Family Fun

Our family rock climbing program is one of the most popular family advenutres in the Methow Valley. Join us for 4 hours of climbing in Mazama throughout the summer season. Program includes instruction if desired, or can simply be a day of experiencing the art of rock climbing and rappelling.

We customize the entire adventure around your family’s abilities and goals — it can be a mellow climbing day including many breaks or can be non-stop challenging activity depending on your family.

Beyond the Volcanoes

Already climbed Mt. Rainier, Baker or Mt. Hood? Looking for the next step?
 
As guides living and working in the Northwest we run into a lot of climbers that have started their climbing careers on one of the big Northwest Volcanoes. For many of these climbers their next steps are to climb higher and higher peaks around the world. Unfortunately, this progression is only possible by choosing climbs that do not involve much more than walking on steep snow.
 

Rock Climbing in Mazama

In recent years the Upper Methow Valley has blossomed into a major sport climbing destination. With numerous crags and scores of routes in the moderate grades, Mazama is one of the best places in Washington to learn to rock climb, improve your climbing ability or focus on technical skills. We create safe, positive and effective learning environments for climbers of all abilities. We have taught hundreds of people how to climb and have taken many of them much further into the vertical environment than they ever dreamed possible.

Goat Wall - Sysiphus

Goat wall is a 1500 foot wall that rises up above the Methow river, just off of the valley floor, right here in Mazama.
 
The rock is a metamorphosed, sedimentary rock and while it doesn’t fracture into clean crack systems, it does offer an abundance of edges that make this rock supremely climbable.
 

Goat Wall - Prime Rib

Goat wall is a 1500 foot wall that rises up above the Methow river, just off of the valley floor, right here in Mazama. The rock is a metamorphosed, sedimentary rock and while it doesn’t fracture into clean crack systems, it does offer an abundance of edges that make this rock supremely climbable.
 

Washington Pass Climbing

NCMG guide and author of the Supertopo guide to Washington pass, Ian Nicholson, calls this area “the best alpine rock destination in North America.”  With scores of classic climbs covering the full spectrum of difficulties, there is truly something here for everyone.  Offering an all snow approach in the early season, these climbs can have a distinctly alpine feel in the Spring and early Summer.  Later in the Summer, the approaches become snow free and most of these climbs can be reached in a pair of approach shoes in only an hour or two.  This allows us the unique opportunity to spend the

Washington Pass Backcountry Skiing

A short but fun snowmobile ride up the spectacular North Cascades Highway let’s you access the best backcountry ski and splitboarding terrain in the state. With the annual closure of the North Cascades Highway in the late fall due to heavy snowfalls, the season for backcountry skiing adventure starts and lasts well into April. The touring opportunities in this zone are plentiful, and superb by any measure. The terrain is well suited for all abilities and our guides know the area better than almost anyone.

AMGA Course and Exam Prep

NCMG Owners Jeff Ward and Larry Goldie are instructors and examiners for the American Mountain Guides Association guide training and certification programs.  Jeff is one of the lead instructors for the AMGA and also serves on the AMGA’s Technical Committee.  Larry is an AMGA instructor and examiner that also teaches Level 3 and Instructor training courses for AIARE.

Rock Rescue

This is a 2 day program designed to teach you the basics of rescuing a fallen leader or an injured partner. This program is tailored to improvised climber rescue using only the equipment you are likely to have on a typical multipitch climb. Participants should be competent, traditional lead climbers.