Top three reasons to rock climb in Lake Placid
Massive granite walls, splitter cracks, and lake cliffs with amazing views
Part of the magnificent Adirondacks — the largest state park in the lower 48
Located in the High Peaks Region offering the best rock climbs in the area
On the northern part of the famous Adirondack State Park, you’ll find Lake Placid, a beautiful village with something for any outdoor enthusiast. The lakes offer a beautiful background for hiking, white peaks and icy winters ideal for ice climbing, and some of New York’s biggest cliffs that provide plenty of rock climbing routes for any skill level. Tucked away in the High Peaks Region, Lake Placid is usually known for having been the host of two winter Olympic Games, but the area offers year round recreation opportunities! Enjoy crisp mountain air and jaw-dropping views of the peaks, valleys, and sparkling lakes as you climb some of the best routes in the State of New York!
Late April through late November
Albany, NY, is about 2 hours away
Beginner to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
A Customized Full Day of Private Climbing With a Guide
Whether you’re a complete beginner, indoor climber wanting to expand their options, or a seasoned climber looking for a challenge, your guide will make sure you make the best of your time in the Lake Placid area! Use your time on the solid granite to master the fundamentals of climbing, develop and perfect your existing skills, and have fun on the rocks without worrying about safety and organization! With so many options to choose from, it’s best to let your local guide lead the way — they will tailor the day to fit your goals and make sure you make the most of your time.
Full Day of Family Climbing With a Guide
Take your family* and head to the Lake Placid area for an adventure on the rocks! This family outing can be full of excitement and fun as you learn the basics of climbing and safety with your children. Let the expert friendly guides show them the moves, join them and conquer a route together, and make sure to take some pictures along the way — you’ll cherish these moments forever!
*To be considered for the family rate you must have a child age 15 or younger in your group.
2-Day Rock Climbing Fast Track With a Guide
If you are looking for a challenge and want to master the basics of rock climbing, this two-day adventure is the ideal option for you! This course will leave you with the knowledge, skills and variety of experience, and you’ll think and respond to challenges on the cliff as a true climber. Learn everything about gear, climbing knots, belay technique, body position and footwork, communication and terminology. Soon you’ll be able to make decisions on the cliff, select the best routes, and apply proper skills during your climb. Your possibilities are endless, so let the guide customize the days according to your goals and abilities!
Meet your guide
Eastern Mountain Sports Schools
My daughter and I did a whole day of rock climbing. We’ve done climbing before, not too much and we were thinking this would be similar. It wasn’t. Our abilities and ideas of what we could do were challenged and pushed to the limits. I do mean this in the best possible way. Had this been an average day of top rope rock climbing I think both of us would be happy going to the rock gym six or seven times a year with the occasional trip outdoors. We did two four pitch climbs with a combined elevation gain of 800 feet. After this both of us are hooked and want to learn more and do more.
Things to know
Covid measures in Lake Placid
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 Lake Placid, NY, please refer to the New York’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 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:
- 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?
Lake Placid has plenty of options for beginner climbers. Whether you’ve never climbed before or are transitioning from the gym to outdoor climbing, your guide will customize the day to suit your skill level and objectives. With a guide by your side, you’ll learn something new, stay safe on the rocks, and most importantly, have fun!
For intermediate to advanced climbers, Lake Placid has 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
- Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
- 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)
- Rock shoes (can be rented, but we recommend bringing your own if you have them)
- Water bottle
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- 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:
- For multi-pitch climbing, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 3:1 and the cost is per person.
- For the single-pitch climbing, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 6:1 and the cost is per person.
- For the family climbing days, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 6:1.
- 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.
- You must have a child age 15 or younger in your group to be considered for the family rate.
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 Lake Placid, most people fly into international airports in Albany, NY, Burlington, VT, and Montreal, both about 2 hours away, or Adirondack Regional Airport, only 20 minutes away. There you can arrange for car service pick up, taxi, or car rental.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet. The exact climbing spot will be discussed after the booking as guides make that decision after considering the skill level of the group and factors such as crag traffic and weather.