Find crack climbs to be substantially harder than face climbs? Want to climb in the desert or El Capitan?  This is our only course that focuses strictly on technique, testament to the importance of technique for crack climbing. Our focus is to greatly improve participants crack climbing skills, so that hand jams feel as great as jugs, finger locks in line with incut crimpers, and so on. In place of grabbing and stepping on to holds, crack climbing requires that we fill the negative space of the crack with our fingers, hands, hand stacks, fists, arms, feet and bodies. It is not as intuitive as face climbing, and as is the case, instruction will greatly benefit any skill level. Our guides have years of experience climbing, from desert towers to the big walls of Yosemite. We will customize our course to fit participant’s goals whether it is hand jams, finger cracks, or heinous off-widths. Whatever the case this course will help you to hone in your crack skills.

OVERVIEW: Broaden your climbing skills and open up new doors.

PREREQUISITES: Proficient with belaying, commands, and basic knots.   Consider our other Intro to Outdoor Rock or Anchors Clinic if you feel you need to gain the basics.

TIME: 8:00 – 4:00

RATIO: Max 6:1


  • Professional climbing guide
  • Personal Climbing Gear (rock climbing shoes, harness, helmet)
  • Group Gear: Ropes, carabiners, climbing protection, slings, cordelettes, etc.


  • Food, transport, lodging
  • Technical clothing, backpack, etc.
  • Rescue insurance
  • Trip insurance
  • Guide gratuity
  • Unforeseen expenses from circumstances outside of Montana Alpine Guides’ control


Montana Alpine Guides, 11 Enterprise Blvd, Bozeman, MT 59718

What our clients say about us

“We had a great time climbing Gallatin Tower in the Gallatin River Valley. Our group ranged in age from 8 to 43. Our guides, Genevieve and Kyle, were able to find routes to accommodate all of us. They really did a fantastic job.”

“Had the best time climbing with Montana Alpine Guides. Sam is a fantastic guide that I would recommend to anyone visiting Montana and the surrounding areas.”

Course Duration

1 Day

Course Dates

  • Custom Dates, contact us for details


  • Max 6:1