Q: I'm a complete newbie and have never climbed before. What should I bring with me on the trip?
A: Wear comfortable clothing that you would be ok breaking a sweat in. Shorts are fine but stay away from tight fitting, constricting clothing like jeans. A light windbreaker may help on chillier days. Bring some snacks or a light lunch and at least 1 liter of water, preferably in a reusable bottle to help save Mother Earth.
Q: How do I know if I'm physically fit to climb?
A: Climbing is an inherently rigorous sport, however, there are a multitude of climbing routes available at our preferred climbing area, Mission Gorge. Routes vary in difficultly from complete beginner routes to advanced routes that challenge many seasoned veterans. Your guide will strive to match the route selection with the fitness of the climbers. Those in moderate fitness levels with the ability to hike for at least 30 mins on moderately steep terrain should enjoy the climbing experience of the day.
Q: Climbing must require a lot of upper body strength. I can't even do one pull up. Will I be able to make it up any of the climbs?
A: It's a myth that climbing REQUIRES A LOT of upper body strength. Most beginner routes are at a low enough angle, that a majority of your weight will be on your feet. While pure strength is beneficial on more advanced routes, you will find that proper footwork and technique will be your greatest friend. Your guide will help you work through the puzzles of climbing moves you'll encounter on the rock.
Q: What should I be looking for in a rock climbing guide?
A: Most of all, someone who loves climbing and taking people out to the rock. To ensure safe standards, look for a guide who is certified by one of the nationally recognized mountain guiding certification bodies such as the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) or the Professional Climbing Guides Institude (PCGI). These programs ensure guides have the proper experience and training to provide a quality, safe climbing experience.
Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: A 60% deposit is required to secure a reservation. Customer cancellations are eligible for a one-time transfer of credit to a future climbing session. The one-time transfer of credit NEVER expires. A second customer cancellation forfeits the deposit paid. In the event a climbing session needs to be cancelled due to weather, the deposit payed is transferable to a future session and does not count against the one-time customer cancellation. Deposits are non-refundable except due to a non-weather related cancellation by Hangtime Climbing Company.