If you need positive reinforcement with your reservations about heights, and everything that comes with it - we can help! Want to climb a variety of routes but don't have much time and aren't familiar with the Southwest? Maybe you feel a class might hold you back, or you want the most personalized hands on, one-on-one instruction, or you and your climbing partner want to improve your leading skills. What can you do? Hire one of our professional guides to accelerate your learning process and increase your confidence on the rock.

Our instructors have AMGA or PCGI, LNT and WFR certification with years of climbing experience so you will receive professional instruction by qualified guides who make learning interesting and fun.

Our guiding takes place in some of the most beautiful climbing areas in the Southwest. Our seasoned guides are familiar with many classic routes and some the guide books don't show.

Private guiding is held at a variety of locations (Fall, Winter, Spring) in Scottsdale, Queen Creek, Joshua Tree National Park, Prescott, Cochise Stronghold, Pusch Ridge Wilderness and Mt. Lemmon near Tucson.

Private guiding and instruction is designed to provide personalized and comprehensive instruction at a level you are comfortable with, allowing you to develop a solid foundation upon which to build more advanced climbing knowledge and skills. With our specialized private courses you can expect to maximize your learning, safety, success and enjoyment as well as minimize impact on the desert environment.

In terms of length of climbing relative to approach time, Arizona offers some of the best value you can get nationwide. Some climbs in Arizona are very popular - others see less than one ascent a year. Our programs largely manage to avoid the crowds by avoiding high "traffic" climbing areas.

In addition to courses and private guiding, we offer climbing camps: A concept, that suits a lot of our clients that are confident and self sufficient climbers themselves. Having a guide along in your group assures optimal use of your vacation time and peace of mind, should the going get rough.

Private guiding is available seven days a week to coincide with your busy schedule or vacation timeframe. Plus, you determine the curriculum - the day(s), completely tailored to your climbing needs (1 guide per group).

Note: There is no commercial guiding (climbing) allowed in the Sedona area or Grand Canyon National Park. Any climbing business or individual(s) that are guiding for profit in these areas are doing so illegally and will be subject to fines and imprisonment as per U.S. National Parks and US National Forest regulations and laws.


..$125* half-day pp (4-5 hours) 2-person minimum (Scottsdale only)
..$245* full-day pp (7-9 hours) 2-person min. or $155 (pp) 3-person min. (Prescott/Scottsdale)
..$295* full-day (7-9 hours)
1-person or $265 2-person min. (Prescott, Scottsdale)
..$335 full-day multi-pitch (7-9 hours)
1-person (Scottsdale/Tucson) $215 pp 2-person
$395 full-day multi-pitch (7-9 hours) 1-person (Cochise Stronghold) $300 pp 2-person
..*Single-pitch climbing rate only (pp=per person rate)
Other group or multi-day rates available ($25 gear rental fee for lead climbing).


..Class Size
..Maximum 4 persons per guide (single pitch)

..See group discounts costs above (no additional REI or BFF discounts)

..12 and Up

..Included (rental rock shoes, harness, etc.)

..Queen Creek, Scottsdale, Prescott, Joshua Tree, Mt. Lemmon

, Cochise Stronghold

..6:30 am - Summer / 8:30 am - Fall /Winter/Spring


..None except on lead or multi-pitch climbs


..Hotel Pickup

Depending on group size, weather conditions and clients abilities and physical condition - A full-day of guiding can run between 6 - 9 hours. A half-day can run between 3.5 - 5 hours. The guide also has the final word on cancelling the session due to unsafe conditions or a client jeopordizing the safety of his/her life or the guides. Single person 1/2 day rates start at $225 with a two-day sign-up ($450) or $265 for a single day.

NOTE: There is camping available at or near our climbing locations - Call us for details.

Tipping your instructor/guide is recommended since we do not include a gratuity in the price of our courses. Our instructors work very hard to insure your safety and in providing a fun and quality experience, so please show your appreciation.

