Top three reasons to go rock climbing in Wintergreen
Cliffs range from 30-300’ tall with a variety of climbing styles
Ideal spot for beginners taking their first foray into rock climbing
Wintergreen is full of high quality, grippy granite
The Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia are one of the best climbing destinations on the East Coast. The Wintergreen areat has plenty to offer both beginners and advanced climbers, with options ranging from low-angle slabs to vertical and overhung walls. Customize your guided climbing adventure to suit your goals and objectives — whether you’re looking to learn the basics or want a big day out on solid rock with epic views, you’ll find it in Wintergreen.
Charlottesville, VA is just under an hour’s drive from Wintergreen
Half-day to 2 days
Beginner to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
Half-Day of Climbing With a Private Guide
Get a taste of what Wintergreen has to offer with a half-day customized to you. With objectives for the heartiest of climbers, your guide will introduce you to one of the area’s incredible routes. New to climbing? Take in phenomenal mountain views while learning the fundamentals like proper gear placement, anchors, knots, climbing techniques and rappelling.
A Customized Day of Climbing With a Private Guide
Wintergreen cliffs range from 30 to 120 feet tall with a variety of climbing styles. Beginners will appreciate Wintergreen’s low-angle slabs close to resort amenities. Looking for a challenge? Tackle steep vertical and overhung walls suited for advanced climbers looking to push their abilities. Let your guide know what you want to accomplish and they’ll create the perfect day on Wintergreen’s prime rock.
Gym to Crag Transition Class
Take your climbing from the gym to the crag with this two-day course designed to get you comfortable climbing outdoors. You will learn the basics of outdoor climbing, and develop your technical skills and climbing movement in an outdoor setting. Suitable for any indoor or outdoor climbing experience, this private course will see you accomplish your climbing goals faster under the instruction of a climbing guide.
- Experience climbing indoors or out
Safety Skills and Self-Rescue Clinic
For anyone who leads or follows sport or trad routes, learn what it takes to get you and your climbing partners out of a sticky situation. This private course follows the American Mountain Guides Association’s Rock Guide Training Program and will allow you to develop technical safety and self-rescue skills to leave with the peace of mind knowing that you’re prepared for anything that might happen on the rock.
- 1 year outdoor climbing experience
- Experience as second or lead on trad climbs
- Experience climbing in multi-pitch terrain
Meet your guides
AMGA Certified Guide
AMGA Certified Guide
Blue Ridge Mountain GuidesBlue Ridge Mountain Guides
Blue Ridge Mountain Guides
Highlight of our trip! If you’re interested in an amazing adventure out in the mountains this is it. We had So much fun on our half day rock climbing tour. It was just the 2 of us with our guide who was super professional and encouraging. I felt really safe the whole time and we were able to try several different rock faces. We booked last minute and they were able to accommodate. Highly recommend!
Grant (Owner) and Dakota (Guide) led a 2 day class for me, my wife and daughter at Wintergreen Resort right off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Both days were filled with personalized agenda’s created after conversations with Grant & Dakota that were based on our needs and varying experience levels. They roll out the red carpet when it comes to teaching, listening to your needs and providing a learning atmosphere that is both in-depth and enjoyable. Their professionalism & advanced climbing knowledge (combined with a real passion to help each member experience the joy of climbing) cannot be over-emphasized ! We look forward to attending future sessions and highly recommend their services.
I’ve climbed multiple times with Blue Ridge Mountain Guides, at several of their locations including Seneca Rocks (West Virginia), Pilot Mountain, Stone Mountain and Moore’s Wall (North Carolina) and Wintergreen (Virginia), and every experience has been phenomenal. BRMG’s guides (including Ben, Dakota and Grant) always make sure you have an exceptional experience, and their service and attention to detail is far superior to other companies I have climbed with previously – I highly recommend them! Not only is climbing with them fun, but every time I learned a whole bunch and my climbing improved too! Next destination on my list for this year: New River Gorge – can’t wait!
First let me state, I am no spring chicken! But, that didn’t stop Sally from treating me to a FABULOUS day climbing in Wintergreen, Virginia. It was a safe and positive experience for me and I am afraid of heights! I am already looking forward to celebrating my 50th birthday in June on a private climb with the rest of my family. If you have never climbed before and are looking for a patient, kind person – ask for Sally!
Things to know
Covid measures in Wintergreen
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 Wintergreen, please refer to the Nelson county 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 in this adventure package:
- 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
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?
Wintergreen 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, Wintergreen 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
- 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.)
- 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 usually between 1–4 people with one guide, but you can also go with a larger group of up to 6 people per guide.
- Cost per person will 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.
- 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.
Getting there and meeting location
Wintergreen may be a small town, but is lucky enough to be close to several airports. The nearest domestic airport is Charlottesville Albemarle Airport, only 39 miles from the center of Wintergreen. To get to Wintergreen, just drive for 45 minutes via I-64 W and VA-151 S. For international flights, try to opt for Richmond International Airport. Being only 110 miles away, it is the closest one to your desired location. If you only follow I-64 W, you will be in Wintergreen in less than 2 hours.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet — either at the climbing area’s parking lots or nearby markets/coffee shops. From there, you’ll head to the crag and begin your day of climbing!