Intro to Alpine Rock – 2 day

Length:2 days
Price:1 climber $1,060
2 climbers $660 each
Dates:Custom dates available between June and September
Location:Central Oregon Cascades

Alpine rock climbing takes you to summits far off the beaten path of typical cragging areas. It involves moving quickly over 4th and low-5th class rock, and employs a rope for short belays and steep sections. Alpine climbing typically provides a more solitary experience in locations that achieve birds-eye views and require continuous climbing. This is a two day program, with day one taking place at Smith Rock & day two in the mountains of the Central Oregon Cascades.

Multipitch Technique

On Day 1 of your course, you’ll go to Smith Rock State Park and cover the basics of rock climbing. You’ll become familiar with tying in to an anchor, belaying a lead-climber, and climbing commands. You will do a multi-pitch practice climb. On day 2 your objective will be determined by you and your guide collaboratively, based on your interests and abilities. We may attempt a traverse of one or more of the peaks of the Marsupials, the ridge of summits that overlooks Smith Rock State Park. Or we can head into the Cascades to attempt the summit of Three Fingered JackMt. Washington, or Broken Top. Either way we’ll put your new rock skills to work in a spectacular alpine arena, with incredible views and excellent rock.

Alpine Rock Climbing

There are areas all over Oregon that afford excellent alpine rock climbing in accessible settings. On the second day of your alpine climbing course you may climb in the Marsupials high above Smith Rock State Park, explore the Cascades on Mt. Washington, Three Fingered Jack or Broken Top, or attempt the summit of the unique and rarely climbed Illumination Rock on Mt. Hood.

Permit Restriction

Cascade summit climbs are available Monday through Thursday only, because of limitations on all commercial permits in the Deschutes-Willamette National Forest. We can also run the second day of this program any day of the week in the Marsupials Crags outside of Smith Rock State Park. There are alpine-style ridge traverses in this area that make great training routes for the alpine

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Intro to Alpine Rock - 2-day

Central Oregon Cascades

In this two-day program, you’ll spend the first day learning at a local crag. Your guide will introduce you to rope systems for multipitch rock climbing. That includes belaying a lead-climber, removing anchors and protection, and moving efficiently on 4th and 5th class rock. On the second day, you’ll meet at the trailhead for one of a few excellent alpine rock objectives in our area. You’ll spend a few hours approaching the climb, and several hours on route. Depending on the level of challenge you are looking for, your guide will choose between routes like the South Ridge of Three Fingered Jack and the North Ridge of Mount Washington. Those with a bit more experience may opt to try the West Ridge of Mount Washington, while those looking for something a little less challenging may conider the Northwest Ridge of Broken Top.  All of these summits are small and remote, and we usually have them to ourselves.

Elevation:6,000 to 9,000 feet
Style:Alpine rock from 5.0 to 5.8
Skill Level:Entry-level
BlackPk- Mtn

"I am very happy with my TMG experience. The guides were professional, personable, and extremely concerned about safety. . . I absolutely give highest marks to these guys. If you don't have much Alpine experience, or just want the security of seasoned veterans guiding you up this mountain, then I strongly recommend you sign up with them. Thanks, guys, for a great experience!!"

George C
Highland, UT

"What a fantastic experience gaining the summit of a mountain we've gazed on from Portland for 25 years! . . . We learned a great deal, had a ton of fun, felt in very capable hands, and had the reward of summiting on a beautiful clear day. The value of being with a professional, certified, guide and guiding organization was evident throughout. Kudos to the TMG team who were responsive, supportive, and fun to work with every step of the way."

Malcolm C
Portland, OR

"We booked 2-day overnight program on Mt. Hood with Timberline Mountain Guides. Our guides were great, . . super friendly and reputable. The program did not go as planned due to inclement weather but we still had fun and good experience. The guides were definitely flexible and provided guidance during the trip. I would recommend going with them if it's your first climbing trip on Mt. Hood for sure."

Portland, OR

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