Chillino SESSIONS California

Chillino Sessions California


Meet other local climbers from San Diego and greater SoCal area.


Join us on a regular basis and become a confident outdoor climber,


Climb and discover new areas at SESSIONS.


Learn a new skill every time you join. E.g. rappelling, anchors, lead climbing (mock), various knots, gear management and more skills,

Affordable Rates

Take advantage of our package deals of 3, 6 or 10 SESSIONS. See rate chart below.


How to Sign Up

Sign up for a minimum of 1 (drop in), 3, 6 or 10 sessions. Prerequisites: confident at tying a figure 8 follow through knot and PLUS belaying technique or taking our Intro to rock climbing class.

Every Second Sunday. Half day San Diego local Sessions (4.5hr) and full day *field trips (8hr) to various locations in SoCal - see calendar below.


Happy customers

Highly recommend Fabi! He is super organized, friendly and safe. He was on time, prepared with everything we needed, fully explained everything we needed to know and made sure we felt safe during every step. He’s super encouraging and really knows what he is doing!
Anna T.
What an amazing experience! We took the beginners class, and so happy we did, Fabi was very knowledgeable, breaking instructions down step by step making it easier and fun to learn! After learning all the important safety steps we got to climbing right away, with fabi right there giving us pointers on the best route to take. I left class feeling more confident in my abilities to climb. Fabi has such a chill, friendly, and encouraging way of teaching, it felt like we were learning with a friend. I highly reccomend. Thank you for sharing your knowledge Fabi!
Kailyn F.
Had such an incredible time doing my first trad rock climbing multi pitch! Coach Jakob was extremely professional and taught my friend and I so much. We went up over 2,000 feet and got to the top of a stunning mountain in Idyllwild. He was informative and we felt completely safe the entire time. It was a fun and beautiful adventure. We would highly recommend Jakob and Chillino Rock Climbing Group for your upcoming adventures!
Valerie H.
My partner and I just finished an intro climbing class with Chillino and it was fantastic! Our guide was Fabi and he was knowledgeable, friendly, encouraging and always put safety first. A great introduction to outdoor climbing with an emphasis on learning basics the right way and having fun, whatever your skill level. We started with an overview of equipment, a short hike in Mission Hills and a thorough training on using the equipment. We had the chance to do several lines at our own pace. All were a good challenge! Overall, a great class and highly recommend :)
Grace M.
Absolutely incredible experience! I hardly have any experience as a climber and Fabian did a great job at showing me the basics and making sure I knew how to safely and adequately climb. There was plenty of time for me to get my hands dirty and the location was beautiful! The team that came along was very positive and encouraging! Would definitely recommend Fabian's climbing options!
Tiffany C.

Look up your preferred dates + locations in the calendar and indicate them in the booking form when checking out (notes section). In case you do not know all your dates yet! No problem, we will keep your sessions as credit and you can schedule them anytime within the expiration time period – see terms below)

Location Links (click for Google maps link)

Chillino Sessions Calendar + Locations '24+'25

* Field Trips = Full 8hr day valued at 2 SESSIONS ** Weekend Field Trips are valued at 5 SESSIONS, camping included


Scheduling Policies

Climbers have to be 16 years and older to be able to join and schedule. You can schedule your sessions all at once or a few at a time. Please keep the following expiration terms in mind when booking your package:
  • A package of 3 sessions is valid for 4 months after purchase.
  • A package of 6 sessions is valid for 10 months after purchase.
  • A package of 10 sessions is valid for 12 months after purchase.
Please make sure to have all your sessions scheduled within the valid time frame after purchasing. We create our signup sheet on a first-come-first-serve base. Therefore, please allow 21 days for scheduling in some cases.

Re-scheduling, cancellation and refund policies

Purchased packages are non-refundable and non-transferable. You may reschedule any session until 5 days before (120hrs) the day it is scheduled – please re-schedule until no later than Tuesday morning 7.00am. Later requests for re-scheduling cannot be honored.

