FAQ

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What to Bring

  • If you have your own climbing equipment, feel free to bring it, if not, all equipment will be provided at no extra charge.
  • Bring the same clothing, food, and water that you would bring if you were going on a day hike (i.e. comfortable clothing, preferably long non-restrictive pants, closed toe shoes, 3-4 liters of water, snacks and a lunch).
  • Bring writing materials to take notes.
  • If you have emergency medications, please bring them with you and make your guide aware.
  • Your guide will have sunscreen and a first aid kit, but bring your own if you'd like.

What to Expect

  • You and your guide will arrange to meet at a location that is convenient for you. 
  • After introductions, your guide will collect the Health Disclosure Form and Participant Liability Waiver.
  • You will follow your guide to INCO's private climbing area (The Tumtum Tombstone) near Tumtum, WA, Fisk State Park (aka McLellan Climbing Area), Riverside State Park (Deep Creek Climbing Area), or Vantage (aka Frenchman Coulee). All courses can be run at The Tumtum Tombstone or McLellan. Only the Sport Lead Climbing Course can be conducted at Deep Creek.  
  • Your guide will give you an orientation to the area you choose, a brief on basic safety principles, and then you'll start your climbing course. 

Gratuity/Payment

  • Gratuity is not included in the price of the course. If your guide did a good job, let them know. A 10-20 percent tip is standard in the guiding industry. 
  • I.N.C.O. will accept cash, checks, or credit cards; bring your preferred payment method on the day of your course.

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Where Can I.N.C.O. Guide

INCO has permits and can conduct courses at all the areas listed above. See below for descriptions of each area.

WHICH CLIMBING AREA TO CHOOSE

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The Tumtum Tombstone

The Tumtum Tombstone is located on private property owned by Inland Northwest Climbing Outfitters. This area provides a great teaching/learning environment with few distractions. Routes range from 5.7+ to 5.11 with an even mix of Sport and Trad Routes, on great granite rock. 

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McLellan Climbing Area at Fisk State Park

McLellan offers incredible climbing, with routes ranging from 5.5 to 5.13 on granite rock. The area has a good mix of sport and trad climbing. Most courses will be run at Hummel's Landing (aka The Cove). Hummel's Landing is a sub-area within McLellan. It's a popular cliff jumping destination; however, it also has very safe climbing, in moderate grades, ranging from 5.5 to 5.10a, in a beautiful setting on the Spokane River. This would be a great place to choose if you're ok with some people being nearby during your course. It's also a nice way to get familiar with an area that can be a bit confusing to explore on your own. 

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Deep Creek Climbing Area at Riverside State Park

Deep Creek has Spokane's most difficult sport climbs on basalt rock. While most of the climbs at Deep Creek are 5.11a and up, the Billy Wall (a sub-area within Deep Creek) offers some great moderates from 5.6 to 5.10. There are no trad routes at Deep Creek, and it's not a good location to work on top rope anchors. As such, we can only offer the Sport Lead Climbing Course and Custom Courses at Deep Creek. Deep Creek is a beautiful setting and offers unique climbing on really cool rock. If you're looking to get familiar with one of Spokane's best sport climbing destinations, this may be a good pick for your sport lead climbing course. 

Vantage aka Frenchman Coulee

Vantage offers phenomenal climbing on Basalt Pillars. Climbs range from 5.easy to 5.12. Vantage has about a 50/50 mix of trad and sport routes. It's one of the only areas in Washington that offers year round climbing opportunities. You'll see climbers sending at Sunshine Wall and the Feathers in January and February if it isn't snowing. INCO can guide trips at Vantage year round; however, if the temps are below 40 degrees on the date you select for the trip; we will request that you reschedule. Vantage is a 2 hour 30 minute drive (one way) from the Spokane area, and a Discover Pass is required. You will need to provide your own transportation. Vantage sees a lot of climbing traffic, if you don't want a crowd around during your course, this may not be the best area to choose. 

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Custom Courses

  • If you have a specific objective or skill set you would like to learn, courses can be customized. 

How To Book a Course

  • There are three options:
    • Book your course here on the "contact and registration" page.
    • Call 509-515-3243 or email: inlandclimbing@gmail.com.
    • Stop in at NW Outdoors (3220 N. Division St, Spokane, WA 99207) and speak with a knowledgeable staff member. They can help you decide what course will fit your experience level and book the course for you. While you're there, check out some great deals on climbing equipment and shoes!