Wintergreen | VIRGINA

Rock Climbing at Wintergreen

Season

Year-round
(park closed for guided rock climbing through October)

Nearest city

Charlottesville, VA is just under an hour’s drive from Wintergreen

Duration

Half-day to 2 days

Skill level

Beginner to advanced

Climbing Slabtastic will make your climbing partners green with envy

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.

Most Popular Itineraries

A Customized Day of Climbing With a Private Guide

From $165 per person · Full-day

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.

Half-Day of Climbing With a Private Guide

From $105 per person · Half-day

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 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.

Gym to Crag Transition Class

From $315 per person · 2 days

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.

Safety Skills and Self-Rescue Clinic

From $315 per person · 2 days

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.

Things you need 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!

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 (around a 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?

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 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:

Standard meeting times for Wintergreen are 8:30, 9:00, or 9:30 a.m. for full-day trips and 8:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. for half-day trips.

  • 8:30 am: Meet your guide at the guide’s recommended location
  • 9:30 am: Gear up and carpool to the cliffs
  • 10:00 am: Start climbing your objective for the day
  • 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch (bring snacks and plenty of water)
  • 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Build upon techniques developed in the morning session and explore additional terrain as time allows
  • 5:00 pm: Call it a day and head home

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?

Group sizes are usually between 1–3 people with one guide, but you can also go with a larger group of up to 6 people per guide.

Costs 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 larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

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 instructor 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 for 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

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!

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