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Geology for Beginners is a Stranger mission in Red Dead Redemption 2. The quest becomes available during Chapter 2.


When the player approaches the hut, a fast talker named Francis Sinclair emerges and requests that the player find Rock Carvings. He pulls out a book and shows various examples and say he'd pay handsomely for the locations of them. He gives the player his card and retreats back into his hut.


Francis Sinclair offers the player a large sum of money for finding the location of 10 Rock Carvings throughout the world. They can be found in any order:

A location of all Rock Carvings
  1. Located at the end of the road on Mount Hagen in Grizzlies West.
  2. Located at Whinyard Strait, on a rock facing the river.
  3. Located west of Cumberland Forest, on a cliff facing west over the Dakota River.
  4. Located on top of a mountain at Bacchus Station, approach the mountains from the south and look for a passage down between the trees.
  5. Located south of Moonstone Pond, on a rock on the plateau.
  6. Located in Roanoke on a rock facing the road.
  7. Located on the east side of the Elysian Pool near the road.
  8. Located near the top of the mountain northwest of Flatneck Station.
  9. Located north of Strawberry on a mountain facing a valley.
  10. Located on the western edge of Owanjila Lake.


  • 1 Carving Mailed - $10 and Kentucky Bourbon.
  • 5 Carvings Mailed - Rock Statue.
  • 10 Carvings Mailed - Invitation from Francis Sinclair.

Once all ten Rock Carvings are found, mail the letters at the Post Office and wait two days for a reply. A letter from Francis Sinclair sends an invitation back to the cabin where the quest chain began. When you enter the cabin, you find that Tom Sinclair, Francis' father is dead. Instead, you are greeted by Tom's wife who is holding a baby with the same birthmark Francis had. On the wall is a mural-drawing made from the drawings the player mailed in. The player can also collect Old Brass Compass on the table. It is used for crafting the Raven Claw Talisman.


  • The door to the cabin will be locked after the sidequest is completed and the player leaves the area. If one didn't grab the compass and find the door has been locked, it is still possible to obtain it. Return to the cabin, save the game and return to the main menu. Load back in and the door should be unlocked.

Video Walkthrough


Red Dead Redemption 2 All Rock Carvings Locations - Geology for Beginners (RDR2)


Completing this Stranger mission strand is associated with these trophies/achievements:

30 gamerscoregamerscore
Bronze bronzebronze
Complete 10 Stranger mission strands.

20 gamerscoregamerscore
Silver silversilver
Complete one of the Collectible strands

100 gamerscoregamerscore
Gold goldgold
Attain 100% Completion.