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Stepantsminda Climbing Course

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  • 3 days
  • 1:4 Guide Ratio
  • Technical Difficulty: Beginners - Intermediate
  • Available April-November

Our Stepantsminda Climbing course is located in a beautiful mountainous region in the Upper Caucasus, just a 3-hour drive from the center of Tbilisi. It is home to some of the most iconic mountain peaks of Georgia, soaring over the scattered villages below. Here there is a world of rock-climbing opportunities for all levels of abilities, where you can climb spectacular volcanic rock while being surrounded by impressive peaks and landscapes.

With our friendly local guides, you will visit two different climbing areas close to the base. Throughout the duration of this Stepantsminda Climbing course, you will build your confidence levels and climbing knowledge. This course is designed to give you a fantastic introduction to rock climbing and is suitable for people with no prior climbing experience, to people who want to further enhance their abilities and skills. We also offer rock climbing courses in different regions of Georgia, for an entirely different location experience. Check out one our other rock climbing courses here 

You will leave this 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 special location.

We can provide you a tailor made and enjoyable custom training course with the many different crags of Stepantsminda, for each person’s skillset and level of rock climbing.

Stepantsminda Climbing 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, you will receive high quality training and learn essential skills such as:

  • Basic climbing knowledge
  • Multi pitch climbing skills
  • 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.

Price Includes

  • 3 days with GMGA certified local mountain guide (English and/or Russian speaking)
  • Transportation to and from Tbilisi
  • Accommodation - 2 nights in Stepantsminda Guest House
  • Breakfast in hotel

Price Excludes

  • Alcoholic beverages and snacks
  • Equipment rental fees
  • Personal Clothing & Gear

Pricing Options

  • Group of 1 — 680 EUR per person
  • Group of 2 — 340 EUR per person
  • Group of 3 — 227 EUR per person
  • Group of 4 — 210 EUR per person

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

Course Itinerary (Customizable) 

*This itinerary reflects 3-day beginners climbing course in Stepantsminda. Because of the wide range of crags, we are able to design custom itineraries for each group’s needs up to 6 days. Please contact us so we can happily create a perfect itinerary for you! Our other rock climbing courses are completely customizable also, please feel free to check them out here and let us know which one you are interested in. 

Day 1

In the early morning, your guide will meet you and you will be transported to Stepantsminda region, which is about a 3 hour drive from Tbilisi. We will arrive to a small local village called Sioni, which will be our base for the course. We will stay in a lovely village house with shared accommodation. We’ll drive just a few minutes to the first climbing location where 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. We’ll return to the house and rest for the night.

Day 2

After breakfast we’ll head to the second climbing area and 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.

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. After a full day, we will return to the house 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

Harness – Mountaineering or climbing harness with 2 screw karabiners and 60cm tape sling. Harness should be able to fit with your mountaineering jackets on

Helmet – Standard climbing helmet

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 

Chalk bag

Climbing Chalk

Other Essentials

50+ SPF Sun protection SPF for lips and face.

Reusable water bottle – Up to 1 liter