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Guided climbing and instruction are available for climbers of all skill levels, from first-time beginners to intermediate and advanced climbers. All of our guides are trained through either the AMGA or PCGI and are experts at finding the right climbs for you. In order to make sure everyone gets exactly what they need, we’ll focus on Intro instruction designed for those who have never climbed before, Intermediate instruction for climbers wanting to climb in the 5.5-5.9 range (best for those who have some experience, but perhaps have never climbed outside), and Advanced for climbers wanting to join our guides on more difficult routes.
Our Camp & Climb in May will be slightly different, with only one guide working the event and 5 participants. While we will still work to meet the needs of every participant in the group, we will not be splitting into groups (we can't split one person). So I would say this specific event is for those who are just excited to be outside and climb whatever.
We will be camping at the bivy at Smith Rock State Park. This campsite is a walk in only, first come first serve campsite. In the event that there is no space to park your ca at the bivy, we will set up camp and shuttle your car to the guide house about 10 minutes from the park.
GETTING TO TUMALO STATE PARK:
Tumalo State Park is located on the outskirts of Bend, Oregon. We will provide more details one month prior to the event.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
The majority of women come to our retreats alone - somewhere around 90%. If you are hesitating to join because you would be coming solo, please know that we expect a majority of our participants to be joining by themselves, seeking community.
We generally have a wide range of ages at our retreats. The average tends to fall anywhere between the ages of 28 to 45. But we have had quite a few women in their 60's join as well. It really is up to the attitude and physical ability of the participant.
ABSOLUTELY. We will have at least 4 instructors at the retreat so that we can accommodate a wide range of abilities. In fact, teaching people the basics of rock climbing is what we do best. The entire ethos of She Moves Mountains guiding is to remember what it felt like to try climbing for the first time. It's intimidating, but we will be with you ever step of the way.
We do! We require a 50% non-refundable deposit with the remaining payment required 90 days prior to the retreat. If you'd like to use this option apply the discount code DEPOSIT at checkout to make your first payment and reserve your spot
We have a very strict cancellation policy. Please review it before committing to this retreat.
We know you love your fur babies but unfortunately, we cannot allow pets on any of our group trips or clinics.
It depends. To be permitted to lead at one of our retreats you must confirm that you have led at least ten routes outside or have taken a lead climbing class & have led a minimum of 30 climbs indoors. We will also require that you demonstrate your skills by mock leading a route without back clipping, z-clipping, or having the rope behind your ankle.
If you haven't led outside before and would like to work toward this on the retreat we can focus on these skills through a lead simulation but we will not permit new leaders to lead at our Camp & Climb.
All of our retreats are rain or snow or smoke or shine. We do our best to choose dates where this won't be an issue, but it's always a possibility. Even more so with the changing climate. If poor weather occurs we will propose alternative activities such as movement skills at the climbing gym, technical skills lessons such as anchor building or multi-pitch clinics, or hiking.
If poor weather will ruin your experience we suggest that you purchase "cancel for any reason" trip protection as we will not be providing any refunds due to weather related issues.
We aren't experts in this area as this is not the lived experience of our current instructor team. But we want you here and we are committed to making your experience a positive one.
If you can:
CLIMBING IS FOR YOU!
Currently the most limiting factor is the ability to fit into a harness. We have harnesses that can accommodate up to a 56inch waist. We are looking into getting a fleet of fully adjustable harnesses before next season starts.
If you want to learn more from plus sized climbers I highly recommend looking into Climb Big. Climb Big is an organization with a mission to "Make climbing more accessible for fat folx."