Rock Climbing

Technical Rock Climbing Series

Rock climbing combines physical, mental and emotional challenges into an exciting and rewarding outdoor adventure.  When a team takes part in a rock climbing program, trust is gained at an accelerated rate – team members literally put their lives in the hands of their partners.  An excellent bonding and foundational trust experience, a rock climbing instructional program can serve as the launching pad for a strategic planning session or other facilitated meeting.  The trust gained through a shared experience helps team members to be open to new ideas, less likely to be judgmental, and can foster the creative spark that enables teams to generate innovative solutions to their problems.

Top-rope Climbing Series:
Top-roping courses teach the basics of the simplest and most popular form of rock climbing, emphasizing the skills of climbing knots, belaying, anchors, and movement.

Top-roping Anchors Clinic at Great Falls, VA

Top-roping Anchors Clinic at Great Falls, VA

On Rope! – (4 hours) Introduction to tying-in, belaying, and basic climbing technique.

Climb On! – (7 hours) Climbing knots, bottom and top-belaying, climbing techniques and rappelling.

Rappel Away! – (4 hours) Introduction to techniques of safe rappelling – double line, single line with various rappel devices.

Anchors Workshop – (8 hours) Introduction to basic anchor-building for top-rope climbing. Natural and artificial anchors introduced.

Multi-Pitch Lead Climbing Series:
Once you have gained experience and proficiency with top roping and basic movement on the rock, take your skills to the next level with our Single-Pitch and Multi Pitch Lead Climbing program:

Artificial Anchors Clinic – (8 hours) Introduction to anchors used for traditional lead climbing – natural and artificial anchors.  Placing artificial anchors in cracks, building belay stations that are safe, efficient and timely, and learning to load your harness/slings for efficiency and ease of use are the bulk of this introductory traditional lead climbing course.

Multi-Pitch Climbing – (8-12 hours) Swap leads with your guide as you clip-and-go up the rock faces of Seneca Rocks West Virginia.  This course is designed to give the new lead climber some time on “the sharp end of the rope” while still under the supervision of an experienced guide.  Your guide will critique your anchor placements and share tips on increasing efficiency at the belay stations.

DC area climbing areas:  Great Falls, VA, Sugarloaf Mountain, MD, Carderock, MD, Annapolis Rocks, MD, Rocks State Park, MD.

Other areas we suggest:  Cathedral and Whitehorse Ledges, NH, Shawangunks, NY, Acadia National Park, ME, New River Gorge, WV, Seneca Rocks, WV.

Sample Rock Climbing Itinerary

Sample Rock Climbing Itinerary