Guided Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing Weekend


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(800) 231-4575
Experience the incredible granite of Southern Yosemite
Enjoy a variety of climbing areas that include cragging and/or multi-pitch
Learn new techniques and skills from our certified Rock Guides

Come enjoy a weekend of climbing and companionship in the high country of southern Yosemite! Rock Weekends are a great way to learn a new area, increase your skill set & technique, or make the transition from the gym to outdoor climbing while having fun with like-minded others. In the southern Yosemite high country we’ll have access to over 1,000 different routes of all styles and grades.


June 21 - 23, 2024Book now
July 12 - 14, 2024Book now


2023: $1195 per person

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Trip Itinerary

Rock Climbing Weekend - Day 1 - Meet your guide in Bass Lake, CA Rock Climbing Weekend - Day 1 - Meet your guide in Bass Lake, CA

Meet at the Pines Resort Bakery at 4pm. After a short trip orientation, you’ll follow your guide(s) in your vehicle to the climbing camp, a little over an hour away (all roads are accessible with a two-wheel drive vehicle, though an SUV style vehicle may be more comfortable on the dirt roads). We’ll set up camp and your guide(s) will prepare a welcome dinner for everyone. We’ll also ask you about your experience, skills, and goals for the trip and choose routes most appropriate for your interests and ability. We then pair up participants with others who share in the same goals. We strive to ensure a safe, rewarding, and enjoyable experience for everyone. Mostly we will be climbing, though there is ample time to focus on learning new skills as well as improving your climbing technique.

Rock Climbing Weekend - Day 2 - Learn fundamentals of rock climbing Rock Climbing Weekend - Day 2 - Learn fundamentals of rock climbing

After a hearty breakfast prepared by your guide(s), we head to the rock for a morning of climbing. Today’s topic could include an introductory session covering the fundamental principals of rock climbing, including belaying, knots, and climbing technique. In addition to plenty of memorable time on the rock, you’ll receive personalized instruction from your guide(s) both on the ground and up on the wall. Around 5pm, we return to the campsite where dinner, campfire, and conversation end the day’s activities.

Rock Climbing Weekend - Day 3 - A customized skills focused day Rock Climbing Weekend - Day 3 - A customized skills focused day

Our final day begins with breakfast and then it’s back to the rock. In addition to new climbs and perhaps even a new crag, we’ll continue with the instructional component of the trip based on your personal interests which can include movement and climbing practice aimed at progressing your physical skills, working on technical skills, multi-pitch climbing, etc.We’ll finish the day between 2-3 pm.

What's Included


  • 2 nights tent camping at a Sierra National Forest campground

  • We supply all group camping and climbing gear (ropes, protection, stoves, cookware, water filters, group first aid kit, etc.)
  • Personal rock climbing and camping equipment is available by request: rock shoes, harness, helmet, sleeping bag, ground pad, and tents

  • Starting with dinner on Day 1 and ending with lunch on Day 3
  • Backcountry gourmet meals including trail snacks
  • Hot tea or coffee served each morning

A Few More Notes

About your guide

Our professional rock climbing guides have spent years perfecting their climbing skills in and around Yosemite and hold relevant certifications. 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.

Travel & Logistics

SYMG Rock Weekends begin with meeting your guide in Bass Lake, CA where you’ll have a brief orientation and introduction. Shortly after, you’ll can follow your guide in your own vehicle to the campsite where the group will be based for the duration of the trip. This quaint and rustic camp has basic amenities such as picnic tables, firepits and campground bathrooms. No shower facilities are available Personal transportation is required for all of our Rock Climbing offerings, and there is currently no public transportation option in our immediate area. Keep in mind that the minimum age to rent a vehicle in California is 21.


No experience required. We cater to all levels of physical and technical proficiency. However, a basic rock climbing class in the rock gym, reading rock climbing instructional books and watching rock climbing videos will all enhance your experience and lessen your learning curve.

What's not included
  • Personal clothing & footwear
  • Transportation to the rock climbing sites
  • Recommended 10-20% gratuity for guides
  • Trip Insurance
  • Airfare

Trip Reviews

Vincent P, 2019

Ben and Sam were amazing. They made sure everyone on the trip got to meet their goals with the climbing. They also made sure everyone had a great time the rest of the trip during the approaches, in camp and so on. They kept everyone positive on hard climbs and really helped all of us push ourselves. I can't express how great of a job these guys did. We were skeptical being paired up with people we don't know in the woods for a weekend but it was awesome!!!

Jordan C, 2016

The weekend was awesome! Riley was excellent, the experience was educational and overall a blast. Thank you for a wonderful trip, looking forward to another SYMG experience!

Terry S, 2016

My twelve year old son and I just returned from a weekend rock climbing trip. Each conversation I had yesterday began with "Let me tell you about the great weekend I had". I can truly say I have never had a better family vacation than this weekend. Even my 12 year old son (who believed our rock climbing trip could not "top" Hawaii) said, "This is better than Hawaii!" Casey, our guide was patient, knowledgeable, supportive and encouraging. I appreciated his "exceptional ability" to connect with my son. By the end of the first day, Casey had become someone my son looked to for encouragement and support. Casey did this consistently and provided the appropriate limits a 12 year old boy need to hear (again and again). Casey is a great attribute to your staff. He truly went above the role of a guide and acted as a positive role model to my son. I appreciated his generosity of time and his willingness to do this. The activity of rock climbing was a "fit" for my son. He found the challenge rewarding and learned the virtue of persistence. Something every parent wants a young boy to learn. SYMG, thank you for making these opportunities available.

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