Technical Climbing

The area in and around Great Basin National Park sees a very limited amount of technical rock climbing because the sites are remote and the rock is hazardous. All routes in the Wheeler Peak area are in danger of deadly rockfall at all times of year. Talk to a ranger at one of the visitor centers for more information on routes.

Climbing Regulations
When climbing in Great Basin National Park, please remember that the park was established to preserve its outstanding resources and significant geological and scenic values. All biological, cultural, and mineral resources - including rocks - should be protected and preserved in their natural state.

  • Do not chisel, chip, glue, break away rock, or otherwise physically alter the rock.
  • Do not paint or otherwise mark the rock, including names of climbs or ratings.
  • Do not climb within 100 yards of an archeological site, including pictographs and petroglyphs.
  • Do not damage plant life, including lichens and moss.
  • Do not install climbing bolts, bolt hangers, pitons, or other permanent hardware.
  • Clean aid, top-roping, or traditional lead climbing are permitted.

Registration for technical climbing is voluntary at Great Basin National Park, but it is free and strongly recommended - especially for climbers attempting any of the alpine routes. Registration forms provide crucial information for rescue personnel in case of an emergency. Leaders may register at a visitor center.

Climbing Etiquette
Please climb clean! Any cord used as a rappell anchor, webbing, or chalk should blend into the surroundings. Select a color that blends in with the rock. Most of the rock in this area is gray limestone - so leave the hot pink at home!

Emergency Contacts
Rescue resources are very limited, and frequently unavailable or hours away. Parties should always be capable of self-rescue. If someone is injured or seriously overdue, contact a park ranger or a campground host. If a ranger cannot be found, dial 911 to get help.

Last updated: January 25, 2017

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Mailing Address:

Great Basin National Park
100 Great Basin National Park

Baker, NV 89311


(775) 234-7331
Available 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Closed on Federal holidays.

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