The Adirondacks | New York

Rock Climbing in The Adirondacks

Season

Year-round but best April thru mid-October

Nearest city

Albany is a 2-hour drive away

Duration

1 day

Skill level

Beginner to advanced

Explore limitless climbing opportunities in the Adirondack Mountains

Answer the call of the Adirondacks and spend a day on some of Upstate New York’s best climbing routes. The massive wilderness area is approximately 6 million acres — larger than the entire state of Vermont — with over 250 climbing locations. Home to Lake Placid and the iconic High Peaks, the Adirondacks stash some magnificent backcountry wilderness climbing away from the crowds. Potential is seeping out of every rugged slope, soaring cliff and craggy peak, all you have to do is find it.

Most Popular Itineraries

Day of Customized Climbing With a Private Guide

From $165 per person · 1 day

No matter your skill level, in the Adirondacks it pays to have a seasoned, knowledgeable local guide. There are endless possibilities in this vast wilderness, and your guide will handpick the perfect route to suit your skill level and objectives. All the prep is done for you — just show up, ready for a day of adventure in the area’s best kept secret spots.

A Day of Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing

From $165 per person · 1 day

With great-multi-pitch routes to choose from, the “‘Dacks” is a great training ground for both new and seasoned climbers. You’ll follow a skillful leader along steep and daunting routes on some of the park’s classics, picking up advanced moves and techniques. By the end of the day, you’ll leave with the confidence to move on to bigger and more challenging routes.

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Why should I book with 57hours?

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Why should I go rock climbing?

Rock climbing is more than just a sport; it’s problem solving on-the-go. It’s a balance of intuition and fluidity of movement. The fun comes from the possibilities — each route with a variety of options and only a fraction of them leading to success. When you finally master a climb, after hours of practice, it transcends mere sport and is akin to art.

What’s included?

This is what you get with 57hours:

  • An experienced local guide with extensive rock climbing knowledge
  • Eight-hour rock climbing lesson
  • All technical climbing gear

Technical gear list

All technical climbing equipment will be provided by guiding service. However if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it.

  • Helmet
  • Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
  • Rock shoes* (included in the price, but we recommend bringing your own if you have them)
  • Ropes
  • Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:

  • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
  • Water bottle
  • Food you can eat on-the-go
  • Toiletries (medications, sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera — optional

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

What if I’ve never climbed before?

No prior experience is necessary. Whether you’ve never donned a harness or you’re a seasoned climber, a guide will help you meet your individual objectives. Above all, your instructor’s number one priority is your safety. As long as you listen to the given instructions, you’ll succeed in completing your climb.

What does a typical day look like?

You’re looking to spend around eight hours at the cliffs. In the morning, you’ll meet your guide and get fitted with climbing gear. Your full-day lesson will include an equipment overview, and further instructions for knot tying, belaying and climbing techniques before getting you up on the rock. Then, you’ll get to spend the rest of your day climbing.

How fit do I need to be?

If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus, but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. So don’t let your perceived lack of strength keep you away from rock climbing — you’ve got what it takes.

What is the minimum age requirement?

    • If you are older than 18y, you’re good to go.
    • Teens aged 12-17 can go on their own, but a guardian will need to provide a signed waiver before an outing with the guide.
    • Kids younger than 11 can easily go out and try climbing, but only in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

What about group sizes and pricing?

Group sizes are usually between 1–4 people with one instructor. Also, costs per person decrease as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.
Climbing days can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.

What about bad weather?

As the saying goes, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad preparation,” and you can expect your guides to be fully prepared for anything. Inclement weather can always get in the way of climbing, but your guide will know the best spots to move to if the weather takes a turn.

On the rare occasion of truly bad weather, your instructor will present you with suitable alternatives. The most common practice is to reschedule your climbing to a more favorable day or suitable location nearby, if it exists.

If no options presented were viable to you, you will be issued a full refund.

Cancelation policy

All policies regarding cancellation, rescheduling and trip insurance will be clearly laid out by your guide prior to booking your adventure. Contact us if you’d like more information on a specific adventure.

Getting there

The Adirondacks, the largest park in the continental U.S., lies just minutes from the Quebec border, five hours northwest of Boston and four hours north of NYC.
With so much to explore and do in Adirondack Park, getting here is just part of the adventure. Interstate 87 and 81 make traveling by car easy, quick and affordable.
The exact meeting location can be completely catered to your preferences and will be discussed after the booking.

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