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The Southern Terrain is committed to providing safe, seamless and world-class experiences to the world’s most remote places.

 

The Southern Terrain is the area’s leader in the sport of rock climbing, whether it’s just going out for your first climb or you want to begin to develop your skills to a point where you can go out and climb on your own. We offer 4-hour sessions in two San Diego County sites and also at one site in Riverside County. If you’re an experienced climber that wants to learn more we offer private courses where we can teach you everything you need to know.

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Welcome to the Southern Terrain

At the Southern Terrain we always put your safety as our number one priority and our certified guides provide all necessary gear and instruction prior to anyone heading up the rock. We pride ourselves on our guide certifications and continue to develop our staff in accordance with the certifications and standards provided by the AMGA. TST can handle group sizes from a private group of 1 or 2 all the way up to large groups of 50 while still providing a safe and enjoyable experience for all climbers.

 

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Climbing Sites:

 

Mission Trails Regional Park – San Diego    

Mission Trails is one of the largest urban parks in the U.S. and the largest in California with an area of over 5,800 acres of canyons, hills, the San Diego River. With all this usable space Mission Trails boasts some of the best granite in the county. Mission Gorge was actually one of the first established climbing areas in the county and remains popular due to the wide ranges of crack and face climbing routes. Whether it is your first time climbing or you are looking for a challenging 5.10 this is the place to be if you live in San Diego.

We offer our 4 hour introductory climbing sessions, 4 hour intermediate sessions as well as all of our advanced climbing courses at this site. San Diego weather allows us to climb at this site year round with reasonable temperatures and minimal rainy days. Contact us today to schedule your next climbing adventure. info@thesouthernterrain.com

Information:

Cost for a 4 hr session:

Individual $125

Private Session-call for rates

Location:

Mission Trails Regional Park

 

Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree is among the best places in the world to climb and attracts climbers from around the globe to this very unique environment. The amount of climbing here is many lifetimes on rocks that are all composed of quartz monzonite, a very rough typerock climbing Southern California of granite made even more so as there is no snow or ice to polish it as in places like Yosemite. Joshua Tree is a traditional climbers’ paradise with lots and lots of great crack and mixed climbing.

Joshua Tree is a great spot to spend a weekend camping and climbing and we can provide all of this to you. We also offer a wide range of courses and large group outings here. The weather is best in the spring and fall but climbing can also be done most days in the winter.

Information:

Dates:

October 6-7

October 20-21

Yoga and Climbing Retreat:

November 2-4

Location:

Joshua Tree National Park

 

 

Climbing Courses:

 

Top-Roping: Rock Basics

This course is designed to teach beginning climbers how to set up and safely use a top-rope system. Having taken the course, climbers will have the skills to head out on their own and climb routes with accessible top-rope bolt anchors. Such routes are common throughout San Diego’s oldest and most popular climbing crag, Mission Gorge, as well as other climbing areas throughout southern California and beyond

Information:

Dates:
Call to schedule your Basics Rock Climbing Courseoutdoor rock climbing San Diego

Course Length:
6 Hours

Difficulty:
Beginner – no prior experience required

Prerequisites:
None

Pricing:

Class Size

Cost/Student

1

$250

2

$145

3-4

$115

5-6

$95

 

● Basic Equipment – We will cover what you need to begin climbing on your own safely. You will be provided with basic equipment and instructed on how to use, clean, and inspect the equipment prior to climbing. The equipment we will go over includes harness, helmet, rope, rope bag, belay and rappel devices, locking and non-locking carabiners, daisy chains, sewn slings, webbing, and cord.
● Route Selection – Your instructor will teach you how to read a climbing topo in order to choose a route that is appropriate for you.

● Knots – You will learn the appropriate knots for tying in to climb, setting up a top-rope system, making loops of cord and webbing, and closing the system.

● Belaying – You will practice how to rig different belay devices, perform safety checks, use proper belay commands, and follow techniques to safely belay a climber.

● Rappelling – Your will learn how to set up a rappel and use descending techniques using a friction hitch back-up.

