The Santa Catalina Mountains are commonly known as Mount Lemmon and offers some of the best climbing in Arizona. With more than 1,500 climbing routes making the Santa Catalina's one of the most popular climbing areas in the state. Mt. Lemmon offers a variety of climbing, from easy top-roped beginner climbing to technical sport climbs to long trad routes ranging in elevations from 2,500-9,000'. which makes for very comfortable climbing temperatures year round.

Many area's of the mountains offer spectacular views of the Sonoran Desert below and the shear vertical faces of this range adds to the exposure on many climbs.

For further descriptions and costs of our climbing courses being offered on Mt. Lemmon, click here.



For group discounts or if the dates below do not work for you, call us. See course descriptions and costs on our individual course sites. All Mt. Lemmon courses and guiding are for a minimum of two persons.


..beginner I & II – 27-28
..intermediate – n/a
..self-rescue – n/a
..multi-pitch – n/a
..lead (sport or trad) – 20-21


..beginner I & II – 8-9
..intermediate – 9-10
..self-rescue – 2-3
..multi-pitch – 9-10
..lead (sport or trad) – 2-3


...beginner I & II 24-25
...intermediate 17-18
...self-rescue 17-18
...multi-pitch 3-4
...lead (sport or trad) 3-4


...beginner I & II 5-6
...intermediate 13-14
...self-rescue 6-7
...multi-pitch 13-14
...lead (sport or trad) 6-7


..beginner I & II – 17-18, 24-25
..intermediate – 17-18
..self-rescue – 17-18
..multi-pitch – 3-4
..lead (sport or trad) – 3-4


..beginner I & II – 2-3
..intermediate – 2-3
..self-rescue – 2-3
..multi-pitch – 2-3
..lead (sport or trad) – 2-3


...beginner I & II 21-22
...intermediate 14-15
...self-rescue 21-22
...multi-pitch 7-8
...lead (sport or trad) 21-22


...beginner I & II 1-2
...intermediate 10-11
...self-rescue 3-4
...multi-pitch 10-11
...lead (sport or trad) 3-4


..beginner I & II – 5-6
..intermediate – 19-20
..self-rescue – 19-20
..multi-pitch – 26-27
..lead (sport or trad) – 26-27


..beginner I & II – 5-6
..intermediate – 5-6
..self-rescue – 12-13
..multi-pitch – 5-6
..lead (sport or trad) – 26-27


...beginner I & II 2-3
...intermediate 24-25
...self-rescue 17-18
...multi-pitch 24-25
...lead (sport or trad) 24-25


...beginner I & II 3-4
...intermediate 10-11
...self-rescue 3-4
...multi-pitch 10-11
...lead (sport or trad) 3-4

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 7:00 a.m. - October thru April courses start at 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 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, 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.