The most popular of all our courses! The Intermediate Rock Climbing Course and instruction is more "hands-on" than the Beginner Course and is for those who want to take a more active and more comprehensive role in rock climbing.

The Intermediate Rock Climbing Course is an intensive, challenging, fun and rewarding experience as much as it is about advancing your climbing skills. 

Our instructors teach the necessary knowledge needed to be a contributing member in a climbing team. After completion of the course, climbers will be able to join lead climbers and to 'second' rock climbs.

We will be getting into and practicing some of the most important intermediate/advanced moves in rock climbing. If you master these techniques, then it becomes simply a matter of strength, creativity, determination and stamina that will get you up the rock!

This course is suited for those who have basic climbing, knots, belaying and anchors experience and want to expand their overall climbing and technical skills and eventually move on to lead climbing.

Remember, there is still a lot to learn before you consider yourself a truly competent climber.  Our Intermediate Climbing Course introduces this information in a very palatable yet engaging format. If you want to improve your skills and competency in a single and multi-pitch environment, this is the course for you!

Advanced concepts related to anchoring, belaying, rappelling, and rope management are taught. Students use these new skills to move more efficiently through the vertical world while maintaining a high level of safety and confidence.

During this two-day course we focus on teaching you the skills necessary to take on more responsibility as a more competent climber. Instruction is flexible depending on each client’s needs. We will cover advanced concepts in anchoring, belaying, rappelling, and rope management. Climbers will be exposed to more challenging and varied routes.

We will continue to discuss objective hazards, their evaluation and the beginning of self rescue concepts and preparedness. As always, superior and personalized climbing instruction makes for a quality learning experience. All climbs are tailored to the instructor's discretion with your safety our number one priority!


..$455.00 per person (2-Day Course)
..For just one person add $55 per course

..Dates .

..Class Size
..Minimum 2 - Maximum 4 per Instructor

..REI Members $10 Off / Bring-A-Friend $30 Off

..15 and Up

..Included - rental rock shoes, harness, etc. except daypack

..Scottsdale (Oct. - May) / Prescott (May - Oct.)
..Tucson (Feb. - Nov.) click here
..Joshua Tree (Jan. - May & Sept. - Dec.) click here

..6:00 am - Summer / 8:30 am - Fall /Winter/Spring/Summer


..Prior rock climbing experience

..Course Info
..Pre-Course Info & Testing Materials will be emailed
..to participant upon course sign-up

...recommended reading for the course above:
... How to Climb: Advanced Rock Climbing by John Long

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 Intermediate 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.