● Top-Rope Anchors – Your instructor will show you the proper way to set up a bomber top-rope anchor and go over special considerations. You will practice one technique that will be suitable for climbing at any climbing site where there are accessible top-rope anchor bolts.

After completion of this course you will qualify to take any of our advanced courses. If you’re interested in learning how to lead climb our sport or traditional climbing classes would be a good direction to go. As with all climbers it is always a good idea to take a climber self rescue class so that you’re always prepared for any situation.

 

Top-Roping: Advanced Anchors

Building on Rock Basics, this course focuses on building the more complex anchors that many great routes require. After gaining the skills required to place traditional gear, clients will have the ability to set up any route with TR accessibility. This is essential to enjoying the awesome climbs in places such as Joshua Tree where the vast majority of the climbs require gear anchors.

Information:

Dates:
Call to schedule your Top-Roping: Advanced Anchors  Rock Climbing Courserock climbing in San Diego

Course Length:
6 Hours

Difficulty:
Intermediate – experience required

Prerequisites:
Top-Roping: Rock Basics

Pricing:

Class Size

Cost/Student

1

$250

2

$145

3-4

$115

5-6

$95

● Equipment – In addition to the equipment we used in Rock Basics, this course will cover traditional gear such as cams and chocks. You will learn to effectively place and remove camming units as well as different types of chocks such as nuts, hexagonal chocks, and Tri-cams.

● Knots – Building on the knots learned in Rock Basics, you will master several other knots necessary to build gear anchors.

● Top Rope Anchors – Your instructor will show you the proper way to set up a bomber top- rope anchor. You will be shown various techniques to achieve an EARNEST anchor using passive, active, and natural protection.

After completion of this course you will qualify to take any of our advanced courses. If you’re interested in learning how to lead climb our sport or traditional climbing classes would be a good direction to go as you build on your knowlege of traditional climbing gear. As with all climbers it is always a good idea to take a climber self rescue class so that you’re always prepared for any situation

 

Reservation Cancellation Policy: Due to the time, staffing requirements and expense of setting up the routes our policy on climbing reservations is to NOT ACCEPT cancellations within 48 hrs of your reserved climbing date and time. Please keep this in mind when you are making your climbing reservation.

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Frequently Asked Questions:


Do I need to have my own equipment?
The southern Terrain will provide all the technical equipment you require.
Where do I park when I arrive?
You will need to park at the west entrance by the visitors center. There is parking when you first pull into the park entrance as well as a gravel parking lot next to the visitor center. Please note the visitor center closes their parking lot gates at 7 pm sharp.
Do I need to have climbing shoes?
We ask that you bring water, comfortable clothes, solid shoes, snacks, and a smile! A small day pack is nice to have but not necessary.
How long is the hike to the climbing area?
The hike from the visitors center to the climbing takes approximately 20 minutes. The start of the hike is on paved road with one side exclusively for pedestrians and cyclists. We will reach a dirt trail that will take us up to the site. This trail is steep in sections and gains 400 feet of elevation over a series of switchbacks. Once on the trail we will have great views of San Diego and Mission Trails Regional Park.
What is the youngest person that can sign up for a climb?
Eight years old is a good benchmark; however we have had younger and it depends on their size. Please call us or e-mail us at climb@thesouthernterrain.com to speak to a representative.
Can I schedule my own group?
We can schedule a private group any time of the week. Please contact us at climb@thesouthernterrain.com or call our office on (858) 356-9411 and a Southern Terrain representative will help coordinate your group.
How hot does it get?
In the summer we are shaded from the sun until 11am. The temperatures can reach 90 degrees and we recommend bringing extra water and sunscreen with you for your climbing experience.
What if it is raining or there is rain in the forecast?
You will be notified by your guide 2 hours prior to your scheduled program if it has been cancelled. If it has rained in the past 24 hours please check your e-mail account to see if the program has been cancelled. If it starts raining during the program we will cancel only if there is a danger of staying out on the cliffs. If you have questions about whether the program is running or not please contact us at climb@thesouthernterrain.com or call our office on (858) 356-9411.

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