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Rock Climbing in The Adirondacks

The Adirondacks | New York
Trip Highlights

Top reasons to rock climb in the Adirondacks

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    Enough crags and walls for a lifetime of rock climbing

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    Well over 250 climbing areas, each offering a unique experience

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    6,000,000 acres of wilderness — the largest state park in the lower 48

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.

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

Itineraries

Most Popular Itineraries

Half-Day of Rock Climbing With a Private Guide

Half-day

Whether you’re a beginner or an avid climber looking for a quick getaway, four hours on the rocks with a professional guide is the perfect option for you. No matter your skill level, your guide will customize the itinerary according to your objectives. Learn new techniques, perfect your skills or conquer some of the quicker routes!

A Day of Customized Climbing With a Private Guide

Full-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.

Extended Day of Rock Climbing With a Private Guide

Full-day

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. Over 8 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

Full-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.

Things to know

Things to know

Covid measures in the Adirondacks

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!

What’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

    • An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • A half or full day of rock climbing depending on your chosen itinerary
    • All technical climbing gear

What’s not included:

    • Transportation
    • Accommodations
    • Food and snacks

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. To ensure you have a fun day, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.

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.

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.

What about required equipment?

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
    • Food you can eat on-the-go
    • 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 age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

    • Group sizes are between 1–4 people with one guide. For extended 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.

Getting there and meeting location

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, 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.

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