School of Rockcraft

With over 30 years of experience training climbers in traditional multi-pitch climbing techniques, we've continuously refined our courses so that you'll receive the best instruction available. Our courses are taught on the rock, in real-life situations to generate the best learning environment possible.


All courses with Seneca Rocks Mountain Guides include:


  • Low student to instructor ratio (3:1 or better)

  • Free camping at the SRMG Basecamp

  • Use of our indoor training center during inclement weather

  • All technical equipment needed for your course

Scroll down for our course list!

Trad Fundamentals

Starting out in traditional climbing can be a daunting prospect. Learning the basics as the apprentice of a professional guide can take some of the stress and mystery out of the process.


Our Trad Fundamentals course begins with an evaluation of your climbing experience (if any) and then focuses on the following, as appropriate to your skill level:

  • Knots and hitches

  • Equipment for traditional climbing

  • Basic movement skills

  • Rappelling

  • Understanding multi-pitch systems

  • The role of the leader and the second

  • Basic self-rescue skills​




As guides and lifelong climbers, we're often amazed at how many experienced climbers that we meet at the crags are completely unprepared to rescue themselves or their partners when things go awry during their climb. Do you know how to handle emergency situations should the arise?


Our Self-Rescue courses are tailored to fit your personal level of experience, but focus on the following skill sets:


  • Backup Systems

  • Rescue Knots and Hitches

  • Releasable Systems

  • Ascension Techniques

  • Mechanical Advantage Systems

  • Hauling and Raising Techniques

  • Single and Multi-Pitch Rescue Rappels

  • Rescue Scenarios

Big Wall


Big walls typically require more than a single day to climb. Before you venture out on your first multi-day climb, learn the basics...and even spend the night out on the cliff!


Our Big Wall courses typically focus on these skills:


  • Aid climbing techniques

  • Hauling systems

  • Big wall equipment and logistics

  • Portaledge use, and sleeping on the wall​​

Learn to Lead


Few experiences in the world of climbing can equal the excitement, fulfillment and joy of successfully leading a challenging technical rock climb. Learning to lead safely is the culmination of a progressive educational process, and we take the responsibility of guiding you through this phase seriously.


Our learn to lead course focuses on and/or includes:


  • Placing protection

  • Route finding skills

  • Rope management

  • Anchor building

  • Belaying the second (from above)

  • Mock leading scenarios

  • Multi-pitch rappels and backups

Top Rope Fundamentals


Generations of traditional climbers have perfected their climbing technique on top rope. While top roping can provide a measure of safety and security, developing the necessary skills from the beginning is a must! In this course you'll learn the skills needed to effectively climb on your own at a top rope site. We utilize a variety of sites for this course, including Seneca Rocks, Nelson Rocks, Coopers Rock and other quality top rope sites in the region.


Our Top Rope Fundamentals courses begin at your current skill level, and typically focus on these skills:


  • Top rope equipment

  • Knots and hitches

  • Natural and artificial anchors

  • Site safety and risk management

  • Basic rescue techniques

  • Proper belay techniques

  • Rappelling

Rockcraft Seminars

Our 3 hour long Rockcraft Seminars allow you to quickly receive an introduction to, or to focus on refining, a specific skill set. Our seminars are often taught in our indoor Trad Training Center to maximize time and efficiency, but can also be held on the rocks.


Our Rockcraft Seminars include:

  • Rockcraft Foundations

  • Rockcraft Anchoring

  • Rockcraft Self-Rescue