Women’s Weekend Climbing Camp in City of Rocks

City of Rocks | Idaho
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Top three reasons to go rock climbing in City of Rocks

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    Strike up new friendships with strong and like-minded ladies

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    Develop your skills with expert female guides on quality granite

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    Soak up the expansive landscapes as you climb

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 the area and developing your skills! Under the mentorship of a team of female 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, make life-long friendships, and have tons of fun. Learn about the rich history of the area, enjoy the amazing scenery, and make some great memories!

Season

June through September

Nearest city

Boise, ID, is 2.5 hours away

Duration

3 days

Skill level

Beginner to intermediate

Itineraries

Choose how you spend your days

Beginner “City Girls” Weekend Climbing Camp

3 Days

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

Advanced “City Girls” Weekend Climbing Camp

3 Days

The advanced weekend is for ladies who already have some experience but want to upgrade their sport and trad climbing skills. 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!

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Itineraries

Basic “City Girls” Weekend Climbing Camp

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
Girls at the base of a climb in City of Rocks

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)
A woman climbing in City of Rocks

Advanced “City Girls” Weekend Climbing Camp

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
A female cimber in City of Rocks

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)
A woman belaying in City of Rocks
Reviews

Reviews (4)

Diana Porter about The Mountain Guides on 57hours

Great weekend climbing and learning new skills at City of Rocks with other like minded women. Rebecca Yaguda and Laura B were awesome, very articulate with instruction and supportive.

Liz about The Mountain Guides on The Mountain Guides’ website

Wow! What can I say? Thank you! I never thought I’d climb again and you guys gave me the confidence and encouragement to do it again. Today’s hike was long, but the view was well worth it. Thanks for sharing a part of your life with me. Thanks again.

Iryna Hlushakova about The Mountain Guides on The Mountain Guides’ website

We love JHMG – we have climbed with them twice already. We could not have done this without our wonderful guides who helped us with the reservations and logistics. On both occasions, we had a unique, both challenging and fun experience. More importantly, it was very safe. So worth it!

Jeannie Oestreicher about The Mountain Guides on The Mountain Guides’ website

The experience was beautiful, challenging, and memorable. Our guide was polite and accommodating, pushing me when I seemed to need it, lending an extra hand when required.

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Covid measures in City of Rocks, Idaho

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 traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in City of Rocks, Idaho, please refer to City Of Rocks National Reserve, Idaho’s Government Website for COVID-19, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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 on 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
    • Technical climbing gear
    • Morning hot water and coffee
    • Group kitchen
    • Campsite fee
    • Sun showers

What’s not included:

    • Transportation
    • Accommodations
    • Food
    • Camping equipment (sleeping bags, tents, pad available to rent)
    • Personal equipment

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 about required equipment?

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 belay device and chalk bag
    • Rappelling devices
    • Climbing shoes
    • Three locking carabiners
    • 4 shoulder-length slings
    • Roll of 2-inch athletic tape
    • Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)

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

    • Synthetic top and bottoms
    • Synthetic socks
    • Warm hat (has to fit under helmet)
    • Warm gloves
    • Puffy jacket
    • Wind jacket
    • Rain jacket
    • Rain Pants
    • Loose fitting climbing pants
    • Shorts
    • Long and short sleeve t-shirt
    • Sun hat
    • Durable approach shoes
    • Flip-flops
    • Backpack large enough to carry all the items (35-40 L backpack)
    • 2 L of water
    • Insulated cup
    • Bowl and spoon
    • Sleeping bag and sleeping pad
    • Tent
    • Food you can eat on-the-go
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, lip balm bug spray, toilet paper, extra contact lenses, prescription glasses, etc.)
    • Headlamp
    • Small first aid kit
    • Sunglasses
    • Camera — optional

Your guiding service will provide a stove, fuel pots, pans, cooking utensils, and 5-gallon water containers. 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.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

    • The usual guest to guide ratio for these adventures is 4:1.
    • The maximum number of participants is 10.
    • These events are priced as a group with a four-person minimum.
    • Cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows.

Climbing days in City of Rocks 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.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to City of Rocks, most people fly into Salt Lake City International Airport about 4 hours away from City of Rocks. From there, you can fly to Twin Falls and drive to City of Rocks, rent a car or take a bus and taxi. Other options include flying into Jackson Hole Airport 4 hours away, Reno-Tahoe International Airport 8 hours away, or Idaho Falls Regional Airport 2 hours away.

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, you will meet your guides at City of Rocks RV Park at 2 pm. Please note that the City of Rocks clinic is held in a remote location. The campsites are #36, 37 & 38. All the campsites in the City of Rocks are dispersed throughout the park. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

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