- Photo by: Guide Mike Lewis
Learn to climb from the pros at JHMG! Our high quality instruction will make your day on the rocks informative, exciting and enjoyable . . . and you can’t beat the location! Offering courses for the beginner to advanced climber, JHMG can design special programs for corporate groups or private clubs. All ages are welcome. Classes are taught in one of three scenic locations in either Grand Teton National Park or the Bridger-Teton National Forest. We will pick the area that best suits your needs.
Minimum Age 8
A spirited introduction to climbing techniques, rope work, and risk management. We build in lots of time for climbing. All ages welcome. This class is a requirement for a 2-day or 3-day Grand Teton Adventure
A full day of rock climbing and multi-pitch techniques. This class will prepare you for multi-pitch rock climbs and for the high peaks. For people who have not climbed in some time, this class is a great opportunity to refresh their skills. Basic course or previous experience required. This class is required for a 2 or 3 day Grand Teton Adventure
Learn to use the ice ax and practice techniques for ascent, descent, and safety systems on summer snow. This class is offered in early to mid summer when there is accessible snow. We’ll hike up to an appropriate snow slope, then cover a full range of topics, from step kicking to self arrest and glissading. This class is required for a 2 or 3 day Grand Teton Adventure if snowy conditions exist.
Learn the skills to safely negotiate the Grand Teton with your guide. Movement, commands, belaying, rappelling, following and cleaning gear on a multi-pitch climb, you get it all in this awesome 2-day class. This class is required for anyone who is climbing the Grand Teton with JHMG on our 3-day Grand Teton programs.
Basic Climbing Class: Price: $415 private; $225 pp/ 2:1 private; $185 per person 3:1; $165 pp 4:1 and $150pp in a group of 5 or more.
Intermediate Climbing/Multi-Pitch Warm-Up: $425 private; $250 pp/ 2:1 private ; $200 3:1 group
Snow School: $425 private; $250 pp 2:1 private; $200 3:1 group
All of our standard classes start at our Jackson office at 1325 S. Hwy 89, Suite 104, in Smith’s Plaza at the south end of town. Unless other arrangements are made, plan to arrive at our office at 8:30am, prepared for a full day of climbing. You’ll want lunch, plenty of water, and appropriate clothing for climbing in the mountains.
For your safety and comfort, bring synthetic and or natural fiber clothing for insulation. Cotton is NOT recommended and down must be kept dry. Clothing should be able to layer without encumbering your movement.
Objective Dependent – Scarpa footwear is available at Jackson Hole Mountain Guides for rent. JHMG also carries a selection of rock shoes for rent.
- Sticky Rubber Approach Shoes: required for all mid-summer climbs. (mid-July through Sept) – Guide Pick: Scarpa Crux or Scarpa Kalipe (Available for rent)
- Rock Shoes for technical rock (Available for rent)
- Synthetic/ Wool Sun Hoody
- Synthetic T-shirt
- Soft Shell: fleece or pile
- Rain Jacket: waterproof/breathable with hood
- Synthetic Climbing Pant
- Rain Pant
- Gloves – non-insulated with leather palm
On the Trail
- Back Pack: internal frame 30 Liter capacity (2000 cu in)
- Water Bottles (2-3 L/Qt.) Or H2O Hydration system
- Dark Sunglasses
- Extra Pair Contact Lens
- Sun Hat or visor
- Sunscreen (35+SPF)
- Lip Balm
- Insect Repellent (until early August)
- Lunch and Snacks
- Trekking Poles
Cold Weather Considerations:
Early and late season temperatures require warmer clothing. You may consider additional clothing if you get cold easily or if it is unusually cold or windy.
- Down Jacket
- Medium weight long underwear
**Jackson Hole Mountain Guides supplies all the rock climbing gear, harnesses, helmets, locking carabiners & belay/rappel devices, crampons, and ice axes. However, you are welcome to bring your own equipment. Please coordinate with our office for gear checks. Backpacks, rock shoes, and boots can all be rented & purchased in our Jackson office.
Grand Teton National Park is located roughly 30 minutes from our Jackson, WY headquarters. Our Jackson office is located in the south part of Jackson at 1325 S. Highway 89, Suite 104 and shares a parking area with Smith’s. Our phone number is (800) 239-7642 or (307) 733-4979. Most trips and classes will meet at this office for gear checks, preparation, and classes. The Jackson Hole airport is the closest, but Idaho Falls (a 2 – 2.5 hour drive) is a cheaper option and Salt Lake City (4 – 5 hour drive) are also air travel options. It is helpful to arrive a couple of days prior to your trip/class in order to acclimatize. Otherwise, you should arrive the day before and stop by our office for an equipment check. Do not plan on traveling the day after a significant climb – you will be tired and there are no guaranteed times when we will return to the trailhead. Plan on having accommodations for the night prior to and the night you return from a significant climb. There are a plethora of hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts in Jackson and the surrounding area. Accommodations near our office make your transitions convenient. It is highly advisable to make reservations as early as possible. Lodging recommendations and many more details can be found in the downloadable document below.
Talk To Us
Here you’ll find online tools and information about joining us for a trip of a lifetime! To sign up for a trip, or if you have any questions, please call us. Listed on the left side of these pages are links that you may find useful, including printable forms and policies concerning a trip with JHMG. We encourage ALL prospective climbers to read our Preparation advice. Our office can help place you with others who are looking to climb.