Cody, Wyoming – Intro to Rock Climbing Course


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Learn the Fundamentals of Rock Climbing in Cody, Wyoming!

Our Intro to Rock Climbing Course in Cody, Wyoming is a great way to learn the fundamentals of rock climbing and explore the amazing rock climbing opportunities right outside Yellowstone National Park!

In this course, our professional guides will teach you the foundations of rock climbing movement, safety systems, and sustainability  in a welcoming and supportive manner.  We believe that rock climbing is a unique, challenging, and rewarding activity that should be inclusive of people from all walks of life.  So our intro courses are available to people of all backgrounds and ability levels!

In addition to teaching you new skills, our guides will help you explore some of the world class rock climbing areas near Cody, Wyoming!  We teach our Intro to Rock Climbing Courses in several locations in the North Fork of the Shoshone River on BLM lands between the town of Cody and the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park.

Why climb in Cody with us?

We are currently the only locally-based guiding service that guides rock climbing near Cody, Wyoming.  Our rock climbing guides are experienced professionals, talented climbers, and good teachers.  They are also humble, personable, and overall great humans to be around in the mountains.  Our guides are experts at providing safe, supportive, and inclusive climbing experiences for people of all backgrounds and ability levels.  Additionally, our rock climbing guides live and climb in Cody throughout the year, which is a major advantage because they know the places they guide extremely well.


Our Intro to Rock Climbing Courses in Cody are available in several locations on BLM land near Cody, Wapiti, and Clark, Wyoming.


Our Intro to Rock Climbing Courses in Cody are available upon request May – October depending on guide availability.


Our Intro to Rock Climbing Course includes personalized instruction on the following topics and techniques:

  • Gearing up for rock climbing
  • Objective hazards and risk management
  • Foundations of top-rope climbing safety systems, including knots, belaying, and rappelling
  • Fundamental rock climbing movement and techniques
  • Leave No Trace and “Beyond Leave No Trace” practices
  • Lessons on the area’s geology, ecology, archaeology, and history

These hands-on lessons are accompanied by top-rope climbing on routes of your choice.

Course options and itineraries:
  • 1 Day Itinerary

Our 1 day Intro to Rock Climbing Course is a great option if you only have a single day to climb but you want to make the most of it!  Your guide will work with you to select an exciting venue that is appropriate for your group size, suits your goals, and features fun, high quality climbing in a beautiful setting.  This one day course will typically last 7-8 hours but can be customized to fit your schedule.  The following is a sample one day itinerary for Cody, Wyoming:

  • 8am – Meet at Sunlight Sports in Cody, WY for gear check and safety orientation.
  • 8:15am – Drive to climbing area in the North Fork
  • 9am – Arrive at climbing area and start hiking to the crag
  • 9:30am – Learn tie-in knots as guide sets up top ropes
  • 9:45am – Learn safety checks and communication for rock climbing
  • 10-11am – Top rope climbing accompanied by footwork and body movement lessons
  • 11am-12pm – Top rope climbing accompanied by fundamental top-rope belaying lesson
  • 12-12:30pm – Lunch break
  • 12:30-2pm – Rappelling lesson
  • 2pm – Hike out and debrief
  • 2:30pm – Start driving back to Cody
  • 3pm – Arrive back in Cody

Alternatively, we can start this one day course at 12pm and end at 7pm.

  • 2 Day Itinerary

Our 2 day Intro to Rock Climbing Course is a great option if you want to push yourself to new heights!   The first day of the course is focused on learning foundational skills (see the sample itinerary above) and the second day is focused on applying those skills and climbing a more challenging objective.  Your guide will work with you to select appropriate venues for this course.  Both days of the course will typically last 7-8 hours but can be customized to fit your schedule.  

      Size of Party 1 2 3 4 5 6
      1 Day $250 $375 $500 $600 $675 $750
      2 Days $400 $675 $850 $1025 $1150 $1250

      Ask us about our larger group discounts!


      Please reach out to us via email (contact form below) to confirm guide availability for your preferred dates.  Once guide availability is confirmed we will send you a detailed email with the signup form, liability release agreement, and invoice.  Note that we require a 25% deposit to finalize your booking.  This deposit is non-refundable in case of cancellation within two weeks of the booking but is transferable to other dates and courses.

      Contact Us:

      Interested in taking an Intro to Rock Climbing course in Cody, WY?  Please send us an email with your name, contact info, and a brief description of when and where you’d like to take the course. Feel free to ask us any questions you might have about the course!

      Additional information

      Size of Party

      1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

      Length of Course

      1 Day, 2 Days


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