Introduction to Rock Climbing at Seneca Rocks

Beginner
2 days
6+ years
1–6 people
Overview

​Welcome to Seneca Rocks, a renowned rock climbing destination that offers something for everyone!


Curious about rock climbing, or looking to try something new? This is for people with little or no climbing experience! Not only will you learn about tying into a climbing rope, belaying, and rappelling, you’ll also practice being a climbing partner to your guide and fellow course participants.

Most importantly, you can and will climb up a rock!

This class is perfect for discovering the beauty of climbing outside.

If you are already an experienced climber, check out our Custom Climbing at Seneca Rocks.

Prerequisites

Absolutely no rock climbing experience is necessary.

What you’ll learn

Your day of climbing begins with detailed instruction about climbing gear and safety. Next, we’ll work on basic body positioning and climbing techniques. After we go over the foundations of rock climbing, you’ll have plenty of time to practice what you learn on the crags. You’ll learn:

  • The basics of safety in climbing
  • How to use ropes, knots and harnesses
  • The development of efficient climbing techniques and body positions
  • The fundamentals of anchors, belaying and rappelling
After this class you’ll
  • Be confident when you tackle your next climb
  • Understand all the challenges any climber can face after a day spent on the rocks
  • Love the view on your way to the top!
Here’s a typical schedule
  • 8:30am: Meet your guide at the guide’s recommended location
  • 9:30am: Gear up and carpool to the cliffs
  • 10:00am: Spend the day learning and rock climbing
  • 12:30pm – 1:00pm: Lunch (bring snacks and plenty of water)
  • 1:00pm – Continue to learn and climb!
  • 5:00pm: Call it a day and head home!

This course is available in both multi-pitch and single pitch locations, and can be booked in a 2 day format for 1-6 people (maximum 3 climbers per guide for multi-pitch).

Where we are
Class Location
Seneca Rocks, WV
Meeting Location
Seneca Rocks
What is included
  • All permits and climbing related fees
  • All technical climbing gear like ropes, harnesses...you name it.
What to bring
  • 2 liters of water, snacks and lunch
  • Hiking shoes or sneakers
  • Daypack large enough to carry water, food and extra layers
What to wear
  • Sunscreen
  • Dress appropriately for the weather and bring your usual athletic clothes
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

Grant Price

Grant serves as the head guide for Blue Ridge Mountain Guides. He is from Wintergreen, VA where he grew up climbing and searching for unclimbed rock, ice and adventure. He has been climbing for over 12 years and teaching in the outdoor industry for 10 years.

Grant enjoys all types of climbing but favors ice and trad. He is as dedicated to teaching as he is to climbing. He has a strong passion for sharing his love for climbing and the mountains with others. Most find that Grant has a laid back, patient and adaptive teaching style. He strives to convey information and skills in a manner that is easy to understand and to retain.

During the winter months, Grant spends his time ice climbing and skiing in Utah, New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

Grant graduated from Radford University with a B.S. in Geospatial Science. He is certified by the American Mountain Guides Association as a Rock Instructor, Single Pitch Instructor, Climbing Wall Instructor and holds a Wilderness First Responder Certification. He has also completed AIARE level I, II, and III avalanche courses, and is a level I course instructor. Grant is also an AMGA SPI Assistant Provider and a Leave No Trace Trainer.

Dakota Robarge

Dakota was born and raised in Fairfield, California. Here he discovered the excitement and fulfillment that comes from human powered recreation.  Whether mountain biking, trail running or rock climbing, Dakota found that the experience involved in setting and achieving personal goals to be extremely wholesome and rewarding.

Dakota earned his bachelor degree in Manufacturing Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. There he fell in love with sharing his passion of the outdoors with others. Whether taking people out climbing for their first time or sharing techniques and knowledge that allow others to achieve their goals, Dakota is excited to share his passion for adventures with others.

Dakota has worked in outdoor recreation for the past five years. He is a certified American Mountain Guide Association Single Pitch Instructor and is currently pursuing the Rock Guide certification. Dakota is also a certified Wilderness First Responder. Whether you want to try something new, learn a new skill or just have some fun, a day with Dakota is sure to fulfill your goals.

Ben Wright

Ben is from Lynchburg, VA, and got his first exposure to climbing through the Boy Scouts of America. Over the last 4 years, Ben has climbed in the mid-Atlantic states and stoked his passion for climbing and education. His professional experience includes managing the Liberty University Climbing Center, directing BSA climbing operations in the New River Gorge, and founding the LU climbing team.

Ben’s excited and positive attitude is sure to be a highlight of climbing with him. Additionally, his teaching style and demeanor is easy going and detail oriented. As a well rounded climber, Ben enjoys bouldering, sport, and trad climbing. His time spent instructing high end climbing movement specific to bouldering is extensive. You are sure to come away with some pointers after a day with him.

He is a senior in sports management at Liberty University and instructs weekly climbing classes there. Ben is a certified by the American Mountain Guides Association as a Single Pitch Instructor and holds a Wilderness First Responder.

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