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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. Spend a day in the Adirondacks with an expert, local guide and let them show you the best spots!

  • Over 250 climbing areas

    Year-round accessible crags and walls for a lifetime of rock climbing

  • Great side-trip options

    Nearby lakes and rivers offer swimming, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing opportunities

  • 6 million acres of wilderness

    Largest state park in the Lower 48, designated as “forever kept as wild forest lands” in 1885

Available itineraries

A Day of Customized Climbing With a Private Guide

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. The day usually starts ad 9 am and ends at 4 pm.

Extended Day of Rock Climbing With a Private Guide

Extended day is perfect for anyone who wants to make the most of their time in the Adirondacks. It is extremely valuable to spend dedicated time with a trained professional perfecting a specific skill-set, and then putting it to practice on fun and challenging routes. Eight to ten hours on the rocks allows you to do both! Let your guide tailor the day according to your needs and wishes!

A Day of Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing

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. You'll most likely meet up with your guide at 9 am, and the day will be over around 4 pm.

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Meet your guides

Mark Scott
Mark Scott
Mark is the owner of the Great Range Mountain Guides and an AMGA Certified Rock Instructor, Apprentice Alpine Guide, and Assistant Single Pitch Instructor Provider. After being introduced to climbing as a teenager, it became a driving force in his life. Through climbing, Mark has traveled to New Zealand, Peru and throughout the American West. He believes it is important to continually improve and seek new knowledge.
Alpine Endeavors
Alpine Endeavors
Alpine Endeavors operates year-round for rock climbing, ice climbing, alpine climbing and mountaineering. They operate daily in the Shawangunk, Catskill, and Adirondack mountains of New York and offer unique mountain adventures to world class areas in the US and internationally. All of the guides are trained, certified and accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association; trained in wilderness medicine; and New York State licensed.
5.00 (2 reviews)
Alyse Ford

Beautiful scenery. Cool walls and really nice assortment of routes. Mark was awesome. Got to experience repelling down from the top and climbing back up which was super cool. He\’s very knowledgeable about climbing and the Adks in general. Would definitely recommend him! ☺️

Susan Frank

Bought as a gift. After rock climbing he came back and was impressed by the instructor and said he was a great teacher. Went over knots while the gear was put on, talked with him to understand his level of comfort, and was able to challenge him to climb a 90 foot rock flat 3x, all different routes. He never claimed before and said it was an amazing experience! Would highly recommend

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • Rock climbing day in the Adirondacks (full day, marathon day, or multi-pitch day — depending on your chosen itinerary)
      • All technical climbing gear (helmet, harness, rock shoes, rope, etc)
      • Daily park passes as required

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation
      • Personal gear and lunch
      • Accommodations
      • Food and snacks
  • 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. To ensure you have a fun day, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.

  • 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.

    For intermediate to advanced climbers, the Adirondacks have loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.

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

      • 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.)

    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
      • Lunch
      • Food you can eat on-the-go
      • Personal gear and clothing
      • Approach shoes
      • Toiletries (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.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • Group sizes are between 1–4 people with one guide. For extended days and multi-pitch days, the max. guest to guide ratio is 2:1.
      • Costs per person decrease as the group grows for private tours, 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.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • 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. Most people fly into Albany International Airport (ALB), 2.5 hours away from the climbing site. From there you can take a shuttle or rent a car. Interstate 87 makes traveling by car easy, quick and affordable.

    Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet. The exact climbing location will be discussed after booking, as guides make that decision after considering the skill level of the group and factors such as crag traffic and weather.

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in the Adirondacks, please refer to the New York State’s Department of Health website.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • Day Trips Cancellations
    Fully refundable within the initial 48 hours from booking, unless the trip date is less than 7 days from the time of the booking.
    Cancellations up to 7 days prior to the trip date are refundable 100%.
    Cancellations within 7 days prior to the trip date are non-refundable.

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