Guided Rock Climbing
Looking to go rock climbing without having to worry about the details? Let our guides handle the work while you enjoy the experience.
Whether it’s sport climbing in Bolton, Vermont, tackling an adventure route on the granite of New York’s Adirondack Mountains, or climbing a classic in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, we have something to offer everyone, beginner to advanced. Your guide will work with you to match your experience, goals and interests with the best climbing that New England and the Northeast has to offer.
From one-on-one guided climbing to a day of toproping with friends and family, our guides will ensure you have a safe, fun and memorable day on the rock.
Our Guided Rock Climbing 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 people of all experience levels, from first-time climber through experienced leader. We design the day around your level, abilities and experience.
For those not possessing basic rock climbing knowledge, you will be instructed in the fundamentals required for a successful day out, including knots, communication, equipment, safety and movement.
For further education, we offer a wide range of instructional programs.
You’ll begin your day of rock climbing by meeting your certified guide at a pre-determined rendezvous point. Sometimes this is the trailhead to the cliff while other times it’s a local cafe back in town where you can connect, meet and possibly even carpool (and grab a coffee: an essential piece of the climbing day for many).
This is where we get to know each other and review the details of our adventure together, including goals and timing of the day, while getting you prepared with everything you’ll need for a safe and rewarding day in the mountains.
Once at the cliff we’ll quickly move into the climbing – but not before spending some time on safety. If you’ve never climbed before, this is where we’ll teach you all the basics. While a guiding day is all about the climbing, you can count on learning quite a bit too. From how to properly put on and use your gear, to the knots you’ll need, how to belay, communicate and create a safe climbing environment. If this is all familiar to you, we’ll do just a quick review to make sure we’re all on the same page. While we haven’t started climbing yet, this period of time is very engaging, especially for those that have never done it, and will get you excited for what’s to come.
Of course, the bulk of the day is spent climbing! Be it a full day of single pitch climbing at a local crag, a day spent tackling lengthy adventure routes in the backcountry, or anything in-between, we’ll have a great day on the rock together.
We’re here to support your goals for the day. We’ll lead you up routes that are appropriate to your level, coach you on movement skills if you’d like, even give you pointers on how to stay mentally cool when things get tough. All against the backdrop of the Northeast, our beautiful cliffs, dense forests and stunning mountains.
Our guides are prepared to coach and instruct where there’s interest, and can even tell you about the history of the climbs in the area.
While there’s typically no designated lunch time, you should bring a lunch! We encourage you to eat and drink as necessary, taking it as easy or as intense as you like. That could be during a natural break point, between climbs, or even high up on the side of a cliff!
We usually aim to be back at our starting point by about 5pm unless otherwise discussed.
Your day will be full of amazing sights, incredible challenges, personal victories, learning experiences and yes, plenty of opportunity for incomparable photographs to share with your friends and family.
Guided Rock Climbing is a custom-designed experience. No experience is necessary, and we accommodate all levels from absolute beginner to advanced. Our certified guides will teach you everything you need to know in order to succeed and enjoy your time with us.
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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We are based in beautiful
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.