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

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

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.

Private and Group

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!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Rope

- Harness

- Helmet

Price details

Includes: Professional Guides, helmet, harness, all technical rock equipment, permits and permit fees.

Note: Group Rock Climbing Trips are available from 4-30 give us a call for a quote - Bear Valley Rock Climbing - Memorial Day (Late May) through September.


Day 1: Meet, Rock Climb, Finish

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


About the guide

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Mountain 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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What people are saying about SWS



Excellent experience with my guide Ben and SWS. Was able to summit Mt Whitney via the mountaineer’s route thanks to Ben’s understanding of the mountain and assessment of my capabilities. Great experience that exceeded my expectations.



Overall, the fair evaluation for the SWS Mountain Guides and the guide assigned to me is 3 stars. Reasons: 1. The guide did not seem to remember or respect the fact that I was new to mountaineering and that the name of program is called “introduction to mountaineering...”. For example, the guide set his own time for walking and resting without any concern to my physical ability for that timing. The guide walked ahead many times and didn’t even notice when I fell a few times. I understand the guide is not the insurer of safety or a hand holder, but a complete abrasive approach to the service is not right, especially when it’s a paid service. Perhaps, the guide is not a right choice for introduction tours. 2. There was a miscommunication with timing of the summit day. I thought we would start summiting around 5am the next day; however, I was told less than 15 hours before that we would start hiking at 1am the next day from base camp. We arrived at base camp early afternoon, and I’m wired up, hot, and not prepared to fall asleep between 5pm-12am, thus, I didn’t sleep at all. I attempted the summit hike but around 12k feet the sleep deprivation was killing me and I was catching myself falling asleep and my body trying to lay down while waking. The guide didn’t seem to concerned about this. Lack of empathy. Eventually, I had to insist we turn around because I didn’t want to go beyond 30 hours of no sleep and still have to descend from the summit. 3. The guide did help set up the tent and food. The guide did explain layers of clothes on and off and why. The guide did help instruct how to pack and why. 4. Overall, I feel this guide is best suited for advanced climbers not introduction courses as he seems to be more of a “ill walk ahead of you” not “ill walk with you” type of guide.



This was an amazing trip and overall super positive experience with SWS Mountain Guides. I had a great guide with lots of mountain experience and many cool stories to share!



Such a difficult, but the most amazing experience! Something you will never forget!



One of the best experiences we ever had. Amazing trip with lots of excitement, challenges and action - all in the most beautiful scenery. Our guide Matt played a crucial role making this trip a life time experience. Hi-fives to Matt and thanks for being the best guide! Best, Gustav and Mikael

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