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Women’s Climbing Weekend in the Red Rock

Location Red Rock

Season Spring

Difficulty Beginner- Intermediate

Duration 2 Days

Overview

This is the first of installment of The Mountain Guides’ “WOMEN’S NETWORK CLIMBING SERIES”

Whether you are new to climbing or a seasoned vet, The Women’s Climbing Network Series has a weekend course for you!  We will be hosting these events throughout 2021 at many of our different branches.

Wherever you are in your climbing journey, The Mountain Guides is excited to offer two-day courses designed for women climbers looking to explore the vertical world outdoors with other like-minded ladies and professional female guides. These courses are designed to get you out of the gym and transition your climbing skills outside with professional female AMGA Certified Rock Guides.

These clinics are recommended for beginner to intermediate climbers transitioning from the gym to climbing outside.

Season Spring

Minimum Age 21+

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Itinerary

Day 1 – Day one is spent establishing a baseline.  Climbing outside on the warm sandstone of the Red Rock, while reviewing and brushing up on your skills from the gym. From there we will learn new protocols for spending time climbing in the outdoors. The day will be spent going over the nuances of climbing and the skills to protect yourself on natural stone and in the elements. 

Day 2 – We will continue to build on the curriculum from Day 1. We will refine your new skills while they are fresh in your head under the guidance of professionals.

Topics Covered:

  • LNT in rock climbing
  • Review of figure 8 knots and belaying
  • Basic safety guidelines for outdoor climbing: closing the system,    ground anchors, rock fall, etc. 
  • Outdoor climbing techniques
  • Rappelling
  • a quick overview of trad gear placements and anchors

Are you a climber looking to start a lead progression? Take the weekend to get outside and progress your lead climbing skills with Femae AMGA Certified Guides.

Day 1

  • LNT in traditional climbing
  • Gear
    • example of standard rack
    • Cams
    • Nuts
    • What is good protection?
    • slings, quickdraws, cordelettes
  • Climbing
    • Review proper belay, tie-ins, rappelling, double checks
    • 2-4 face pitches with belayed rappels
    • Techniques- smearing, edging, palm press
  • Anchors
  • Climbing –
    • Crack Pitches
    • Techniques- finger locks, hand jams, lay back, foot jams, rand smears

Day Two

  • Anchor review- Everyone builds an anchor and we critique anchors together
  • Mock leads-
    • Mock lead, build anchor, fix lead line to anchor, rappel fixed line on belay, clean gear
  • Climbing techniques
    • Advanced crack- ring locks, offwidths, stemming, chimneys
  • Top managed and Multi Pitch Techniques (if there’s enough time)

 

 

 

Price: $380 per person, covers the cost for the 2 days of instruction

Please note: The Mountain Guides does not provide lodging or transportation for this event

 

Basic –  Participants should expect approaches of 15-30 minute hike over easy to moderate hiking terrain.

Advanced – This trip is physical and requires fitness and stamina to access the climbs and climb them. The approach to most climbs is approximately an hour on uneven terrain.

Basic –

Advanced – 

  • March 27 & 28 – Guides TBD
  • April 24 & 25 – Guides TBD
 Footwear
Upper Layers
Bottom Layers
Backpack
Accessories
  • Sun Hat – Baseball of full brimmed
  • Water – Water bottles or hydration bladder
    • (May-Sept) Minimum 3 Liters
    • (Nov-April) Minimum 2 Liters
  • Food: Energy Bars, fruit, sandwiches, trail mix. Bring Enough!
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen/ Lip balm
  • Bandana
  • Headlamp (For long routes)
Considerations
  • Warm Weather – (May-Sept) The sun is intense and hydration is vital!.  Hydrate the night before your climb/ hike.  Consider freezing your water bottles or putting ice in them.  Light colored  and loose fitting clothes will help keep you cool.
  • Cold Weather – (Nov-April) Bring gloves and a warm hat that will fit under your helmet. Bring extra layers like long underwear and a heavier winter jacket to keep warm when the sun ducks behind clouds of dips below the canyon walls.

Jackson Hole Mountain Guides supplies all the rock climbing gear, harnesses, helmets, locking carabiners & belay/rappel devices. However, you are welcome to bring your own equipment. Please contact our office for gear questions.  Rock shoes can be rented at JHMG.

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We meet our guests at the West end of Las Vegas. 11720 West Charleston blvd. The Las Vegas Airport is the closest and cheapest airport we recommend to clients. If you have any questions or would like more information, please call our Las Vegas office at 702-660-0652 or email [email protected]

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Do I have to pay a fee to get into Red Rock?

To date, there is only one fee area, the 13 Mile Scenic Drive / Visitor Center. On the days you climb with JHMG, you do not have to pay an entrance fee. Most climbing is accessed via the one-way 13 Mile Scenic Drive.  When you return to Red Rock on your own, a day pass is $7, annual pass is $30 and they honor the America the Beautiful Pass ($80).

How far is Red Rock from the Strip?

The entrance/fee booth to the Red Rock 13 Mile Scenic Drive and Visitor Center is a quick 20-30 minute drive from the Neon Jungle.

Is Red Rock a State Park or a National Park?

It's neither.  It is a National Conservation Area that is operated and administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The BLM is the largest administrator of public lands in the western U.S. The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is almost 200,000 acres of your public lands.

Is it always hot and sunny in Red Rock?

Definitely not. Red Rock is in the Spring Mountain Range and most of the climbing is located between 4000’-6000’ above sea level (Vegas = 2000’). Temperatures can vary from well below freezing in winter to well above 100(f) degrees in summer. During winter months, it is not uncommon for Red Rock to be covered in a fresh blanket of snow (2”- 8”). Fortunately, most of the snow melts within a few days.

Does JHMG provide transportation and will you pick us up and drop us off back down on the Strip?

JHMG does not provide transportation. However, for a party of one or two, it is possible to take a cab out to our office (or other west side rendezvous venue) and guide can drive from office out to Red Rock and back to office. Depending on location of your hotel, cab fare could run $30-$50 each way. If you have more than one day to escape the Strip, we highly recommend a rental car.

Testimonials

  • I had an amazing day, Ting Ting was a great guide. I wasn't sure if I was asking too much ( I wanted to follow on multi pitch and lead on some easy single pitch sport routes) but she fulfilled all of my requests. She was also very encouraging when I questioned whether or not I could do a harder route on top rope, she seemed to know my limits better than I did.

    — Katie Doe
  • Ting ting was a phenomenal guide. Confident, strong, and fun. We had a great time with her.

    — Angie Clifford-Salisbury
  • Ting Ting was amazing - she made the experience awesome and we had a really good time. The climbing was perfect for our level of experience and the views were beautiful. Thank you so much, Ting Ting!

    — Rachael Han
  • Miranda is one of the best guides I have ever climbed with. She is patient, compassionate and knows just what to say to get the best out of you.

    — Allison Dittmer

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