Intro to Rock – Learn to Climb Outside

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Sun’s out guns out! Moving through the crux of Fantasy Land (5.9), Stone Hill.

This program is designed for those looking to either start rock climbing or those who are ready to climb outside the gym.

In this 2-day program we’ll cover the fundamentals of movement over rock, as well as rope work and anchor building. Those who complete this intro to rock course will gain a thorough understanding of outdoor climbing and will have hands-on experience for safe and fun outings to the crags.

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Enjoying an afternoon climb on Lakeside Wall, Stone Hill.

You will learn:

  • Knots

  • Belaying and Rope Work

  • Rappelling

  • Climbing Technique

  • Communication

  • Top Rope Anchors

ITINERARY:

  • Day 1: Meet at our office at 9 a.m. to finalize course paperwork. After a brief classroom session the group will head to Stone Hill to begin the day’s field instruction. We will cover safety basics, fundamentals of movement and rope work. The day will finish by 5 p.m., when we will establish camp, go for a swim and cook dinner.

  • Day 2: After a power breakfast we will head out for a full day of climbing at Stone Hill! Nothing beats waking up at the crag and enjoying a full day to practice your newfound skills. We will return to Columbia Falls around 5 p.m.

EQUIPMENT LIST

CLIMBING GEAR - INCLUDED
PERSONAL GEAR
CAMPING GEAR

This program takes place exclusively at Stone Hill, due to the area’s diverse climbing options and fantastic weather.

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The black, quartzite bluffs distinct to the Lake Koocanusa area.

The crags at Stone Hill above Lake Koocanusa offer some of the highest quality rock climbing in northwest Montana. Soaring, black quartzite bluffs distinguish the area from the densely forested foothills surrounding it. Stone Hill is known for its smooth texture, thin holds and dead-vertical faces. If you’re looking for a unique climbing getaway, let us show you the best of what Stone Hill has to offer.

90-MINUTE DRIVE FROM COLUMBIA FALLS
BEST SEASON: MAY – OCTOBER
ROUTES: 500+
DIFFICULTY: 5.7 – 5.12d

Participants will stay the night at the crag, which offers great camping options and swimming nearby. The nearest town, Rexford, is very close and offers a general store, swimming beach and pub/restaurant.

*Transportation fees will apply for those opting to return to the Valley for the night.

Columbia Falls is located in northwest Montana and is known as “The Gateway to Glacier.”

The town is also a short drive from the North Fork of the Flathead River, and is surrounded by the Whitefish, Livingston and Swan mountain ranges and several national and state forests. While small, it’s a prime destination for skiing, hiking and camping, with enough amenities to keep you more than comfortable.

Drive times to Columbia Falls:

Glacier International Airport (FCA): 15 min.
Missoula International Airport (MSO): 2-3 hrs.
Whitefish Train Depot: 20 min.

Hotels: River Rock Hostel, Historic Tamarack Lodge, Whitefish Lake Lodge, Grouse Mountain Lodge, call us for more suggestions!

Cost includes:

Guide(s)

Group gear

Food

Transportation from the office

Does not include:

Hotel costs before, during, or after the trips

Transportation from lodging to office

Equipment rental

Ready to book? You have the option to either call and book via phone or through our secure Online Reservation System.

Need more information?

Free inquiries can be made by calling us at 877-735-9514 or emailing Greg Fortin, owner and lead guide.

All participants must read and sign an Assumption of Risks/Liability Waiver, fill out our Guide Questionnaire and agree to our Reservations and Cancellations Policies.