FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

1.  How do we sign up?

 To make a booking, email info@rockclimbmontana.com or better still just click the blue box "BOOK ONLINE".  BOOK ONLINE requires a 18 hour advance notice.   For last minute bookings (same day or next day), please call 406.306.0005.  We will try to honor your request.

2.  How much lead time do we need?

That depends.  Sometimes you can call in the morning and go right out.  Most times you may need to BOOK ONLINE several days in advance.  Try to book early to reserve the date of your choice.  For last minute bookings, it is best to phone.  406.306.0005.

3.  Can't I just join a class?

No.  All our outings are private lessons for only you and your party.

4.  Do you require a deposit?  

Yes.  Please pay when you BOOK ONLINE.  You may cancel up to 3 days in advance and receive a full refund.

5.  How do I pay for the lesson?

Pay with your credit card when you BOOK ONLINE. 

6.  Is it safe?

All activities have a certain amount of inherent risk.  However most accidents happen at home or in the workplace, so get out of the house, take a vacation and go climbing.  Except for an occasional bruised shin or scraped elbow we have had a perfect safety record and intend to keep it that way.  Most clients will do top rope climbing.  Unlike other sports, you can't fall down.  You are literally tied to the top of the cliff. 

7.  Does it take a lot of upper body strength?

No.  The proper technique is to rely on your legs.  Its much like climbing a ladder.  You use your hands for support and balance as you continue to step up with your legs.  If you have the fitness to do a short hike, you will have more than enough strength to reach the top of the easier climbs.

8.  Is my child too young?  Am I too old?

No.  We have had children as young as 2 or 3.  It really depends upon their physical and mental development and their disposition. Kids are natural climbers.  By ages 4 or 5 you can see kids make real progress.  At the other end of the age spectrum we have had first time climbers in their 70's make it to the top of 60 foot cliffs.  This is a great family adventure for the kids, parents, and grandparents.

9.  What if I want to just come and watch? 

Their is no charge for observers; however, why pass up the opportunity to try something new and be part of the action.

10.  My wife is an experienced climber; but I have never tried it.  Is that a problem?

No.  There are several ways we deal with that situation everyday.  A.  With coaching and patience and a little extra time, you may be able to make it to the top of the same climbs.  B.  Often we will set multiple ropes on multiple routes.  Your wife can tackle the advanced climb while you attempt a beginner climb just a few yards away.  C.  Sometimes climbs are more challenging because of a difficult "crux" section.  Often the less experienced climber can take what I call the "scenic route" going wide of the crux, thus avoiding the hard part, on his journey to the top.  D.  While the ultimate goal of climbing is to make it to the top, more realistic short-term goals are to see how high you can make it, how much fun you can have, and what you can learn in the process.  Accordingly, your wife may get to the top; but, you may have just as much fun and learn even more getting to the half-way point.

11.  I am an advanced climber  Will this be too easy or too boring? 

No.  Our climbs range in difficulty from level 5.3 to level 5.12.  If you are an advanced climber, you know what that means.  While most clients will be top roped, more advanced climbers will have an opportunity to safely learn to lead climb if that is their desire.  Expert climbers can lead climb as long as they stay within their ability level.  Safety first.  More advanced skills taught may include knot tying, rappelling, building anchors, or lead climbing with trad gear.

12.  Can we do this in Glacier Park?  Can we climb mountains?

No.  There are no commercial climbing operations in the park.  Most climbing will take place on National Forest Service land.  We will climb cliff faces (with slopes of 50 to 90 degrees depending on your ability), not mountains.  Most climbs are single pitch climbs about 50 feet in height.

13.  I am afraid of heights.  Can I still do this?

Yes.  We encourage everyone to set their own goals.  Then we help you achieve them.

You may only want to go up a few feet initially; but, by the end of the lesson you will surprise yourself with what you were able to accomplish.  It is very empowering to challenge yourself and overcome your fears. 

14.  OK.  I am in.  What should I wear?  What should I bring?

Wear comfortable clothing.  Dress in layers.  Long pants protect against scrapes and mosquitos.  Do wear hiking boots or tennis shoes for the short approach.  People who show up in sandals or cowboy boots are not happy campers.  Many clients like to wear a thin sock inside their rental shoes.  Leave rings, watches, bracelets, and valuables at home or perhaps lock them in your vehicle.  Do bring sunglasses and a camera.   We will provide bottled water and granola bars.  (On full-day outings we will also provide a sack lunch.  Please specify any dietary restrictions at time of booking).  If you like special snacks, or something else to drink, bring it along.  We will provide climbing shoes, harnesses, helmets, and chalk bags; however, if you prefer you can bring your own equipment as long as it is certified climbing equipment in good condition.

15.  Can we do an overnight trip? 

Yes.  We can arrange climbing and camping or just camping trips.  Let us know what you would like and we can arrange it.  We can supply all the camping equipment.

16.  Where will we climb? 

Climbing takes place near the towns of Kila, Stryker, or Rexford, Montana.  Due to the greater distance, only full-day outings are offered to the site near Rexford (Stone Hill overlooking Lake Koocanusa). The default climbing location will be Stryker.  However, clients staying in Kalispell may prefer to climb at nearby Kila Crags.  On colder spring and fall days we often climb the warmer south facing cliffs at Kila.  The Kila cliff area will normally be about 10 degrees warmer than surrounding areas.  For this reason, during July and August, climbs to Kila are by special appointment only.  You must call and cannot book online.  On the other hand, on hot summer days, it is often very pleasant to climb at Stryker which is well shaded and about 10 degrees cooler than the surrounding areas.  Plus, the Stillwater River runs right through the Stryker site; so, one can always cool off in the icy stream.

17.  But what if it rains? 

If it is a very light sprinkle we will usually climb on.  If it is really raining, we will need to cancel or reschedule.  If we are forced to quit climbing due to rain or lightning, the cost of the trip will be prorated.  If you are unsure if the weather will be a factor, you must contact your guide by calling 406.306.0005.  If you are unable to reach your guide, please plan on meeting your guide onsite where a final decision can be reached.  Often cellular service is very spotty.  Text messaging is sometimes more reliable.  Please provide your cell number at the time of booking.

18.  Do you rent equipment?

We supply all equipment to our climbing clients at no extra charge.  This includes shoes, harness, chalk bag and of course helmet.  We cannot however rent equipment to anyone who has not booked a lesson or outing.

19.  Do you provide transportation? 

Yes and no.  On full-day and overnight outings transportation from Whitefish can be provided at no extra charge for our paying customers.  Observers can ride along only if space is available.  Even though free transportation is available, many of our clients prefer to meet the guide at the climbing site so that they can enjoy the comfort of their own vehicle and have the flexibility to sightsee along the drive.  On full-day outings free transportation from Kalispell can also be arranged; but, only for trips going to the Kila Crags. 

20.  What is the schedule?  

Morning half-day lessons run from 9 AM to Noon.

Afternoon half-day lessons run from 1 PM to 4 PM.

All-day lessons run from 9 AM to 4 PM with a one-hour lunch break.

Call 406.306.0005 if you cannot find an available date and time on our calendar.  We will try to make special accommodations for you.

21.  OK.  I am ready to book.  What do I do now?

Click the BOOK ONLINE button on any page of this website.  You may also send an email to info@rockclimbmontana.com or call 406.306.0005.

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