First Time Outside
So you’ve been climbing in the gym and you think it’s pretty incredible. You want to try climbing on real rock, but how? Let us help!
Our First Time Outside program is a specialized guiding experience designed for gym climbers looking to get their hands dirty outdoors. Let us take you out and experience your first rush of a tall cliff.
Whether you’ve only been top roping in the gym or are leading; no matter what grade you’re climbing; this program is designed for you. We’ll help you discover first-hand the differences between inside and outside, in a safe and accessible way, climbing at the level that’s perfect for you.
Take those climbing skills to new places and experience the best climbing the Northeast has to offer.
Schedule your First Time Outside and get ready for a whole new world of adventure!
Our First Time Outside program is priced per participant.
Your day is “private” to you and/or the group you are scheduling. You will not be paired with an unknown person.
Standard: Full Day. Typically 8am to 4pm or 9am to 5pm, depending upon location and goals for the day.
Half day programs may be available by special request. Please inquire if you’d like to schedule a half day.
Overnight and multi-day programs are also available. See our prepackaged Climb & Camp Adventures, or connect with us to design something unique to you!
This program is open to all levels of fitness and ability. Our guides are highly trained in facilitating outdoor adventure and experienced in reading the needs of individuals and groups.
While we always encourage you to explore your limits – and help you do so in a safe and supportive way – a day of rock climbing with us can be as mellow and relaxed or intense and challenging as you desire.
Goals will be set in accordance with your abilities and interest, including length of day, how much hiking there is to the cliff(s), and type of climbing. We remain flexible throughout the day to respond to energy levels and ability on a moment-by-moment basis. You’re in great hands with our guides.
This program is open to gym climbers of all ability levels. We design the day around your level, abilities and experience.
If there are any gaps in basic climbing knowledge, worry not! We pride ourselves on being great educators and will teach you everything you need to know to enjoy your day on the rock.
However, this is a day of guiding rather than detailed education (we’re there to get you climbing and experiencing the rock as much as possible!). If it’s a full day of instruction you’re looking for (less climbing, more teaching), we offer a wide range of instructional programs for you to choose from. One of the most popular programs for gym climbers following their first guided experience is the Gym to Crag program, a very natural progression.
As a gym climber, you have a base of climbing experience that can make your first time outside on real rock more rewarding than most. But you’re not quite ready to be outside on your own yet. You want to be safe while having fun. When you choose to make your first time outside a guided experience with Remarkably Human Adventures, we will capitalize on your existing ability so that you can access the best climbs, accelerate your outdoor learning and leverage your experience into an exceptional day on the rock.
Our First Time Outside program is similar to our normal Guided Rock Climbing program. The focus is on the climbing and having an extraordinary day on the rock, with very little to worry about. Our guides handle all the details – from navigation and route selection to managing all the technical equipment, putting up the climbs and juggling all the variables of safety, weather and the environment. Your job is to show up and enjoy the best climbing experience of your life.
But since you’re already a climber, we get to speak to you in a shared language you’ll understand. We’ll help expand your knowledge, answer technical questions you may have and show you the many differences – both subtle and not-so-subtle – between the indoor and the outdoor environment (many of which may be surprising).
This day of guided climbing specially geared toward the gym climber is the perfect choice to pave the way toward further outdoor climbing education. If you’ve been in the gym and have thought that you might like climbing on real rock, this is the best way to try it out, see if you like it (you will!), and give you the experience you’ll need to move on to further learning.
Let us help you discover the joys of moving on real rock. Your journey to freedom in the outdoors begins here.
Our First Time Outside program is designed for gym climbers looking to experience their first day on real rock. As such, it is geared toward people that have basic gym climbing knowledge and experience.
However, as it is a custom-designed day, we can accommodate all levels of gym climber, from those that are still fairly new to it all the way through advanced leaders. Our certified guides will work with you to build upon your knowledge and teach you everything you need to know in order to succeed and enjoy your time with us.
There is no minimum climbing grade limit to this program. If you’ve climbed in the gym and now want to see what the real thing is like, this is the program for you.
A full list of suggested gear will be provided in your pre-trip planning packet that you receive after booking your adventure with us. But in general, most trips require a similar setup, as follows:
You should be prepared with clothing appropriate to the weather that allows good freedom of movement.
If you have your own personal rock climbing gear (shoes, harness, helmet, chalk bag) you’ll probably want to use that. But if you do not have that gear, we’re happy to provide it for you. Simply let us know during the trip planning process.
We also recommend:
- Long Pants
- Closed-Toe Shoes
- Small Backpack
- Lunck & Snacks
- Water (1 liter minimum)
- Bug Spray
Transportation to and from the meeting location is not included, but carpools can often be arranged.
Depending upon location and plans for the day, guides will meet up with clients in a variety of locations to start the day, including a convenient local cafe that serves as a rendezvous point, the trailhead to the cliff, or at the crag itself.
All details, from carpooling options, meeting locations and start times will be covered in your pre-trip email provided by your guide.
For clients that are coming in from any distance and are making a significant investment in their guided or educational experience in the form of money, time and travel, we recommend acquiring trip insurance.
Trip insurance is by no means required, but when we ourselves travel we find peace of mind knowing that we have coverage should the worst happen.
A good travel insurance policy will cover trip cancellations, interruptions and delays, lost or damaged gear and luggage, evacuations and medical expenses. While we don’t endorse any particular insurance company, nor do we have any relationship with any of the companies, we ourselves have used World Nomads and have had great experiences. They are affordable, easy to deal with (and we’ve had to use our insurance before, so we speak from experience), and cover all of the adventure activities that we offer.
Regardless of which company you choose, many clients find that having travel insurance to cover their investment and well-being helps them sleep at night.
Once you’ve connected with us and we’ve locked in your dates and details, we will issue an invoice.
We require 100% payment at the time of your booking.
Payment can be made by a variety of methods, including PayPal (debit and credit cards), Venmo, check or cash (if you are local). All details will be outlined in the invoice that will be issued.
Question: Should I tip my guide / instructor?
Answer: Guiding is a part of the service economy, and much like at a restaurant, offering a gratuity (or “tip”) for your guide’s services is customary, though certainly not mandatory. If all you can afford is the purchase price of the adventure, our guides understand. But we do work hard to make sure that you have the most enjoyable time outdoors with us, and always maintain the highest professional standards and certifications so that you are in the safest hands in the industry. If you had a good day out, feel that the guide did a good job, and have the ability to do so, tipping your guide is always appreciated. Much like other service industry jobs, a gratuity of 20% is a common benchmark for a job well done.
Cancellations and changes happen. We get it. If you need to cancel or change your trip for any reason, please be advised of our policies. Cancellations of:
- 30 days or more prior to your trip will receive a full refund minus a 25% booking and administration fee.
- No refunds will be given for cancellations of 15 – 30 days prior, but you will receive a 50% credit*.
- Cancellations of 14 days or less will receive no refund and no credit.
Programs will not be cancelled due to weather conditions unless the weather has been deemed unsafe for the scheduled activity by Remarkably Human Adventures. If this occurs and the trip is cancelled by Remarkably Human Adventures, the opportunity to reschedule will be offered or a full refund will be issued.
Refunds will be issued via the same method by which they were originally paid.
*credit valid for one year
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While our programs take us all over the country, we are proud to call Vermont home.
Not only is Vermont a beautiful state, it provides us easy access to the best climbing in the Northeast, including the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Adirondacks in New York, and of course the Green Mountains right at our doorstep.
As climbers, we proudly support our local climbing organizations and are advocates for conscientious access to the outdoors, conservation of our land and resources and the protection of our wildlife.