Introduction to rock climbing in Bear Valley, California (Full day)


The certified guides from SWS Mountain Guides will take you on this spectacular full day introduction to rock climbing in Bear Valley, California, not far from Lake Tahoe and the Bay Area, and a truly beautiful and idyllic place to learn the basic skills, techniques and confidence needed to begin rock climbing.

Sierra Nevada (California)

1 Day

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep


First Time


  • Learn to rock climb in the spectacular Bear Valley, California!
  • Learn the basic skills, techniques and confidence needed to tackle climbs
  • Admire the beautiful views out over the Californian countryside


If you join me on this fun and exciting full-day introduction to rock climbing in Bear Valley, California, you will gain the confidence, skills and techniques needed to begin rock climbing on a variety of routes and surfaces, as we climb up the spectacular rock formations that frame Bear Valley, with absolutely incredible views out over the quintessential Californian countryside.

Bear Valley is nestled within the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California, approximately 2 hours from the Bay Area and halfway between Yosemite and Lake Tahoe. It is a popular outdoor activity destination all-year-round, and is one of the most popular rock climbing locale’s in California.

Our adventure begins in the morning, when we meet at our office in the town of Bear Valley, and initially we will run through all relevant safety instructions and equipment, and how to best put them in to practice.

The course and curriculum is designed for people with minimal or no prior climbing experience, and thus we will cover the fundamentals of rock climbing in detail.

Some of the skills and techniques covered throughout the day include equipment, basic climbing techniques, belay techniques, lowering climbers, route finding, setting up top rope anchors and basic knots.

There will be ample time to put all of these in to practice, with a wide array of beginner climbing routes available, enabling you to go at your own pace to truly master the skills we have learned.

The views out over the surrounding countryside are sublime, with the alpine forests and lakes stretching out in to the distance, creating a sumptuous setting and relaxed vibe to proceedings.

At the end of the day hopefully you will have gotten hooked on the highly addictive activity of rock climbing, and increased your desire to return to the magnificent Bear Valley.

Learn to rock climb in one of California’s most gorgeous spots – book now to secure your place!


Day 1: Meet, Rock Climb, Finish

Meet in morning in Bear Valley, rock climb all day, finish.



Meeting point

Bear Valley, California, USA


About the guide

Since 1981, we have been California's leader in guided mountaineering. From the Eastern Sierra to Mt. Shasta, we guide all of California 14ners and internationally.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 176 Each

Group of 2

USD 176 Each

Group of 3

USD 176 Each

Group of 4

USD 176 Each

Group of 5

USD 176 Each

Group of 6

USD 176 Each

Group of 7

USD 176 Each

Group of 8

USD 176 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

Minimum of 2 people required for a trip.



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