenges! This enchanting climbing area boasts dozens of classic climbs in the moderate range, making it the perfect destination for expanding one’s repertoire of climbing skills. Meet new rock climbing enthusiasts, create life-long memories and conquer new heights with the help of amazing expert female guides!

Day 1: Establishing a baseline

    • 2:00 pm: Start arriving at the City of Rocks RV Park and meet with your team and guides and fellow camp participants to establish a baseline for individual goals and get to know your team
    • 4:00 pm: Learn about sport and trad climbing, anchors, and safety and practice new skills for the rest of the afternoon
    • 6:30 pm: Coil up the ropes
    • 7:45 pm: Dinner at Tracy’s


Days 2 & 3: Refining skills

    • 6:00-9:00 am: Coffee, hot water and personal breakfast served
    • 9:00 am: Depart from camp to the base of the crag to begin the day of climbing, belaying, movements and skills
    • 12:00 pm: Lunch with your group
    • 1:00 pm: Spend the afternoon climbing and practice movements and skills at a harder grade to improve your personal level of climbing
    • 5:00 pm: Coil up the ropes
    • 6:30 pm: Dinner at the Rock City in Almo (Saturday night)
    • After dinner: Take a dip in the Almo hot springs (optional)

Meet Your Guides

Rebecca Yaguda

Rebecca Yaguda

AMGA Apprentice Ski, Rock and Alpine Guide
Rebecca “Guda” Yaguda is an AMGA Apprentice Ski and Rock Guide and an AIARE Instructor who originally hails from New Jersey and Vermont, where she utilized the world-class ice to develop herself as a State Champion and collegiate alpine ski racer. When she moved out west in 2010, she discovered rock climbing and powder skiing, and never looked back. She has worked in outdoor education for ten years, primarily as a rock climbing, winter camping, backcountry skiing and backpacking instructor at NOLS. When not guiding, Guda enjoys climbing on any rock formation she can find, riding her mountain bike, and exploring the incredible ski lines of the Tetons.

Miranda Oakley

Miranda Oakley

AMGA-Certified Rock Guide
Miranda Oakley has been a climber for over 20 years and enjoys all types of rock climbing from bouldering to grade VI big walls. She has been an AMGA-certified Rock Guide since 2016 and has been guiding since 2007. She has done first ascents around the world including climbs in Patagonia, the Eastern Sierra and British Columbia. She has climbed Yosemite’s El Capitan over 20 times, including the first female solo ascent of The Nose in less than one day. Miranda loves sharing her knowledge of technical skills and is stoked to help teach people how to become confident and self-sufficient in the vertical world.

Izzy Lazarus

Izzy Lazarus

AMGA-Certified Single-Pitch Instructor and AMGA Apprentice Rock, Alpine and Splitboard Guide
Izzy grew up in the heart of NYC but found a passion for climbing when she moved to Vermont for college. While balancing in-classroom education and outdoor adventure, Izzy started working for a local climbing gym and guiding service and for her college’s outdoor program. That road led her west to work for the Colorado Outward Bound School, teaching mountaineering, skiing and rock climbing programs year round. After several years of extended wilderness expeditions, she has found herself in the Tetons to take people on their high alpine adventures.

Lisa Van Sciver

Lisa Van Sciver

Senior Guide
Lisa began climbing in 1996 and skiing at a young age in the 80’s. Her desire to play in the mountains brought her to the Tetons in 2003, where she continues to live today. Her first few years out of college she recreated avidly and completed achievements like the first all-female ski descent of The Grand Teton and five Alaskan expeditions. In 2009 Lisa began guiding for Jackson Hole Mountain Guides and Alaska Mountaineering School. In the winters she works for the Jackson Hole Ski Patrol and the Bridger Teton Avalanche Center. When she is not working Lisa can be found climbing desert towers, ski traversing the Wind Rivers or having a good time exploring the closest wild mountain range.

Aimee Barnes

Amiee Barnes

AMGA-Certified Rock Guide
Aimee started climbing in 1980 and guiding in 1985. She was a member of the 1990 U.S. Women’s climbing team and has competed at a World Cup level. Her professional career has been dedicated to developing the skills of new climbers, while inspiring seasoned climbers to achieve their goals. In 1995, Amy launched the Women’s Network with the “City Girls” event in City of Rocks, Idaho. Since that first event, the Women’s Network has been empowering women in climbing ever since. In the spring and fall seasons, Aimee can be found in the canyons of southeast Utah, overseeing Jackson Hole Mountain Guides’ Moab Branch.

Peggy Flavin

Peggy Flavin

AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
Peggy started climbing on Southern Illinois sandstone and started guiding even further South in North Carolina and Kentucky. She’s spent a lot of summers exploring in the Tetons, where she started guiding for the Mountain Guides in the summer of 2020. Her favorite adventure route in the Tetons is the Black Ice— West Face combination on the dark side of the Grand. You can also find her guiding for the Mountain Guides in Moab, home of classic desert towers and the world’s best crack climbing. She thinks climbing on rock, ice, and everything in between is pretty fun, and there’s nothing she likes more than sharing that with people who want to learn new skills and have adventures in the mountains.

