Instructional Rock Climbing 2018-03-21T20:11:21+00:00

Instructional Rock Climbing

This trip is for folks who are looking to LEARN more about the sport. This is by far our most popular guided trip! Whether you are new to climbing and excited to learn more, transitioning from gym to crag, or an experienced climber looking to refine your skills, we are here to help. We recommend 12 years of age or older for these trips, but this can be somewhat flexible. Feel free to call for more info.

Possible topics covered, depending on your goals: belaying (basic and advanced), lead climbing, cleaning (retrieving equipment), climbing and resting techniques, risk assessment and lead falling, gear selection and care, trad climbing: gear placement, anchor building, crack climbing technique… and more!

Please note that all topics cannot be covered in one session. Rock climbing is a complex sport and learning how to climb outdoors may take multiple visits. Our goal is to help you meet your objectives in climbing! When making your reservation, we will speak with you about your goals/objectives for the trip(s). Your instructor will then tailor the trip(s) and prioritize effectively to suit your needs.

These trips are all top-rope only; you can practice lead climbing in a mock-lead. Want to lead climb (without a top rope backup)? See Advanced Rock Climbing. Want to learn how to climb multi-pitch? See Instructional Multi-pitch Climbing. Don’t really care to learn, and just want to climb? See Basic Rock Climbing.

Pricing

All PRICING IS PER PARTICIPANT. A half day is up to 4.5 hours, and a full day is up to 8 hours.

Instructional Rock Climbing
Group Size Half Day Full Day
1 $120 $185
2 $110 $150
3 $90 $130
4 $80 $120
5 $75 $110
6 $70 $100

Not seeing what you need? We can help! Simply give us a call so that we can accommodate your exact preferences.

Rock Climbing Trip Info

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED – Currently all reservations are made over the phone.

Reservations are required. We recommend making reservations AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. At our facility anything less than 2 weeks is considered last-minute. That said, we do our very best to accommodate last-minute reservations and last-minute reservation changes. We take reservations up to 1 year in advance. Please note that in general, WEEKENDS tend to fill up the quickest, meaning it’s advisable to make reservations MORE THAN 2 weeks in advance when possible.

Reservations require a 50% NON-REFUNDABLE deposit. If you decide to cancel, just let us know, and we can apply your deposit to a reschedule date up to a year from the original date reserved. If you decide to cancel and do NOT inform Southeast of your cancellation (i.e. no-show), your deposit is forfeited and will NOT be transferable to a reschedule date.

We understand plans change, and will work with you to update your reservation as things come up. However you MUST inform Southeast of ANY changes to your plans whether that is a cancellation or a change in date, arrival time, number of participants, medical conditions, etc. The day of your reservation, simply the remaining balance will be due based on the actual number of participants. Keep in mind that a change in your numbers will change the pricing per person, and that the deposit is still non-refundable.

We are open rain or shine! Again, you are welcome to cancel due to weather or any other reason; see above for our cancellation policies.

In the rare event that Southeast needs to cancel, we reserve the right to decide whether a refund or credit at a pro-rated amount will be issued. We are not responsible for cancellation fees from a change or cancellation in your flight plans, lodging, or any other accommodations.

Private: All trips are private – just you and your AMGA certified instructor!

Check-in: Trips meet at our main facility in the Red River Gorge: 1617 N KY 11 Campton, KY 41301. Please arrive 10 minutes before your reserved time. Default start times are 9 am for full days (up to 8 hours), and 8:30 am or 2 pm for half days (up to 4.5 hours). There can be flexibility in some of the start times; please call for more info. After paying the remaining balance and turning in completed waivers, you will meet with your instructor and chat for a few minutes about your goals for the trip. Your instructor will also make sure you have all the proper equipment for the day.

Climbing Locations:

Your instructor may choose to stay onsite in which case you can climb our routes on our private property! You may also leave the facility to head to another location in the Daniel Boone National Forest, Muir Valley Nature Preserve, Pendergrass-Murray Recreational Preserve, Bald Rock Recreational Preserve, or Miller Fork Recreational Preserve. Please note that if an offsite location is chosen, you will follow the instructor in your vehicle. The driving time of 5–25 minutes and the hiking time of 10–20 minutes is included in your trip time. For example, if you’re reserved for a half day, that’s 4.5 hours check-in to check-out at our office.

We provide all necessary climbing equipment, but we highly encourage you to bring your own if you have it. Food/Snacks/Water is NOT provided. Please bring a small day pack containing whatever you may need for the duration of your trip. You will need clothing that is appropriate for the weather and comfortable to climb in. You will need closed toed/closed heeled shoes, such as tennis shoes or hiking boots. We also recommend bringing sunscreen and bug spray.

Medical Conditions/History: During the reservation process, Southeast Mountain Guides must be informed of any allergies, medical conditions, or anything else that we would need to know. You will also need to update Southeast of any changes in medical conditions and inform your instructor(s) upon arrival. If there are any medical conditions please do not forget to bring any medications (including EpiPens/inhalers, etc.). This activity is NOT recommended for anyone that has a serious medical condition.

Our Difference

We believe climbing is life-changing, and it’s our goal to introduce you to that discovery! We take the time to get to know you, to best help you enter or progress in your journey of climbing.

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