photo of Jack White and Steve Twelves on Olive Oil, Red Rocks Canyon, NV

Jack White and Steve Twelves on Cat in the Hat, Red Rocks Canyon, NV

Private
(one-to-one)
$250 per day
Two persons$175 each per day
Three persons$150 each per day
Ask about discounts for bookings of three days or more.  Special group rates for four or more persons are also available.

Climbing Instruction

Whether you've never climbed before, or want to sharpen your skills enough to redpoint your first 5.13, Rhino Guides provides the excellence in professional instruction you need for adventure and safety. Jim Shimberg carefully crafts each course to present a clear progression of techniques that simultaneously develop your ability and confidence.

  • Rock Climbing for Beginners

    Beginning climber at Rhino Guides

    We teach those who will be climbing for the first time or have only climbed indoors how to move on rock safely and how to safeguard their partner. Included is an introduction to the basic equipment used (the harness, the rope and and belay device, helmet, etc.), basic knots and tieing in and the climbing terminology you'll need. We'll be outside on a real crag so we can show you the basic techniques for moving efficiently on rock that will get you started on your way to the top.

  • Climbing on Ice

    Ice climbing as a specialty reconciles the urge to climb with the steep ice and snow slopes of winter in the big mountains, Two beginners in their first Rhino Guides ice climbing lesson and there's no question that making your way up a frozen waterfall is an amazing and thrilling experience. Putting crampons on your feet and ice axes in your hands allows the winter climber to ascend steep gullies and waterfalls safely, using ice screws and rock gear for protection. We'll introduce you to the equipment and techniques necessary, including the use of two thinner ropes (double or twin) in the winter, which allows a greater margin of safety and ease of descent via full-length rappel. The beautiful formations of ice crystals, snow and frost, frozen water in all its forms, are images that will remain in your mind forever.

  • Introduction to Top Roping

    Two rock climbers on top-rope

    Top roping is a popular and fun way to enjoy a day at the crags, and when done correctly, is a safe and effective way to develop your climbing skill on cliffs up to 100' high (with a 60-meter rope). The key to safe top rope climbing is knowing how to construct strong, secure anchors at the top for the climbing rope. We'll show you everything you need to know about building bomb-proof top rope anchors that are strong, redundant and perfectly equalized, and how to safely belay your partner from the ground.

  • Lead Climbing

    Lead climbing, sometimes called 'traditional' (or just 'trad'), involves placing your own fall-arresting protection as you climb, rock climber leading at a stance in the White Mountains then constructing a secure anchor from which to belay your partner (the 'second') from a position ('stance') mid-way up a cliff face. We'll instruct you in the use of different kinds of protection equipment (nuts, hexes, tricams, cam devices, etc.), anchor-building, belaying and rapelling and rope management. Then, before leading a climb, you need to know how to second-belay the leader, then follow him/her up the route, removing ('cleaning') the protection as you proceed. Multi-day courses will build on and reinforce the knowledge and skills acquired in previous instruction.

  • Sport Climbing

    sport climber at Rumney, NH

    Sport climbing is the most rapidly growing type of climbing. The fun and often competitive atmosphere, combines with the immediate gratification of completing a lot of routes in a single outing. In sport climbing, climbers follow predetermined routes and clip their ropes into permanently fixed anchors with metal hangers during the ascent. Gymnastic, difficult moves are the focus, so climbers do not spend strength and energy carrying and placing protection -- the name of the game is "quick and light." New Hampshire's fabled Rumney is one of the finest sports climbing venues anywhere, with easy routes for beginners and other routes that challenge even the world's best climbers.

  • Aid Climbing and Big Walls

    El Capitan at Yosemite National Park

    Aid or artificial climbing involves a style that uses webbing aiders and a method to ascend blank steep sections of rock which would be too difficult or impossible to free climb. Hauling water and gear efficiently is key to climbing the big walls like El Capitan, because doing so correctly saves precious energy for the fun part - the climbing itself. Placing cams, stoppers, skyhooks, pitons, and other pieces of protection properly is only a part of the process - other aspects involve staying hydrated, setting up the porta-ledge, and "hauling the pig" , all skills which must be refined by a lot of practice. But it's worth it. Aid climbing allows the climber to get to some amazing places!

  • Individual Guided Rock and Ice Climbing

    If you're a novice just starting out, an intermediate climber trying to elevate your skills to the next level, or a lead climber with some experience who wants to second harder routes before leading them, Jim Shimberg and Rhino Guides focuses on the goals of the individual climber using a guide. Learn something totally new, brush up on old skills, refine your climbing technique under the experienced eye of an objective coach, or just have a fun day in the mountains - whatever you have in mind. Tell us and we'll make sure you get just what you're looking for.