Technical Rock Climbing Skills

Chockstone Climbing Guides wants to help take your climbing to the next level.

Climber spreading her arms to grip a large rock while ascending a route at Smith Rock

Personalized attention to help you achieve your climbing goals

Ready to take your climbing to the next level? Looking to gain specific technical skills? We can design the day/s to help you learn essential rock climbing techniques and achieve your personal goals. Work with an AMGA Certified Guide/instructor who can provide the opportunities to learn and practice the skills at a pace and focus that fits your goals, experience and ability.

Climber ascending a rock while learning technical skills at Smith Rock State Park

Essential Rock Climbing Techniques

  • Lead climbing
  • Trad leading
  • Trad gear placement
  • Self Rescue Skills for recreational climbing
  • Advanced Self Rescue Skills
  • Multi-Pitch Systems
  • Descent Skills-Short Roping/Rappel skills
  • Crack Climbing Technique
  • Aid Climbing
  • Lead belay
A climber using a wedge to grip the rock while learning how to lead climb at Smith Rock State Park

Gain Technical Skills in a Private Guided Day Trip or Climbing Course

Chockstone Climbing Guides strives to make outdoor rock climbing accessible and enjoyable for all who are interested. Put your mind at ease by learning essential rock climbing techniques from a professional, certified guide. Book a private guided day trip and we'll tailor a day of climbing and learning suited to your goals. Some of the technical skills we cover are also taught in group classes on specific dates, so check out our group classes page to see if a group class matches your preferred date. We're excited to help take your technical skills to the next level. Let's go climbing!


Hire a Smith Rock climbing guide today!
Boy scout youth climber climbing a route at Smith Rock above the Crooked River

Trip Details

Book your Smith Rock climbing trip today!

If you still have questions about your climbing day at Smith Rock or any of our climbing programs please do not hesitate to contact us

Full Day

1 person $350 a day
2 people $200 per person
3 person $145 a day
4 people $115 per person
5+ people $90 per person
A full day can go up to 8 hours. Most people climb 6 to 8 hours. The full day allows for more time to climb and move to different parts of Smith Rock State Park. Some climbing goals will require a full day.


1 person $320 a day
2 people $180 per person
3 person $130 a day
4 people $100 per person
5+ people $85 per person
The half-day is designed for those with a limited time commitment, families and younger children. Half days run 4 hrs and we climb at one of the more easily accessible areas in the park to best maximize time on the rock. The curriculum may include basic knots, belaying, movement technique and lots of time on the rock!
Climbing gear

All necessary climbing gear is included. We will provide climbing shoes, harness and helmet at no additional charge. Let us know your gear needs upon reservation. You are welcome to bring your personal climbing gear if you prefer.

Physical ability

We welcome all experience levels. No previous climbing experience or special training  is required to enjoy a fun, rock climbing experience. Rock climbing is more balance,  footwork, leg strength  and less emphasis on upper body strength.  If it is your first time rock climbing, you need only a general level of fitness similar for any outdoor activity:

  • Comfortable, confident  hiking on trails and uneven terrain
  • Comfortable in high desert climate  outside for 4-8 hrs
  • We will choose appropriate climbs to suit your needs and ability.
Start times

We do not have set start times. With the half day you choose your 4 hour window. For the full day you decide on a start time with a full day of climbing in mind. Our days start as early as 7:00 am and we can climb until sunset.

Meet up location

You will meet your climbing guide at Smith Rock State Park. You will receive a tour confirmation email and guide check-in call the evening prior to confirm the exact meeting location details.

Guide Contact

Your guide will contact you by cell phone the evening prior to your climbing date to go over details; confirm meet up location and time, review your climbing goals, get gear needs or any information specific to your trip.

What to bring
  • Bring water (2 liters minimum each person for hot summer days). Water bottles can be filled at the parking area of Smith Rock State Park.
  • A hearty sack lunch and packable snacks.
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and perhaps a sun hat.
  • A backpack; large enough to include, water, lunch, snacks, as well as personal climbing gear (shoes, harness, helmet). If you do not have a suitable backpack, we can provide one. Let your guide know ahead of time.
  • Extra clothing in case of colder weather. (see below for details).
What to wear
  • Dress for the season and forecasted weather. Wear clothing appropriate for being active outdoors.
  • Shorts, tights, loose fitting pants, or sweatpants are appropriate.
    Top: T-shirt, sport top. Extra long sleeve layers even in the summer, the shade in the mornings can be cool.
  • Rugged outdoor footwear is recommended such as hiking shoes or tennis shoes. Open toed shoes and sandals are not advised.
Smith Rock State Park Entrance Fee

Smith Rock State Park Entrance Fee a $5.00 parking pass is required and can be bought at one of the credit card self pay kiosks. The kiosk accepts cash and credit cards. An annual Oregon State Park pass works as well.

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Our AMGA Accreditation helps assure our clients receive the highest professional standards in our industry.
Our AMGA Accreditation helps assure our clients receive the highest professional standards in our industry.