Portland Rock Gym Guides is Portland’s foremost outdoor guiding service. Portland Rock Gym has been providing the Pacific Northwest with the best indoor climbing instruction for the past 25 years. That training is also available outside, bringing together unparalleled education and a memorable adventure.
PRG Guides offers clients full or half day adventures to beautiful local climbing destinations in the Columbia River Gorge, as well as world class climbing at Smith Rock State Park – the birthplace of sport climbing in the US.
Get outside for one on one instruction or get a group of friends together for an unforgettable experience. First-time climbers and seasoned veterans alike can climb more challenging routes, improve existing skills, and create new ones!
Portland Rock Gym Guides is committed to maintaining the most current training and certification industry standards of the American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA).
- Highly trained and experienced guides
- All ropes, draws, anchors and rock protection
Additional Rate Details and Trip Information:
- We will keep a 1:4 ratio of guide to client.
- Guides will meet the clients at the climbing area.
- If clients need to rent gear they have to pick it up/rent it from the gym ahead of time. Rental gear is not included in the guiding costs. (Outside rentals: Shoes: $10 per day, Harnesses: $6 per day. We take a $90 credit card deposit for shoes and $50 deposit for harnesses rented out of the gym)
- We take a $100 deposit at the time of booking.
- There is a 10% rescheduling fee (based on the total cost of their planned activity).
- Cancellations will not receive their deposit back.
- If the weather is too adverse to climb, we will first try to change the venue. If that is not possible, we will try to reschedule free of charge. If a reschedule is not possible then the amount paid will be returned.
Local Climbing Destinations:
Smith Rock State Park encompasses 651 acres on the Oregon high desert plateau, which hovers around 3000 feet in elevation. The major rock faces are composed of welded tuff (compressed volcanic ash) reaching a height of up to 550 feet. The picnic and campground areas sit on top of the rimrock, which is made up of columnar basalt. There are over 1800 climbing routes in and around the park ranging from some of the best sport climbs in the world to… “Why would anyone want to climb that pile of choss”.
Carver Bridge Cliff
Once a quarry, now private property, Carver offers a mix of bolted and crack climbs, and some of the best bouldering around. Climbers may use the land at Carver after registering online at CarverClimbingClub.org. After downloading and printing the liability waiver, drop it off at the Portland Rock Gym or ClubSport to pay a one-time $8 membership fee and receive your Carver membership card. Learn more about Carver >
If you love long crack climbs, this is the place to go. The only drawback is its limited access–closed half of the year for peregrine falcon nesting, this awesome crag is only available from 7/15 – 2/1. Beacon is 45 miles east of Vancouver, WA on Highway 14.
Another great spot for beginners, with lots of top-roping. A no bolt or piton ethic/rule is in place here. Bring your gear. Horsethief Butte is 1-1/2 hours east of Portland. To get there, take I-84 east, to the Dalles bridge. Cross the bridge and go 3-4 miles east on Highway 14.
The 10 cliffs of Broughton Bluff offer climbers longer pitches than Carver and other local spots. Located in Lewis and Clark State Park, 15 miles east of Portland on I-84, Broughton also offers minimal top-roping opportunities at Hanging Gardens Wall, and bouldering at the Magma Zone.
Portland’s first outdoor climbing area is still popular with beginners. Walk to the top, sling your rope around a tree and rappel. For a change of pace, traverse the castle wall. Take I-84 east to the 82nd Avenue exit. Proceed north to Fremont. Turn right, go up hill to the college, and veer left to the white domes.
Nestled in the Mt. Hood National Forest, French’s Dome’s juggy andesite offers a completely different climbing experience from Portland’s other crags. Sport routes range from 5.6 to 5.12b. Highlights include a great 10b (“a true pumpfest”), and the classic Chinaman (11b) – arguably the best example of its grade in the state, outside of Smith Rock. Take Highway 26 east past Sandy to Zig Zag. Turn left on lo Pass Road. Set your odometer. It’s exactly 6.2 miles to the crag.