Rock Climbing and Rappelling Adventures
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Top-Roping at Hidden Rocks, Virginia
(Full-day: $250 for 1-3 people; $60 for each additional.
Half-day: $175 1-3 people; $45 each additional.)
Beginner Climbing At Seneca Rocks, West Virginia
Seneca Rock is a spectacular blade of Tuscarora Sandstone, whose summit sits almost 1000 feet above its North Fork Valley floor. This is a scenic place for the beginner or family to learn the rock climbing basics, top-roping and rappelling surrounded by an awesome West Virginia backdrop. Easy routes guarantee early success, but more challenging climbs also wait to test your skills.If you’re going to be in West Virginia with a slightly larger group (boy scouts, large family gathering, or church youth or camp group), let us know, and we will relocate just 11 miles down the road from Seneca. WILD GUYde Adventures is an approved guide service at the NROCKS!
(Full-day: $275 for 1-3 people; $65 for each additional.
Half-day: $200 1-3 people; $50 each additional)
Multi-Pitch at Seneca Rocks, West Virginia
A little more experienced in climbing? Maybe you tried it at camp or the local rock gym? Ready for the next step? Join me for the multi-pitch experience, seconding the route as we lead-climb to the top of the fabled South Summit! This is the only technical summit in the U.S. east of the Mississippi. Seneca has routes at all ranges of difficulty, from starters like Old Ladies Route (5.2) to mid-range classics like West Pole (5.7) to old school hardman routes like Crack of Dawn and Madmen Only (5.10). Each will give you a new appreciation for the expression “high and vertical.” Register your accomplishment in the summit journal, and then head back down to the ground via the three-pitch rappel. Finish the day with a splash in the North Fork River swimming hole at “Gravel Beach”; then pick up a cold drink and a West Virginia memento at Harpers General Store before heading back.
$275 – First person; $125 each nos. 2-3
rock-craft, instructional, and gym-to-crag
This adventure serves as a tutorial for those who have a little exposure to climbing, and want to gain eventual autonomy. On this day, you’ll have lots of instruction and hands-on practice in rigging top anchors, belaying skills and equipment alternatives, movement coaching, and rappel setup and protection. There will be individualized attention and repetitive practice, as well as some exploration of the historical evolution of climbing equipment and protocol. You will finish the day filled with a lot more confidence in your basic climbing skills! A second day is an option, scheduled either consecutively or later in the season, when you are ready to get into some incident management and self-rescue skills. Minimum age 16.
(Full-day: $200 for 1st person; $125 each for 2nd and 3rd)
Scouts Rock Climbing Merit Badge
This two-day program fulfills the requirements for scouts to receive their climbing merit badge. WILD GUYde is an approved Merit Badge Counselor with the Virginia Headwaters BSA Council. When we set up the course with you, we will mail you a badge booklet for each scout, outlining the requirements and skills. You do some prep with your troop beforehand (knots and first aid), and then when we meet at the rocks to spend two busy days climbing, belaying, rappelling, and learning. We will comp one adult leader for every 5 scouts registering.
($90 per person, with a 5-person minimum)
Camp Climbing Staff Seminar in VA
This two-day seminar brings camp climbing staff members up to speed each year with current best practice in running top-rope and rappelling programs and managing climbing groups for summer camps and outdoor school programs. The fundamentals of anchor construction, belay station management, rappelling setup and administration, group instruction, and site and incident management are fully covered, in a hands-on and interactional format. 2023 dates in Virginia TBA (Hidden Rocks, near Harrisonburg).
($200 for one person; $125 for subsequent participants from the same organization)
Professional Climbing Instructors’ Association (PCIA) Top Rope Instructor (outdoor) certification
Each season, WILD GUYde Adventures offers this 3-day tutorial for active recreational climbers who want to add an instructor certification to their resume. Skills include anchors (natural and artificial), belay station management, rappel management, climbing movement coaching, and incident management of several common scenarios. This certification is useful for instructors at camps and university programs, as well as individuals pursuing a career in the outdoor adventure industry. 2023 course dates are March 31st to April 2nd at Hidden Rocks Virginia, with a one-day exam scheduled individually and later in the summer for aspirants wanting certification. Click here for the information packet. Additional detail is also available here.
($450 per person for the 3-day course; $150 per person for the 1 day certification exam)
Professional Climbing Instructors Association (PCIA) Climbing Wall Instructor (indoor) certification
This 2-day course prepares candidates to instruct at an indoor climbing wall operation (camp, university outdoor program). Upcoming course is TBA.
($275 per person)
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