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First Ascent is accredited
by the American Mountain Guides Association

   
 
 
 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

got questions? we've got answers

We at First Ascent want to assure you that your day(s) of climbing will be an excellent and exciting adventure. Your safety, of course, is our highest priority. We are an accredited AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association) guide service.

» What kind of shape should I be in to participate?
» Is there any age limitation?
» Where do we meet?
» What about tipping the guide?
» What equipment will I need?
» What should I wear?
» How about food and water?
» What if we have bad weather?
» What is your cancellation policy?



 

What kind of shape should I be in to participate? Is there anything I can do to physically prepare to climb?

Rock climbing is a relatively strenuous activity. You don't have to be a trained athlete, but you should be in good physical condition. If you have recently participated in such things as hiking, biking, tennis, swimming, working out, jogging, etc., you will be physically prepared to climb. Daily stretching before your climbing date is recommended so that your flexibility is improved. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE ABLE TO DO PULLUPS IN ORDER TO CLIMB! As you will hear your guide say, climbing is all in the feet! If you use your feet, you can get up a climb with a lot less effort than if you pull up with your arms.

Is there any age limitation?

Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Minimum recommended age is around 5 or 6 years old. We make exceptions, of course, but usually kids' attention spans are not ready to handle climbing before age 5.

Where do we meet?

If you are driving in the morning of the climb, we will meet you at Redpoint Climbers Supply at the Smith Rock turnoff of Highway 97 in Terrebonne (see map to Redpoint). The direct number to Redpoint is 541-923-6207. You will follow your guide down to the park where there is a $3.00 fee per vehicle to park for the day. If we have arranged a different meeting place than Redpoint, it should be dicussed and confirmed before the day of the scheduled guiding.

What about tipping the guide?

If your guide does a good job for you, it is completely appropriate and really appreciated if you give them a tip. The amount is up to you.

What equipment will I need?

We furnish all of the equipment you will need for the cost of the guiding. We have the highest quality ropes, harnesses, belay devices, etc., on the market and they are constantly checked and monitored for signs of wear. We replace our equipment on a regular basis.

What should I wear?

Loose fitting clothing is good. Jeans are binding and restrictive, so not recommended. Mornings can be cool and days can be hot, so LAYER! You should wear comfortable hiking shoes with good traction. (No flip flops, Birkenstocks or leather soled shoes, please).

How about food and water?

Bring a minimum of 2 liters of water per person, 3 is even better. It's very important that you stay hydrated because you will be exercising rigorously. We recommended light eating, such as sandwiches, energy bars, fruit, etc. Please do not bring coolers.

Required equipment & clothing list

  • T-shirt or tank top
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Fleece jacket or sweatshirt
  • Hiking shorts, climbing shorts or other athletic shorts
  • Loose fitting pants - blue jeans not recommended
  • Thin socks or liners for climbing shoes (optional)
  • Cap with visor or other sun hat
  • Sunglasses - Sun block, SPF 15 or better
  • Lightweight hiking shoes or tennis shoes - sandals not recommended
  • Day pack - 1400 to 2000 cubic inches
  • Three liters of water per person - sodas not recommended
  • Food and snacks
  • Camera (optional)

What if we have bad weather?

If you and your guide agree that the weather is not good enough, you can decide that morning whether to make it a go or not. Once you and your guide have left Redpoint, the full amount will be due. Should you decide to reschedule there will be no administration fee.

What is your cancellation policy?

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY, AND CALL US IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS!

You are required to give at least 48 hours notice of cancellation. If you cancel within the 48 hour period, 50% of your total fee will be forfeited. We also require a 48 hour notice of a change in the number of people climbing. If you book for 6 people and come in the morning of the guiding with only five, you will be charged for 6. If you are late on the day of your scheduled guiding, the guide will wait for a total of 2 hours unless you call to notify us of your delay. After that time, you forfeit your day and the full amount will be charged to your credit card. Also, please remember that your climbing day is approximately 8 hours. The day officially begins at the time you schedule. Any late time is deducted from the 8 hour total.

If you are in need of any of the items listed on your equipment list, the following are available for purchase at Redpoint:

  • Energy bars
  • Additional clothing
  • Backpacks ($ to $$)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hats
  • Lightweight hiking shoes

We will look forward to meeting you and if you have questions not listed and need any additional information, please don't hesitate to call (800-325-5462; 541-548-5137) or email us.

 
FOR BEGINNERS:
We will familiarize you with all aspects of safety before you climb. You will learn proper techniques, knot tying and belaying. We will begin on a very introductory level climb and progress only according to your ability. We will encourage you, support you and give you helpful advice to enable you to accomplish your goals.
FOR THE MORE ADVANCED:
We will design your climbing day (s) based on your experience level. Whether it's following more difficult routes, doing multi-pitch routes or learning to lead gear routes or bolted routes.

 

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