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With thousands of routes at every grade, there’s no better place to learn to climb or to hone your craft on some of the country’s greatest climbs. Whether you’re looking to try rock climbing for the very first time, just go out and climb, or to learn the skills to take your climbing to the next level, Smith is the perfect venue. With sport, traditional and even aid climbing classics of all shapes and sizes, there’s a wealth of climbing opportunities a short walk from the parking lot. And with over 200 days of sun a year, there’s always dry rock to be found.
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 the American Mountain Guide Association and are experts at finding the right climbs for you. In order to make sure everyone gets exactly what they need, we will have four to five guides who will take small climbing groups out to 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.
This year we will be offering two multi-pitch climbing retreats for climbers with outdoor climbing experience. On these retreats, we will climb in small groups, two climbers per guide, and climb routes from 2-5 pitches like Voyage of the Cowdog, Superslab, Moscow, or Wherever I May Roam. We will not be offering yoga at our multi-pitch retreats. To join climbers must be able to make it to the top of a 5.8 climb without needing to be pulled up the route.
We do allow lead climbing but have strict requirements for doing so. Please read our FAQ at the bottom of this page to learn more.
Yoga is one of the most accessible ways to improve at rock climbing. It increases flexibility, builds strength, promotes balance, and helps calm the mind. We will be offering an hour and a half yoga class after climbing Friday and Saturday. All yoga instructors we partner with are familiar with climbing and will focus on a practice designed to restore and bring balance to the body after a full day of climbing.
We love to eat! And we love supporting local businesses. At each retreat we work with local restaurants to offer the best tasting food Bend has to offer - and Bend has a whole lot to offer. From Indian food from Taj Palace, pizza from Jackson's corner, or tacos from El Sancho we will make sure you're well fed with our city's best. And don't worry - we can accommodate those with food restrictions*.
We provide a simple breakfast of bagels & cream cheese (GF and Vegan options provided), eggs, grain free granola, yogurt, fruit and nuts.
For lunch we will be making sandwiches and provide a variety of snacks and bars.
*Read our FAQ at the bottom of this page for more information on dietary accommodations
We will be hosting our retreat at a private home located 10 minutes from Smith Rock State Park and 30 minutes from Bend, Oregon.
Participants can choose from private rooms, shared rooms, glamping or camping options.
Located in the high desert of Central Oregon, Smith is a great place to climb year round. It has it's own micro-climate and will often be a few degrees warmer than the surrounding area. It can be 30 degrees out and you'll find locals climbing in sports bras and tank tops. We joke that it's a solarium. Winter can be perfect if the sun is shining, but spring and fall is when Smith shines. Early April we may get some opportunities to climb in the sun, but by late April/early May we will most likely be chasing the shade.
On average in April and May we get three days with rain a month. So unless we are unlucky you can expect temperatures from 60 to 70 degrees and climbing in morning sun and afternoon shade.
Cost: $1450 - $1859 depending on lodging choice
April 25th-28th (Multi-Pitch Retreat: No Yoga) | May 2nd - 5th | May 16th-19th | May 30th - June 2nd
June 6th - 9th
September 19th - 22nd | September 26th - 29th | October 3rd - 6th | October 10th - 13th (Multi-Pitch Retreat: No Yoga) | October 17th - 20th
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
GETTING TO BEND:
We will host this retreat rain or shine. If the weather is poor we will propose alternative activities such as technical skills lessons (anchor building, self-rescue, multi-pitch) or hiking. If poor weather would make you want to cancel we recommend looking into Cancel For Any Reason.
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.
Yes we have 2 types of payment options:
Please visit our PAYMENT PLAN page for more information.
We have a very strict cancellation policy. Please review it before committing to this retreat.
If you haven’t already, we strongly recommend purchasing “cancel for any reason” trip insurance to protect your investment. This must be done within two weeks from the date of registration. Ripcord and travelX are two companies that we recommend as well as the companies in THIS article.
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 on days one & two with the goal that you have are competent by day three to try one lead 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."
We know you love your fur babies but unfortunately, we cannot allow pets on any of our group trips or clinics.