Things you need to know

Covid measures in City of Rocks

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, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in City of Rocks, Idaho, please visit the City Of Rocks National Reserve or Visit Idaho website.

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’s included?

What you get in this adventure:

  • An all-women team of AMGA-certified Rock Climbing Guides from The Mountain Guides
  • Three full days of rock climbing in City of Rocks
  • All technical climbing gear
  • Campsite fee
  • Group kitchen
  • Morning hot water and coffee
  • Sun showers

What’s not included:

  • Transportation
  • Accommodation
  • Meals and snacks
  • Camping equipment (available to rent)

How fit do I need to be?

You need to have a good level of fitness to participate in these three-day camps. For the Basic “City Girls” Weekend Camp, participants should expect approaches of 15-30 minute hike over easy to moderate hiking terrain. For the more advanced climbers attending the Advanced “City Girls” Weekend, this camp is physical and requires fitness and stamina to access the climbs and climb them. The approach to most climbs is approximately an hour on uneven terrain.

What if I’ve never climbed before?

These three-day camps are for beginner to intermediate climbers looking to develop existing skills and build community with other like-minded women. Participants will be split into groups depending on experience level.

City of Rocks has plenty of options for beginner climbers. Whether you’ve never climbed before or are transitioning from the gym to outdoor climbing, your guide will customize the day to suit your skill level and objectives. With a guide by your side, you’ll learn something new, stay safe on the rocks, and most importantly, have fun!

For intermediate climbers, City of Rocks has loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives as a group, and in three days, you’ll progress your lead climbing skills with female AMGA-certified guides. Let your guides plan the weekend so you can focus on developing your skills and bond with other female participants while climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

  • Sticky rubber approach shoes, hiking boots or a lightweight mountaineering boot
  • Rock shoes for technical rock routes — available for rent
  • Socks — 1-2 pair, sized for your boots and blister prevention
  • Synthetic/wool long underwear top
  • Synthetic T-shirt
  • Insulating jacket: lightweight down or synthetic
  • Soft shell or a wind jacket
  • Rain jacket — waterproof/breathable with hood
  • Synthetic/wool long underwear bottom
  • Hiking short or pant for approach
  • Synthetic climbing pant
  • Rain pant
  • Backpack — 30-40 L
  • Sun hat — baseball of full brimmed
  • Water bottle or hydration bladder — 2L
  • Food — energy bars, fruit, sandwiches, trail mix
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat or visor
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Insect repellent
  • First aid — blister care, analgesic, etc.
  • Bandana
  • Camera — optional

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans. The sun can be intense and hydration is vital! Hydrate the night before your adventure.

Technical gear list

All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:

  • Helmet
  • Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device and chalk bag
  • Ropes
  • Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)

Why should I book with 57hours?

With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.

What about group sizes and pricing?

  • These three-day women’s climbing camps are priced as a group with a four-person minimum
  • The cost is per person

Open to climbers of all skill levels, participants will be divided into groups of similar experience and skill level to ensure that everyone gets the most out of their experience. Private and custom trips are available. Contact us to make arrangements.

What is the minimum age requirement?

Everybody over the age of 18 is welcome to book these women’s climbing camps.

What about bad weather?

As the saying goes, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad preparation.” You can expect your guides to be fully prepared for anything. Inclement weather can always get in the way of climbing, but your guide will know the best spots to move to if the weather takes a turn.

On the rare occasion of truly bad weather, your guide will present you with suitable alternatives. The most common practice is to move to a nearby location if it exists, or to reschedule your climbing to a more favorable day.

If climbing is not possible on your scheduled day and no options presented are viable, you will be issued a full refund.

Do I need an insurance policy?

We highly recommended that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

Cancellation policy

With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.

For this adventure, 57hours offers a Moderate Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations fourteen (14) to twenty nine (29) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. For cancellations zero (0) to thirteen (13) days in advance, the Client is not entitled to any refund.

For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.

Getting there and meeting location

City of Rocks National Reserve is located in south-central Idaho near the town of Almo. To get to City of Rocks,there are a few options for flying:

  • Salt Lake City International Airport is around a 4-hour drive away
  • Jackson Hole Airport in Jackson, WY, is around a 4-hour drive away
  • Idaho Falls Regional Airport is around 2 hours of driving
  • Reno-Tahoe International Airport in Reno, NV, is around an 8-hour drive away

If flying, your best bet is to rent a car. A variety of car rental companies are available at all the airports. An email list of participants will be sent out ahead of time to help you coordinate travel schedules and carpooling options.

Please note that the City of Rocks clinic is held in a remote location. Our campsites are #36, 37 & 38. All the campsites in the City of Rocks are dispersed throughout the park. On the first afternoon, you will meet your group at the City of Rocks RV Park, where your adventure begins!

This camp is operated by

The Mountain Guides

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The Mountain Guides have been leading desert and mountain adventures in the Western U.S. since 1968. They offer the unique experience of discovering the vertical world with some of America’s most experienced mountain guides. Accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), they run everything from climbing courses to ski mountaineering. People of all ages who seek outdoor adventure can find the Mountain Guides’ program appropriate for their ambitions.

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