Custom Climbing in the Dacks

Any level
1 day
All ages
1–4 people
Overview

Tame the beast! Climb the Dacks.

The enormity of the Adirondacks is one of its greatest assets. The Adirondacks Region is bigger than Vermont! Yup. Due to its sheer size there are ample opportunities for limitless climbs and adventures. Climb the classics or spend the day developing and refining specific skills of your choice. This program is yours to customize. Let a guide help you make the most of your day.


  • Visit Mr. Clean on the way to Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. Or you can really Turbocharge that Tequila Mockingbird and see how you feel afterwards!
  • Develop face, slab and crack climbing techniques
  • Focus on fundamentals like belaying a lead climber, anchors, knots, lowering and rappelling
  • Learn to lead traditional multi-pitch routes
After your day of customized climbing you’ll:
  • Be more comfortable climbing outdoors
  • Be able to place protection and build anchors
  • Become familiar with best practices and climbing etiquette at the Dacks
  • Feel comfortable navigating route selection and route management
Here’s a typical day of climbing:
  • 9:00am: Meet your guide at The Mountaineer in Keene Valley, check gear
  • 9:30am: Carpool to the chosen approach at the Dacks
  • 10:00am: Gear up and tackle your goals
  • 1:00pm: Lunch at the cliff (bring lunch, snacks and plenty of water)
  • 1:30pm – 5:00pm: Climb another 1-2 routes depending on speed and comfort level
  • 5:00pm: Return to Keene Valley

New to rock climbing? Check out the Introduction to Rock Climbing at the Dacks class.

Where we are
What is included
  • All permits and climbing fees
  • All technical climbing gear (if you prefer, feel free to bring your own)
Why book through 57hours?

We’re an adventure loving, rock climbing, tech company that loves all things outdoors-y. Why spend days looking for the right guide and adrenaline rush, when we can (and already did) do it for you? Want a serious guide for a challenging climb? We know a bunch. How about a guide to show you around the Alps? Check. Maybe your kids want to climb and won’t stop going on about it until you book them a trip. Yes, we know guides who are great for beginners, too. Oh, yeah, every guide we know prioritizes SAFETY and FUN. Book with 57hours, we’ve done your work for you. You’re welcome.

Guides running this program

Joe Vitti

Course instructor Joe Vitti is one of the region’s most experienced and skilled guides, he is an AMGA Certified Rock Guide and has been climbing in the Gunks for over 25 years.

Joe started climbing as a teenager in Central Connecticut. The combination of creative movement, technical skills, natural environment and wild adventure with great friends created a lifelong obsession. The sport has taken him to amazing places all over the US and the world, from Yosemite Valley to Papua New Guinea. Working as an instructor and guide has allowed Joe to share his passion for our sport with thousands of people over the years. He's developed expertise in both rock and ice climbing, combining diverse experience with professional training and certification from the American Mountain Guides Association to create the highest level experience for his guests. Whether introducing people to the sport or to remote, multi-pitch classics, Joe always seek to customize the experience to best fit the goals and abilities of his guests.

Silas Rossi

Based in New Paltz, NY, home of the Gunks, Silas appreciates the diversity and easy access of the climbing and skiing found in the Northeast. The many cliffs and crags serve as a year round office and playground, as well as an excellent training ground for regular expeditions to bigger ranges around the world. Mountain guiding has become a way of life for Silas. It allows him to share both his passion for the hills and his love of teaching.

Summers will find him guiding alpine peaks in the Alps and rock climbing in the Italian Dolomites. His winters are spent in the Catskills, Adirondacks and White Mountains where he guides ice climbing and ski mountaineering, he also teaches avalanche education courses. Fall and spring are a blend of destination trips ranging from Alaska to Papua. Katahdin and Acadia National Park keep Silas returning home to Maine each year.