SENECA ROCKS MOUNTAIN GUIDES 

EARTHTREKS MEMBER EXCLUSIVES

OUTDOOR CLIMBING COURSES
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For the the first time ever, we’re bringing our philosophy of small classes and hands-on learning to the Capitol region to prepare you for safe, successful, and independent climbing at your local crag, at Seneca Rocks, and beyond.


 
 
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et member exclusive! Road Trip: SENECA ROCKS, WV

$330 per person | Full weekend

SENECA ROCKS, WV | Top rope CLIMBING AND BELAY EXPERIENCE RECOMMENDED

All roads lead to Seneca Rocks—the tallest peak on the East Coast only accessible through technical climbing. Unique fins of Tuscarora quartzite tower over a confluence of two rivers, offering spectacular multi-pitch climbing and breathtaking exposure that have called to climbers from all over the world since the 1940s. You'll have the opportunity to build skills with a custom curriculum, or simply enjoy being expertly led up classic routes by the most experienced guides in the North Fork Valley. Get ready to stand on the summit of Seneca Rocks! This camping and climbing trip is open to all skill levels and includes:​

  • Camping at SRMG's private creekside campground with full outdoor kitchen and amenities

  • Dinner Saturday night and breakfast Sunday morning

  • Two days of guided climbing

UPCOMING DATES

May 22-23 | July 17-18 | September 11-12

ET MEMBER EXCLUSIVE! ROAD TRIP: OUTDOOR SPORT CLIMBING in NELSON ROCKS, Wv

$330 per person | full weekend
nelson rocks, wv |  Top rope climbing and belay experience required; indoor sport lead and lead belay experience recommended

 

Learn to sport lead climb safely outside and you'll be able to access thousands of crags and climbs around the world. Spend a full weekend immersed in the technical skills, climbing techniques, and outdoor climbing know-how you need need to lead climb and lead belay safely anywhere you go.

This class is an SRMG exclusive, offered for the first time at a private sport crag designed for the effective instruction of hard-to-teach techniques—it's a unique chance to learn essential skills in an environment that has all the nuanced challenges of real sport routes in a comfortable, focused setting. Lodging and activities for non-climbers are available on-site at Nelson Rocks; contact us or check out their website for more details. You’ll learn:

  • The mechanics of lead climbing and belaying outdoors, including hanging draws, clipping, and taking and catching falls; 

  • Essential technical skills for outdoor sport climbing, including cleaning anchors, using a stick clip, and more;

  • Techniques for smooth, confident movement on outdoor sport routes, from route-reading and sequencing to climbing and resting techniques unique to real rock;

  • Crag etiquette, site safety, and management of the different objective hazards of outdoor vs indoor lead climbing.

There is no strict climbing ability limit for this class, but we suggest being able to toprope 5.8 outside to get the most out of the day. Some indoor lead experience is recommended but not required. Private camping at Nelson Rocks and group dinner/breakfast at SRMG base camp in Seneca Rocks is included.

UPCOMING DATES

May 22-23 | July 17-18 | September 11-12

New! summer camp: teen rocks at seneca

$1475 per camper | 8 days (saturday-saturday)

seneca rocks, wv |  Top rope climbing and belay experience required

Spend a full week climbing, camping, and developing confidence and leadership skills outdoors in unplugged, rustic Seneca Rocks, WV—the tallest peak on the East Coast only accessible through technical climbing. Unique fins of Tuscarora quartzite tower over a confluence of two rivers, offering spectacular multi-pitch climbing and breathtaking exposure that have called to climbers from all over the world since the 1940s.

 

An action-packed seven days include plenty of time on the rock in single- and multi-pitch climbs, with technical instruction including gear, movement, and self-rescue skills—but the lasting takeaways include learning to communicate with a partner, assessing risk and solving problems in wild country, and taking on leadership roles within a group.

Tuition includes all climbing and camping equipment (except personal sleeping gear) as well as meals and group camping on-site at Seneca Rocks Mountain Guides Base Camp. High guide-to-camper ratios ensure each camper receives personal attention and achieves success on challenges tailored to their ability levels. Our expert guides are the area's most experienced and trusted certified professionals, with unique local knowledge and industry-leading safety standards and records. Camp activities include:

  • Single- and multi-pitch climbing instruction and coaching with certified guides

  • Trad following and leading practice

  • Self-rescue seminars and practice

  • Full indoor climbing gym on-site

  • Camp cooking and backcountry skills

  • Teamwork, communication, and partnership skills

  • Risk assesment, group management, and problem-solving skills

  • Leadership development

UPCOMING DATES

June 19-26 | July 10-17 | August 7-14

ET MEMBER EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNTS

  • 10% off any seneca rocks mountain guide weekday 2- or 3-day course for 2 or more
  • 10% off private guiding for 2 or more on weekdays
  • 5% OFF DC-AREA CLASSES