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
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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!