Gym to Crag

Unlock a whole new world of climbing! Learn the skills you need to take your climbing outside.
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Gym to Crag
Unlock a whole new world of climbing! Learn the skills you need to take your climbing outside.

This is the year!  You’ve been climbing in the gym.  Maybe you’ve been outside a couple times with friends, or perhaps you’ve never experienced the joy of real rock.  But you’re determined to get climbing outside and on your own!

 

Unlock an entire world of new climbing experiences as Remarkably Human Adventures teaches you how to take your indoor experience and translate it to a safe experience outdoors.

 

After this one day intensive course you’ll feel confident in your ability to safely setup a climb outside, choose appropriate climbs, stay safe while navigating the cliff top and base and work with the many variables that the outdoor environment throws your way.  Learn to be safe, efficient and maximize your fun while minimizing the risk.

 

If you’re looking to get out on your own and enjoy all that the area has to offer, this course is for you.  Make this the year that you break free and start climbing on your own.

Cost Per Climber
$199

This is a group course that runs on pre-scheduled dates.

 

Current Dates:  None Scheduled, however…

 

Want to schedule a date of your own choosing?  We can arrange to run this course on dates that work for you*.

 

Send us a message and we’ll see if we can make it work!

 

*may require a minimum number of participants

This is a full day intensive program.  The day starts at 8am and typically runs until 5pm, but may continue until dark.

 

Please block out your entire day.

The emphasis of this course is on education and learning rather than a day of hard climbing.  As such, it is open to all levels of fitness.

 

You should be prepared and able to spend a long day outdoors, but the climbing and hiking will be very mellow.

 

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 that comfortably top rope 5.9 or higher in the gym.  It is also open to gym leaders that lead a minimum of 5.9 in the gym.

 

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 get the most out of this course.

 

No outdoor climbing experience is necessary.  However, if you would like to get out and experience your first day of climbing real rock, we recommend our First Time Outside program, where you can enjoy a fantastic day pure climbing on real rock without having to worry about the details.

More Details

Location
Northwest & Central Vermont (other locations by request)
Skill Level
5.9 or Above Gym Climbers (top rope or lead)
Duration
Full Day
Ages
18+, under 18 with parent/guardian consent and guide approval.
What's Covered?
Curriculum

As a gym climber looking to make the transition to outdoor climber, you have a leg up on most others.  You have a solid grasp of some of the fundamentals.  You may be quite accomplished at the actual act of climbing.  You probably have good communication skills and know how to stay safe in a controlled environment.  Let us help you build upon those skills and develop a wide repertoire of new skills that will help you get out climbing on your own.

Some of what you’ll learn in this course:

  • Review of Basic Knots & Commands

  • New Knots for the Outdoor Environment

  • Environmental Risks (and how to protect yourself)

  • Basic Top Rope Anchors

  • Basic Sport Anchors

  • How to “Clean” Anchors

  • Rappelling, Prusiks & Backups

  • Finding Safe & Appropriate Climbs

  • Common Errors & How to Avoid Them

  • Crag Ethics

  • Where Can I Climb?  And Why?

  • Bolt Safety Inspection

  • Leave No Trace Principles

  • Safely Access the Top & Edge of Cliffs

  • The Language of Guidebooks

  • Personal Anchor Systems and Tethers

  • Gear Essentials:  Static & Dynamic Ropes, Slings, Cords, Quickdraws and more.

By the end of this course you will have the knowledge necessary to get outside, on your own, safely and with confidence.

The goal of the day is to have you walk away secure in your ability to access both established sport climbing crags as well as bolted-anchor toproping crags throughout Vermont and beyond.

This course is a fantastic foundation and gateway to all of our more advanced courses.  If you’ve been climbing in the gym and are frustrated by not being able to get outside on your own, we’ll help you remove the shackles and start you down the road to freedom.

Additional

This program is open to gym climbers that comfortably top rope 5.9 or higher in the gym.  It is also open to gym leaders that lead a minimum of 5.9 in the gym.

 

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 get the most out of this course.

 

No outdoor climbing experience is necessary.  However, if you would like to get out and experience your first day of climbing real rock, we recommend our First Time Outside program, where you can enjoy a fantastic day pure climbing on real rock without having to worry about the details.

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)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • 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

Included
  • AMGA Certified Guide
  • All Technical Climbing Equipment (ropes, draws, slings, etc.)
  • Small Group Size (max 6:1 client-to-guide ratio to facilitate learning)
Not Included
  • Personal Climbing Gear, Including:
  • Harness, Helmet, Shoes, Chalk Bag, Belay Device
  • Lunch / Snacks / Water
  • Transportation
  • Guide Gratuity
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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.

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