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Rock Climbing in Connecticut

New Haven | Connecticut
Trip Highlights

Top three reasons to go rock climbing in Connecticut

  • Trip Highlight

    Hundreds of classic climbs for climbers of all skill levels

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    Explore Traprock Ridge’s high-quality bouldering and crack climbing

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    Excellent multi-pitch options on the nearby Adirondacks and White Mountains

With a climbing tradition dating back to the 1930s, Connecticut is home to some truly classic climbs. Legends such as Fritz Wiessner and Layton Kor made sure that the routes in the Nutmeg State were filled with top-class climbing and phenomenal views of Connecticut’s colorful nature. In the central region of the state, Traprock Ridge offers scenic face and crack climbs on unique, sharp basalt. There’s plenty of legendary routes here, such as the Ragged Mountain and Pinnacle. Climbers heading further south will find excellent climbs on high-quality granitic gneiss, blood-curdling overhangs, and top-tier crack climbing. And, of course, you can’t discuss the perks of climbing in Connecticut without mentioning the boundless bouldering opportunities on erratic glacial boulders dating back to the second ice age! When it comes to climbing, Connecticut never disappoints.


September through December

Nearest city

New Haven, CT, is near most of the available routes


1 day

Skill level

Beginner to advanced


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A Customized Day of Private Climbing With a Guide

1 day

Head to Connecticut for a full day of mountain climbing with a professional, AMGA-certified guide! There’s an abundance of amazing terrain to choose from — wanna try the short, but steep traprock cliffs of central Connecticut and the gneiss crags of the CT shoreline? How about some granite multi-pitch climbs on the surrounding mountains? Whatever your skill level and goal may be, your guide will find a perfect place for you!


Reviews (3)

Jessica H. about Ascent Climbing

Awesome climbing guide and instructor! I am very particular with who I allow having my life in their hands and I have no reservations recommending Nate.

Carl H. about Ascent Climbing

I’ve worked with Nate over the last 8 years – learning to climb, learning to lead trad, and self-rescue, in addition to skills clinics and just fun climbing. If you are looking to learn or advance in this sport,
I HIGHLY recommend you contact Ascent Climbing.

Tristan M. about Ascent Climbing

It was a perfect day. You did a great job leading and coaching me through the challenge, which I think was just right.

Things to know

Things to know

Covid measures in Connecticut

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, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Connecticut, please refer to Connecticut’s official COVID-19 travel advisory.

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 full day of rock climbing
    • 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.

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
    • Ropes
    • Rock shoes (included in the price, but we recommend bringing your own if you have them)
    • 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:

    • The group size for this private climb is usually between 1–6 people with one guide.
    • 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 in Connecticut 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

To get to New Haven, Connecticut, most people fly into Bradley International Airport 1 hour north of New Haven. From there, you can rent a car, or take a bus to Hartford, CT, get off there and take a train. You can also take a bus to Meriden, CT, and take another bus straight to New Haven

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop in New Haven or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

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