Frequently Asked Questions
ARE YOU CERTIFIED TO TAKE PEOPLE ROCK CLIMBING?
We can’t speak for other guide companies, but all Midwest Mountain Guides, Instructors/guides are certified by either the Professional Climbing Instructors Association (PCIA), the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) or both. You will find links to both these organizations on the home page of our website.
WHY SHOULD I CLIMB WITH A GUIDE?
A guide is someone who is personable, experienced, and takes pride in our profession. We are trained to teach people how to climb outdoors whether they are a beginner or experienced climber. We take an inherently dangerous activity and effectively teach you how to mitigate the hazards. You don’t have to wander around on your vacation trying to access climbing routes, we know where they are and can take you to them quickly and safely. We teach you the tools needed for a lifetime of adventure.
IS IT NORMAL TO BE AFRAID OF HEIGHTS?
Of course it is…and it is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, it is a good thing because in some extreme sports, fear is what keeps us alive. However, when we overcome those anxieties, it makes the experience that much more exciting and fulfilling. Having those anxieties also makes us more vigilant in our procedures. Proper education and a technical understanding of the equipment helps control the anxiety. Going rock climbing with a professionally trained guide also aids in minimizing fears.
HOW YOUNG CAN CHILDREN BE TO GO ROCK CLIMBING?
The minimum age is 6 years old. Parents must be present to sign liability waivers for all minors prior to us setting out for a climbing course or have made prior arrangements to obtain and sign a form that arrives with the minor taking the course.
WHAT TIME DO COURSES BEGIN EACH DAY?
Most courses meet at 9 am each day and usually finish up on the rocks around 3 pm. Some of our technical courses will go longer. We will take a few minutes in the morning to outfit you with climbing equipment (shoes, harness and helmet) and then head right out to the climbing area. We will try to work with you if starting at 9 am does not work, but otherwise please be on time so that we can start out on your exciting adventure.
SHOULD I TIP MY GUIDE?
If you feel your guide did a good job, it is certainly normal and greatly appreciated. You tip your waiter or waitress when he/she brings you food, your climbing guide takes you on an experience of a lifetime.