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Difficulty descriptions are by nature very subjective. The categories below represent generalized distinctions in terrain, level of commitment, time spent at elevation and overall trip duration. Level of commitment refers to the ability to opt out of activities such as peak ascents from a base camp. A committing trip requires a daily mileage to be completed each day.

These trips typically travel on groomed trails at a leisurely pace. You can expect maintained trails, gentle grades and more flexibility in terms of your destination for the day. Hikers will carry mainly the essentials in a light daypack and travel anywhere from 3 to 8 miles depending on the trip or preference.

Moderate- Basecamps
These include hiking, backpacking, or stock-supported trips that take place mostly on maintained trails to get to camp. These trips hike into a set basecamp and then offer optional destinations with varying degrees of challenge. You can expect modest climbs on uneven terrain. Total distances are often 4-7 miles of hiking per day over 3-4 days of hiking.

These trips include on- and off-trail hiking or backpacking or stock-supported trips. The trails can consist of uneven terrain with modest to difficult climbs and some steep passes (gains of 1000-2000’). These trips are typically 3-5 days in duration but can be longer. For backpacking trips, they can include carrying a fully weighted pack (30-42lbs) and travel 6-10 miles per day.

These trips include on- and off-trail hiking, backpacking or stock-supported trips with uneven terrain and steep grades and passes. These trips are more physically and mentally challenging and usually 7-8 days in duration. For backpacking trips, pack weight will consist of (30-40lbs). Because these types of trips have a required mileage to complete each day, the level of commitment is high. Trips in this category spend significant time at higher elevations and often cover 8-12+ miles per day with average gains/losses of 1,500-3,000’ per day. The most successful people on these trips have some prior overnight backcountry experience.

These trips include on- and off-trail hiking or backpacking on uneven terrain with steep grades. These trips travel 10-12+ miles per day and can vary from 8-21 days in length. Given the mileage and duration, there is an increased amount of physical and mental challenge throughout the trip. Pack weights will consist of 35-45lbs depending on the resupply schedule. Because these types of trips have a required mileage to complete each day, the level of commitment to reach your destination is high. The most successful people on these trips have extensive overnight backcountry experience.

Rock Climbing Day

About the trip

Get out and climb! Come experience the scenic crags and domes of the southern Yosemite high country. This incredible area grants you access to more than 1,000 different climbs including Fresno Dome, Shuteye Ridge and The Balls areas. Whether its sport, trad, top-roping or multi-pitch routes, the area has lots to offer in all climbing styles. Your guide will ask you about your experience, skills, and goals for the day and choose routes most appropriate for your interests and ability. Our goal is to provide a safe and enjoyable day out on the rock. From fun family outings to introducing advanced climbers to a new area, we want to make the most of your rock climbing experience!

Our professional guides have spent years perfecting their climbing skills in and around Yosemite and hold certifications commiserate with the level of guiding they provide. All of our guides are exceptionally personable individuals who look forward to not only teaching and guiding you in these spectacular locations, but getting to know you as well.

Equipment: We provide all ropes & climbing protection. We can also provide rock climbing shoes, harnesses & helmets free of charge as indicated on your registration form.

Meals: Meals are not provided. Please bring snacks & light lunch food, as well as 2 liters of water.

Your Cost Includes: All climbing gear (as noted above) and professional climbing guide(s).

Not Included: Transportation, personal gear (except as noted above), lunch and water, tips for guides (10-20% of trip cost is typical).

Preparation: No experience required. We cater to all levels of physical and technical proficiency.


Meet at your hotel, or other designated location in Southern Yosemite. You'll follow your guide in your vehicle to the climbing sites (all roads are accessible with a two-wheel drive vehicle, though an SUV style vehicle may be more comfortable on the dirt roads). All climbs are catered to your own abilities and interests. Tell your guide your goals and they will do their best to meet your needs. Some possible options are:

Spend a day pushing your limits on the granite ridges of the Willow Creek Walls. Whether you’re here for a fun afternoon or a full day, the Willow Creek area offers fun and challenging climbing for the entire spectrum of climbers.

For the more experienced climber, spend a full day cragging steeper walls at Hawk Dome or climb above the trees on one of Fresno Dome’s numerous multi-pitch routes. These climbs range from 200 to 600 feet and provide a challenge for any level of climber.

Trip Details

Full Day: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Half Day: 9:00am - 1:00pm or 2:00pm-6:00pm

Group size
1-6 climbers per guide

Difficulty Rating


Full Day $425 for 1 Guide with up to 2 participants $95 for each additional participant up to 6 people Half Day $325 for 1 Guide with up to 2 participants $75 for each additional participant up to 6 people

Dates of trip in 2020
Daily June 1 - October 1. Call for availability in the off-season, 800-231-4575.


Our guide Benton did a great job setting up a climbing experience that was appropriate for my daughter's first time climbing outdoors in a setting accessible enough for my wife and younger kids to watch.

-Ross T, 2019

Just a note to say how much Alexandra enjoyed her rock-climbing day with Riley - and how much we enjoyed watching! This US trip is a one-off trip of a lifetime for us, and that day will be a particularly special memory.
I was very impressed with how Riley assessed Alexandra's current skills and gave her new challenges, and then as she tired, adjusted her final climb accordingly.

-Dru K, 2015

I want to say a huge thank you to Alex for his time & knowledge taking Matt & my Alex climbing at Fresno Dome on Saturday 16th August. He was a brilliant guide and both boys really enjoyed the time they spent with him climbing. Matt especially had a brilliant time and was really pleased to have been able to do quite a few climbs with your Alex. Ceri & I really enjoyed watching our boys climb and had a great day out. Please pass on huge thanks to Alex for his patience and ability to ensure Matt & Alex got the most our of their day.

- Sandra D, 2014

Now back in UK after a fabulous trip to California. One of the real highlights was my day climbing with Jerry. It was superb. When I set out my requirements to you before leaving for my vacation I didn't believe that they would be satisfied so perfectly. Jerry's choice of route fitted the bill exactly. Long, clean, plenty of variety, just hard enough to be testing and wonderfully exposed. One of the middle pitches would be a match for any in terms of quality. Added to that, Jerry was a great guide and made the day one that I will never forget. He even laid on a day of wall to wall sunshine! All the best and many thanks.

-Shaun R, 2014