Questions and Answers

Q: Do I need to have climbing experience in order to join?

A: Yes. You need to have minimal experience! Every climber joining is expected to know how to safely use a top rope setup (on both sides of the rope, being the climber and the belayer). If you need to brush up on your top roping skills, please sign up for our intro class first as this will get you ready to join any of our community sessions. If you sign up for the intro class and purchase a community sessions package you receive a 25% discount on your intro class Link to sign up for intro class here 

Q: Do I need to bring my own climbing equipment?

A: No. We provide all necessary rock climbing equipment for you in case you do not own your personal gear. You may consider purchasing your own gear as you progress and join our sessions more often. Climbing with our guide will help you to make choices regarding future gear purchases. Members are encouraged to bring their own gear if they own it (shoes, helmet, harness, carabiners, belay device/s, rope/s, etc.) When you sign up, we will send you a link to a questionnaire asking for the items of rental gear you need.Q: How long are the sessions and how is the flow of each session?

A: Each session is set for 4 or 4.5 hours from “car to car” – we meet up at the parking lot and we will be back at the car (parking lot) 4 hours later. The approach time differs from location to location. Since most sessions take place at Mission Trails, expect about 30min hike each way (at a moderate to slow pace). Here is an example of a possible timeline:

Sundays (4.5 hrs session): 07.00am: meet up at the visitor center parking lot at MT

07.00am – 07.15am: meet and greet + gear fitting (if needed) 15min

07.15am – 07.45am: hike to climb site via “Climber’s loop trail’ 30min

07.45am – 10.45am: climb and meet other climbers. Learn new skills. 3hrs

10.45am – 11.00am: climb site “clean up” – get ready to leave. 15min

11.00am – 11.30am: hike back to the parking lot of visitor center 30min

Q: is there a minimum age for participating?

A: Yes. It is 16 years. If you are younger or have younger kids, there is an opportunity to sign up for our kids climbing sessions.

Q: How many climbers will be in the group at maximum?

A: At maximum there will be 7 in the group – 6 climbers + 1 of our guides

Q: Where will the climbing take place?

A: Mostly at Mission Trails Regional Park and other climbing areas throughout San Diego county (please look at the “Community sessions” calendar for dates and location updates). We try to rotate our specific climb sites for every session as much as we can but you might be climbing at the same spot for more than one session. Potential other locations are: Lake Dixon, Santee Boulders and Mt. Woodson

Q: Do I have to schedule all sessions at once?

A: No. You can book one session at a time. However, we encourage you to put as many sessions on your calendar as possible since our sessions are intended to get you out climbing often. Reservations will be taken on a first-come-first-serve basis. Remember that sessions will expire after a certain time period after purchase (4 months for the 3-pack, 10 months for the 6-pack, 12 months for the 10 pack). 

Q: Does each individual community session follow a certain class schedule?

A: Other than having ‘ready to go’ top rope set ups – No! Our community sessions are very dynamic and flexible with regards to what will be taught. It is mainly an outlet to top rope climb, meet other climbers and to create an opportunity to safely practice outdoor top rope climbing on a regular basis and under the mentorship of our guides. We will present a “skill of the week” at every session and these “skills” are beyond the scope of top rope climbing. You are also encouraged to ask many questions during our sessions. 

Q: Am I allowed to lead climb in any of the community sessions?

A: Generally No. Community sessions are mainly intended to bring routine to your climbing habits through outdoor top rope climbing. By frequently joining our sessions, you will automatically improve your movement skills. Other technical rope skills will be added in our “skill of the week” section of every session. This section includes the practice of advanced skills that go beyond top rope climbing.

Q: Will I be able to lead climb and set up anchors after completing a few sessions?

A: No. However, there will be lead climbing and other (more advanced) skills presented and practiced throughout our sessions. The more you come the more knowledge you will pick up from our guides and other community members. We guarantee that you will have a great understanding of the lead climbing and anchoring process after having joined us for twelve sessions4