The Grand Canyon State!
In Arizona, the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Wonders of the World exists among lush desert landscapes, crystal-clear waters and breathtaking mountain peaks. From small communities to one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, Arizona offers travelers unique experiences packed with hospitality, adventure, and stunning sights.

Arizona is purported to have more exposed rock than any other state in the US. We have granite, dacite, basalt, limestone, gneiss, monzonite, welded tuff, and a thousand other kinds of the hard stuff.

From the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff and Paradise Forks in the north, to the crags of Granite Mountain, the Superstitions, and Queen Creek, and finally south to Mount Lemmon and Cochise Stronghold, we have it all! Cracks of all sizes, wide, thin, edges, pockets, jugs, sport, trad, bouldering, big walls, no approach, big hike...whatever you're psyched about! The one thing we're a little short on in most areas is crowds, but that's a good thing.

We also have the best year 'round climbing possibilities in the country with crags at just about every elevation imaginable. Between that and the large percentage of sunny days, there ain't a whole lot more you could ask for!

To sign up for a course call or email us to check availability. If a course is open click on the On-line Application Form or go to our application and map (meeting point) site, print out both the Application (PDF), Map and Waiver. Fill out the application and fax or mail it to us (don't fax the waiver, just bring it the day of your course).

Note: *Summer courses start at 6:00 a.m. - October thru April Bouldering & Rappelling courses start at 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 depending upon weather at the designated pick-up point. Call us the day before your course starts to verify start time. Bring your own snacks, lunch, water, sunblock and wear appropriate clothing. Camera (disposable), writing pad and pen are recommended.
*Summer courses - May 1 thru September 30.

Although we spare no effort to assure a safe program, we can assume no responsibility for your safety or loss of personal equipment. In a sport of this nature an element of risk is inherent and beyond human control. A signed release (waiver) will be required of all participants. A parent or guardian release is required for students under the age of 18. These can be obtained in advance by contacting our office or downloading from our website.

Our select staff are certified outdoor guides and have received extensive training from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Outward Bound Wilderness (OBW). the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI), Climb Smart! and Leave No Trace (LNT) or are members and partners of the American Alpine Club, Arizona Mountain Group Association, American Safe Climbing Association and Access Fund. They follow strict procedural guidelines and safety protocols set by these institutes and by the Arizona Climbing and Adventure School (ACAS).

Arizona Climbing and Adventure School is a unique opportunity for individuals to experience the spirit, courage and exploration of the Southwest. It is an initiation into the unexpected, a chance to accomplish something very exciting and to discover strengths you never knew you had. Additionally, the Arizona Climbing and Adventure School provides education in wilderness skills and working effectively with others.

To achieve a high learning curve among our students we keep our groups small in size. We consider the impact on the safety and flexibility of the group above all. Everyone knows that large groups and large student-to-instructor ratios are what make money for a guide service. But we feel that groups and ratios compromise the safety, enjoyment and success of individual participants. Better for you and better for us.

Having smaller groups also means you receive more attention and guidance from our professionals when you need it the most.

The skills you must learn in order to safely and ecologically negotiate the terrain, climate and altitude in which our courses are offered include:

• safety skills for travel through rigorous terrain.

• how to pack a backpack.

• physical fitness

• competence with map and compass, gps, route selection, navigation.

• rope use and knot tying, bowline, water knot, square knot, clove hitch, half hitch, figure eight

• basic first aid so that every student can handle reasonable emergencies and recognizes and aid in treating illness related to altitude, hypothermia, fatigue.

• rescue preparedness

• rock climbing, belaying, backpacking, canyoneering, rappelling, anchors.

• campcraft including minimum impact camping, ecological considerations, wilderness cooking, food selection and nutrition.

• water purification, hygiene and sanitation.

• care of equipment, ropes, clothing, packs, etc.

• environmental stewardship and Leave No Trace (LNT) techniques.

• safety from storms, flash floods and lightning.