Las Vegas, NV, is 20 minutes away by car
Beginner to intermediate
Develop climbing skills and build community in Red Rock
Discover the best of Red Rock climbing in an all-women climbing camp and spend two days exploring some of the best climbs in the area! Under the mentorship of female AMGA Rock Guides Miranda Oakley and Szu-ting Yi, participants will be split into two groups, where you’ll be paired with other women of the same skill level to work together, socialize and have fun.
A women’s two-day camp in Red Rock is designed to show you and other like-minded ladies the best the vertical world outdoors has to offer. Whether you’re taking your climbing from the gym to outdoors or learning to trad climb, you will learn from and become inspired by professional female guides, all while making unforgettable memories. Decades of climbing history combined with a dramatic desert landscape make Red Rock one of the best rock climbing locations in the world. Enjoy two days of climbing the stunning Aztec Sandstone, learn new techniques and make friendships that will last a lifetime!
Women’s Climbing Camps in Red Rock
Intro to Outdoor Climbing
Welcome to intro to both outdoor climbing and making new friends! During this two-day adventure, you will meet other strong-minded women and join your professional female guides to transition your gym climbing skills outdoors while experiencing the best climbing Nevada has to offer! Your weekend will look like:
Day 1: Establishing a baseline
- Climb outside on the warm sandstone of the Red Rock, while reviewing and brushing up on your skills from the gym.
- Learn new protocols for spending time climbing in the outdoors. The day will be spent going over the nuances of climbing and the skills to protect yourself on natural stone and in the elements.
Day 2: Refining skills
- Continue to build on the curriculum from the previous day and refine new skills while they are fresh in your head under the guidance of professionals.
By the end of the weekend, you will learn about:
- Leave No Trace in rock climbing
- Review of figure 8 knots and belaying
- Basic safety guidelines for outdoor climbing: closing the system, ground anchors, rock fall, etc.
- Outdoor climbing techniques
- Quick overview of trad gear placements and anchors
Intro to Trad Climbing
Are you a climber looking to start a lead progression? Take the weekend to go outside and improve your lead climbing skills with a female AMGA-certified guide. Join your all-women group and learn about gear and trad climbing techniques before putting your new skills to use on Red Rock’s best routes. Build community, make long-lasting friendships and create great memories with other women participants and guides! Your weekend will look like:
- Learn about Leave No Trace in traditional climbing
- Trad climbing gear
- Example of standard rack
- What is good protection?
- Slings, quickdraws, cordelettes
- Review proper belay, tie-ins, rappelling, double checks
- 2-4 face pitches with belayed rappels
- Techniques like smearing, edging, palm press
- Learn about anchors and anchor building
- Crack pitches
- Techniques like finger locks, hand jams, lay back, foot jams, rand smears
- Anchor review — Everyone builds an anchor and you will critique anchors together
- Mock leads
- Mock lead, build anchor, fix lead line to anchor, rappel fixed line on belay, clean gear
- Climbing techniques
- Advanced crack- ring locks, offwidths, stemming, chimneys
- Top managed and multi-pitch techniques (if there’s enough time)
Meet Your Guides
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.
AMGA-Certified Rock Guide
Born in Taiwan, she came to the US to study, but fell in love with the sport of climbing. She’s been profiled in Gripped Magazine, has climbed 40 desert towers in one season, and in 2017, Szu-ting successfully completed a north to south traverse of the Wind River Range and summited 33 peaks along the Continental Divide. Besides working as a climbing guide, Szu-ting is the author of four books and has completed multiple first ascents in Asia and Patagonia. Guiding climbing in Red Rocks for many years, she and her husband settled down in Las Vegas in 2019.
Things you need to know
Covid measures in Red Rock Canyon
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 Red Rock Canyon, NV, please visit the Nevada Health Response or the Red Rock Canyon 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 you get in this adventure:
- Two AMGA-certified women Rock Guides from The Mountain Guides
- Two full days of rock climbing in Red Rock Canyon
- All technical climbing gear
What’s not included:
- Meals and snacks
How fit do I need to be?
You need to have a good level of fitness to participate in these two-day camps. For the basic Intro to Outdoor Climbing camp, participants should expect approaches of 15-30 minute hike over easy to moderate hiking terrain. For the more advanced climbers attending Intro to Trad Climbing, 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 two-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.
Red Rock Canyon 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, Red Rock Canyon has loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives as a group, and in two 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, running shoes or hiking shoes
- Technical rock shoes
- Socks: 2 pair — preferably wool
- Synthetic T-shirt
- Fleece or lightweight down sweater
- Lightweight wind shell
- Rain jacket — waterproof and breathable with hood
- Synthetic climbing pant
- 30-40 L backpack
- Sun hat — baseball of full brimmed
- Water bottle or hydration bladder
- (May-Sept) Minimum 3 liters
- (Nov-April) Minimum 2 liters
- Food — energy bars, fruit, sandwiches, trail mix
- Lip balm
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!
Technical gear list
All technical climbing equipment will be provided during this camp. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:
- Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device and chalk bag
- Rock shoes (Can be rented from your guide, but we recommend bringing your own if you have them)
- 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 two-day women’s climbing camps run with a group size of 6-8 people with two guides
- The cost is per person
Open to climbers of all skill levels, participants will be divided into two groups of similar experience and skill level to ensure that everyone gets the most out of their experience.
What is the minimum age requirement?
Everybody over the age of 21 is welcome to book this women’s climbing camp.
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!
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
To get to Red Rock Canyon, most people fly into McCarran International Airport (LAS). The Las Vegas Strip is a 20-minute car ride away from the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
On the day of your climb, you will meet with your guide at the West end of Las Vegas, 11720 West Charleston blvd, and make your way as a group to the Red Rock Canyon.
This camp is operated by
The Mountain Guides
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.