Course description

The Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing: Module 1 is the first step to climbing outside. It is the foundational course that teaches you the essential safety procedures and rock skills needed to climb safely and with confidence

If completed together with Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing: Module 2, the student earns a certificate of completion recognized by the state mountain federation (FEMERJ). Together, the two courses satisfy the pre-requesites of many of our other courses, such as Multi-Pitch Lead Climbing, and allow the student to participate in our guided climbs

The course is 100% practical - you will learn all concepts on the rock and immediately have the opportunity to practice them

What you will learn

  • Climbing knots

  • Belaying

  • Rappelling

  • Movement skills

  • Climbing terms and communication

  • Multi-pitch procedures

  • Safety and hazard management

  • Basic self-rescue

  • Sport ethics

Who it is for

First-time climbers and experienced climbers that have not been active for a significant amount of time


No rock climbing or outdoor experience is required

The course is best suited for adults and teenagers over 13 years of age, as the student will need to belay an adult instructor and general similarity in weight is required. A child that is well below an adult weight would not be able to safely belay an adult partner. However, a child could take the course if they sign up together with an adult who would belay during the lessons


Four half-day private or semi-private lessons (up to 4 students per instructor)

You choose the day and time of each of your lessons - can be during the week, the weekend or on a holiday!


Module 1 lessons take place in the neighbourhood of Urca, home to some of the most beautiful climbing walls and mountains in Rio de Janeiro including Morro da Babilonia, Morro da Urca and the Sugarloaf Mountain. With over 300 established routes across all levels, Urca provides us with an incredibly rich variety of learning settings to choose from. Your instructor will select the route for each of your lessons, taking into consideration the lesson content, your skill level and the day's climbing conditions 

Fees & inclusions

Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing: First Lesson - R$150*

Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing: Module 1 - R$650

Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing: Modules 1 and 2 - R$1200

If two or more people sign up together, a discount of 20% applies

We provide all equipment needed (shoes, harness, helmet and other safety devices)

*You can take the first lesson without committing to the full course. Afterwards, if you decide to complete the course, the cost of the lesson will be deducted from the price of the course

Best introductory climbing course in Rio de Janeiro

Climb more...

Five of the eight lessons in our course take place on long, multi-pitch routes. We don’t set up a top-rope to practice a technique - rather, we take you to a long route that has the characteristics suitable for the intended practice more places...

Besides the mountains in Urca - Babilonia, Morro da Urca and Sugarloaf - we also take you to Contraforte do Corcovado, Cantagalo, Chamine do Prego, Plato da Lagoa and Pedra do Urubu. In fact, no two lessons are in the same location!

…on routes chosen just for you

Other courses take all their students to the same pre-selected routes. We, however, always choose the routes according to your abilities. We aim to challenge you, at the right level. As such, you learn better and evolve faster!

Book your course

Register below to get started today or contact us to speak with an instructor. For other options, check out our full offering of outdoor rock climbing courses