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Chiatura Rock Climbing Course

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  • 3 Days
  • 1:4 Guide Ratio
  • Technical Difficulty: Beginners - Intermediate
  • Available All Year

This Chiatura Rock Climbing Course is located in a fascinating old Soviet Union industrial mining town, nestled between soaring limestone rock walls and scattered with old cable cars swinging above. This curious little town has become a rock climber’s heaven, with multitudes of different level crags, all with easy access and approach. There can be few better places to start learning rock climbing than here in the breathtaking Imereti region of Georgia. Chiatura is not only home to some of the best rock climbing, but also some incredible cultural artifacts of Georgian history. We will be able to visit the medieval Katskhi Pillar, a limestone pillar standing 40m high with a 9th or 10th century-built monastery perched on top.

With our certified local guides, you will discover the best Georgian climbing spots while growing your strength and climbing knowledge throughout the length of the instruction. This rock climbing course in Chiatura is an incredible learning tool for climbers from absolute beginners to advanced climbers.  We can even customize your course based on your group’s individual skill levels. Check out some of other climbing courses here to see what all we have to offer for you and your group. 

You will leave this Chiatura Rock climbing course with an extensive knowledge that you can use for the rest of your climbing career. Beyond this knowledge, you will leave having an incredible trip and wonderfully unique rock-climbing experience with our friendly guides in this magnificent location.

Course Outcomes

Our professional local guides will introduce you to all the skills and knowledge needed to get started climbing. Over the course of 3 days (or more, up to 6 days), you will receive high quality training and learn essential skills such as:

  • Basic climbing knowledge
  • Climbing movement skills
  • Climbing verbiage and communication
  • Lead climbing on bolted single and multi-pitches
  • Using a belay device
  • Anchors and rappels
  • Self-rescue techniques
  • Descending techniques
  • Rope work (knots and handling)
  • Equipment training (both personal and fixed safety equipment)

Experience Recommended

No prior rock-climbing experience is necessary for this course. You should, however, be physically fit and have a love for the outdoors. Biking, swimming, and hiking are all great ways to prepare for this course. To get familiar with this vertical playground, you can check out your local climbing gym. (Recommended but not required!)

Fitness Levels recommended

You should have a good level of physical fitness. You can prepare by doing some hiking, trail running, swimming, or cycling.

Chiatura Rock Climbing Course Itinerary 

*We can design itineraries for your group up to 6 days, if you are interested. This is our basic itinerary and is fully customizable as per your requests and needs.

Day 1

In the early morning, your guide will meet you and you will be transported to Chiatura region, which is about a 2 hour drive from Tbilisi. We will drive straight to the climbing area. Before we begin, we will first get to know the climbing equipment and learn how to use it. This day your guide will instruct you on basic climbing moves, safety techniques on single pitches, rope work, and climbing verbiage and communication. After climbing, we will drive to the Sveri Adventure camp, where you can choose between camping in tents or sleeping in the wooden house.

*You should be in Tbilisi the night before the first full day of the course.

Day 2

After breakfast we’ll drive to an incredible climbing area called Katskhi, where we can first stop and view the magnificen Katskhi pillar and monastery. When we reach the rock, we will put to use all the skills we learned the day before. After a good warmup, you will climb harder routes with the supervision and instruction of your guide. On this day we’ll learn belaying, abseiling techniques, rope skills, and risk management on fall dangers and ropes. Your guide will drive you back to the camp and you’ll rest for the night.

Day 3

This day we will put all of our learning to work! A full day of climbing on the rocks, where you’ll spend time lead climbing and belaying your climbing partner under the supervision of your instructor. We will climb just a 10 minute walk from the Sveri camp. After a full day, we will return to the camp and pack our things. Your group and the instructor will head back to Tbilisi where you’ll be dropped off.

Equipment Needed for the Course

Technical Gear

Helmet – Standard climbing helmet

Harness – Standard climbing harness that fits snugly around the waist. Make sure it is not too big at it’s smallest adjusted size.

Climbing hardware – 1 belay, 120 cm sling, 3 screw gate karabiners, 60 cm sling tape for prussik

Personal Clothing & Gear

25-30 liters backpack

Rock climbing shoes

Headlamp

Sunglasses

Sun hat

Chalk bag

Other Essentials

Water bottle

Atleast 1 liter

Sun cream

 

Pricing Options

  • Group of 1 — 780 EUR per person
  • Group of 2 — 420 EUR per person
  • Group of 3 — 300 EUR per person
  • Group of 4 — 245 EUR per person

*Please contact us for pricing on groups larger than 4 people

Price Includes

  • 3 days with GMGA certified local mountain guide (English and/or Russian speaking)
  • Meals
  • Transportation to and from Tbilisi
  • Accommodation Guesthouse or Tents at Sveri Camp (2 nights)

Price Excludes

  • Alcoholic beverages and snacks
  • Equipment rental fees
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance