OUTDOOR CLIMBING INSTRUCTION AND GUIDING
If you love climbing at Climb UP, try taking your climbing outdoors with an experienced climbing guide and instructor. With decades of experience climbing and instructing on a variety of rock types, over various terrain, and with multiple types of climbing including top-roping, anchor systems, bouldering, self-rescue, lead climbing, rappelling, you're sure to get the most out of a trip outside.
Our Fall Dates begin in September and continue into the Winter months until it gets way too cold to climb. We prefer to take trips on Fridays to reduce impact in the Refuge but will guide on the weekend or during the week as well.
Unless otherwise specified, our trips generally take place in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Southwest Oklahoma. However, we enjoy introducing climbers to other areas in Oklahoma like Chandler Park in Tulsa, OK. We have also guided in Arkansas, Texas and Colorado.
The following course dates require advance booking and a minimum of 3 participants ($150 each)
March 18th - Intro to Outdoor Climbing
March 24th - Intro to Outdoor Climbing
March 25th - Intro to Traditional Climbing
March 31st - Intro to Outdoor Climbing
April 1st - Intro to Traditional Climbing
April 23rd - Intro to Outdoor Climbing
April 29th - Intro to Outdoor Climbing
May 5th - Intro to Outdoor Climbing
May 6th - Intro to Traditional Climbing
Introduction to Rock Climbing
The Introduction to Rock Climbing course is designed for people who have little or no experience in rock climbing. The course is ideal for those who are interested and want to experience the thrill of rock climbing in a beautiful natural setting. We will introduce climbing equipment, belaying, and climbing movement. By the end of the course, participants should feel comfortable climbing with experienced friends and prepared to take the next steps in rock climbing. Duration: 1 day
Introduction to Lead Climbing
The Introduction to Lead Climbing course teaches the fundamental skills of selecting and placing gear in a traditional climbing setting. Techniques for racking, identifying good vs. bad placements, cleaning gear, and employing advanced climbing movement skills are included. This course is a good starting point for progressing into lead climbing. Duration: 1 day
Introduction to Anchor Building
The Introduction to Anchor Building course is designed for people who are ready to learn the fundamentals of setting gear and building SERENE (Solid/strong, Equalized, Redundant, Efficient, No Extension) anchors for top-rope, rappel, and multi-pitch applications. We will teach the principles of good anchor building in the outdoor environment. By the end of the course, climbers will be able to create their own anchor for belay, rappel, and single-pitch top-rope systems. Duration: 1 day
Want to learn something specific or combine elements to create your own hybrid course - we can do that. Give us a call to discuss.
If you are wanting to go to a specific area for a day of climbing, exploration and adventure - give us a call. Even if we haven't climbed it yet, we can certainly get you to the base of it and get a rope on it.
Day Trip Rates
- Individual (one-on-one) guided trip: $300
- Group of 2: $200
- Group of 3-6: $150
- Group of 7+: inquire for pricing
Prices shown above are per climber. Climb Up Members save 15%!
Call today to reserve your trip.
Our head climbing guide, Aaron Gibson, has over 24 years climbing experience and is an American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Certified Single Pitch Instructor. Aaron has climbed extensively in the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma as well as at most major climbing areas across the country, and in Mexico, Canada, and England.
Cruz McCarty earned his AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor Certification in 2015 and has been climbing and instructing for seven years.
Leave No Trace
Climb Up practices and teaches Leave No Trace (LNT) outdoor ethics and takes a minimal impact approach to climbing. Minimal impact includes such things as: keeping base sites localized to durable surfaces, minimizing the use of chalk, keeping group size low, keeping noise levels low, staying on designated trails, maintaining the rock environment for future generations, avoiding sensitive habitats and nesting sites, packing out what is packed in, using facilities and disposing of human waste properly.