Rock Climbing Skills Course - Intermediate (Yosemite)

It's NOT too late!

Take your climbing to new heights with a 6-day multi-pitch skills course at the legendary climbing mecca that is Yosemite National Park in California's Eastern Sierra. 

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What to Expect:

In this course, you can expect to learn everything to take your climbing skills to the next level. Ever wonder how people climb the tallest walls in the world? This training will teach you the fundamental skills to start this journey. You can expect to learn multi-pitch belaying and climbing, traditional climbing techniques, and advanced rope management skills. This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn more about climbing or start their epic climbing career off right! 

Cost Comparisons

Yosemite Mountaineering School: $379/day*
Sierra Mountain Guides: $275/day*
Alpenglow/IUOA: $125/day

*Keep in mind, these are guided trips whereas Alpenglow will be teaching you how to guide. 

Challenge Description:

Despite the fact that many IU Outdoor Adventures trips are designed for beginners*, there are still inherent risks associated with the challenges of certain outdoor activities. We want to provide you with an unbiased perspective of what those challenges are so you may make an educated decision regarding your participation.

*This rock climbing course requires no prior experience with multi-pitch climbing. However, there are pre-requisites (listed below) that you are expected to comply to in order to fully participate.

You can expect to hike multiple miles per day (~4) as well as climb some of California's tallest peaks! You should be comfortable climbing easy rock climbs and in reasonable shape for these activities. You must also be able to carry a ~40 lb backpack. Keep in mind you'll also be using the bathroom outdoors, sleeping on the ground outside, and living in a communal campground for the week.

Mental challenges vary by individual. Participants should be prepared for group interaction with limited time alone. The group will spend many days in backcountry areas that will require the group cohesion and teamwork. 


Ability to climb 5.8+ (top rope) with confidence.

Experience climbing outdoors (preferred).

Ability to belay top rope.

Ability to lead belay (preferred).

Proficiency with the following knots/hitches:
- "EDK"
- Clove Hitch
- Figure 8 follow-thru
- Prusik
- Double Fisherman's
- Girth Hitch
- Munter
- Munter Mule

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Fee:  $0.00
  Flight NOT included
  FREE IUOA Membership (when your register)
  Payment plans available!

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  • I participated in this course in 2013 and is one of the more memorable experiences of my life still today. With a little bit of prior experience, you don't have to be a die-hard climber to appreciate the amazing feelings and views associated with multi-pitch climbing. Climbing Yosemite should be on every adventurer's bucket list.