New River Gorge | West Virginia

Rock Climbing in New River Gorge

Season

May through October

Nearest city

Fayetteville, West Virginia

Duration

Half-day to 2 days

Skill level

Beginner to advanced

New River Gorge offers thousands of options and miles of cliffline

The New River Gorge is composed of three river gorges: New, Gauley, and Meadow. You’ll find over 3,000 established routes to discover in the area, attracting rock climbers from all over the world. The enormity of routes ensure no matter your skill level, there will be an objective for you. Discover a range of trad, bouldering, sport, cracks or slab routes. New River Gorge features variety, such as short approaches to drop-top ropes or a longer approach to the famous Endless Wall ladder descent. Your guide can help you experience any aspect of climbing you want.

Most Popular Itineraries

A Customized Day of Climbing With a Private Guide

From $330 · Full-day

Gain individual attention for the range of multi-pitch, top-rope and classic climbing routes. The experts will design the day to match your skill level and objectives. How about trying Bubba City or Endless Wall? On the Nuttall sandstone, you’ll meet your goals and take away skills that you can apply on the crags back home.

Half-Day of Climbing With a Private Guide

From $95 per person · Half-day

Thanks to its quick approaches, you can accomplish a lot with a half-day of climbing in NRG. Your guides will discuss your goals with you and help you maximize your time. Focus on skills to become a better climber or get a taste of the area on one of its incredible routes. With a private guide, you’ll be surprised how much you can accomplish in just a few hours!

Two-Day Sport Leading Course

From $340 per person · 2 days

Become a sport leader in the gorgeous New River Gorge. If you’re an experienced top rope climber or an indoor leader, this two-day sport leading course will leave you feeling confident in your outdoor leading ability. Learn about managing risk, equipment selection, belay techniques, route selection, along with lead climbing principles and movement coaching.

Two-Day Trad Leading Course

From $340 per person · 2 days

Are you an experienced climber but have little to no lead climbing experience? This two-day course will make a trad leader out of you! Practice gear placement, rope management, anchor building and top belaying while backed up on a top-rope system. Thanks to expert guides, you’ll be ready to lead epic NRG routes like Four Sheets to the Wind and Party in My Mind.

Safety Skills and Self-Rescue Clinic

From $340 per person · 2 days

Be more confident climbing outdoors thanks to the techniques you’ll learn in this two-day clinic. Work with the experts to gain fundamental skills that you’ll be able to take with you regardless of where you climb. Learn such skills as belay escapes, load transfers, improvised haul systems, rescue rappelling and lowering and improvised rope ascension. This course is for anyone that leads or follows sport or trad routes.

Things you need to know

Covid measures in New River Gorge

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 New River Gorge please refer to the West Virginia Tourism Office website or the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

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!

Why should I book with 57hours?

With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.

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?

What you get in this adventure:

  • An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
  • 4-8 hours of rock climbing each day (depending on your chosen itinerary)
  • All technical climbing gear

Technical gear list

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.)

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

  • Daypack large enough to carry all the items listed (a 20-35L bag)
  • Water bottle or hydration pack
  • Food you can eat on-the-go
  • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, 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?

New River Gorge 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!

What does a typical day look like?

Your climbing itinerary will be fully customized to match your skill level and objectives. You and your guide will discuss route selection, skills development, and whatever else you’d like to focus on. From there, your guide will plan the perfect day tailored just for you.

Depending on your objectives, full days may start earlier and end later, but in general, your day will look like this:

  • 8:30 am: Meet your guide at the guide’s recommended location [add exact meetup location if it exists]
  • 9:00 am: Gear up and carpool to the crag
  • 9:30 am: Start climbing your objective for the day
  • 12:30 am – 1:00 pm: Lunch (bring snacks and plenty of water)
  • 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Build upon techniques developed in the morning session and explore additional terrain as time allows
  • 4:30 pm: Back to the cars for debriefing and high fives

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 is the minimum age requirement?

  • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
  • Teens aged 14-17 can go on their own, but a guardian will need to provide a signed waiver before an outing with the guide.
  • Kids younger than 14 can go climbing 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.

What about group sizes and pricing?

Normally, group sizes are between 1–4 people with one guide, with the option of up to 6 people per guide depending on the chosen itinerary.

Costs per person will decrease as the group grows for private tours, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.

What about bad weather?

As the saying goes, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad preparation.” 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 guide will present you with suitable alternatives. The most common practice is to move to a nearby location if it exists, or to reschedule your climbing to a more favorable day.

If climbing is not possible on your scheduled day and no options presented are viable, you will be issued a full refund.

Cancellation policy

With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.

For this adventure, 57hours offers a Moderate Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations fourteen (14) to twenty nine (29) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. For cancellations zero (0) to thirteen (13) days in advance, the Client is not entitled to any refund.

For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.

Getting there and meeting location

You will typically meet your guide at the New River Gorge climbing area’s parking lots. 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.

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