$150 - $850
Reach your next level and climb outdoors every week.
Meet other local climbers and make friendships.
Develop confidence with our “Master Your Skills” teaching philosophy.
Learn new skills from our expert guides every session.
How to Sign Up
Every Second Sunday, 7am – 11.30am, various locations (see calendar below)
Chillino Sessions Calendar 2022
Location Links (click for Google maps link)
Weekly Sessions Rates
Re-scheduling, cancellation and refund policies
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 (2 months for the 3-pack, 5 months for the 6-pack, 8 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 sessions.