Rock Climbing School
The Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing School is the oldest climbing school in the East, and has been offering technical rock climbing instruction outdoors since 1968. The School is fully accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) and all of our climbing instructors are AMGA-Certified as Single Pitch Instructors, or higher. EMS Climbing Guides have technical knowledge and experience to deliver the most up-to-date instruction, but they never forget that your satisfaction and enjoyment come first. As much as they love repeat customers, their true measure of success is when they encounter former students enjoying the crags on their own.
Select a Location
Each rock climbing location offers a slightly different lineup of classes. Please select a location to view programs in your area.
North Conway, NH
New Paltz (Gunks), NY
Lake Placid, NY
On the Loose (5.10a), Keene Valley, Adirondacks
Our most popular rock climbing class is Rock Climbing 101. This intro level rock climbing class is perfect for anyone interested in climbing outdoors for the first time. Whether you’ve climb indoors at a gym, or never climbed before- this class is perfect for you. Classes take place outdoors on real rock at some of the best climbing crags in the East including Cathedral and Whitehorse ledge in North Conway and the Gunks in New Paltz. We teach you everything to get started including selecting and fitting equipment, safety around the climbing site, climbing commands, proper belay technique, climbing technique, and of course plenty of actual climbing time. If you are looking for a more comprehensive class then check out our two-day Fast Track to rock climbing course. This two-day class combines Rock Climbing 101 and Rock Climbing 201 into two back to back days. Rock Climbing Fast Track is a great course for those who are serious about picking up the sport of rock climbing. Once you’ve got some climbing under your belt be sure to come back for a Top Rope Setup course or Learn to Lead course.
Rock Climbing is available seven days a week by private arrangement, or you can join a scheduled class on select dates. Gift Certificates for rock climbing lessons and guided climbs are also available.
Before you begin…
Rock Climbing reservations are broken down into two types. Private and Group Classes. Group classes require a minimum enrollment of two participants. If you are booking as a single for any group class your reservation will be subject to change up until the last day if we can not match you.
Private classes are completely customizable and guaranteed to run once your reservation is complete. Any rock climbing class can be made into a private class. Many of our climbers choose to go privately as an alternative to joining a class because they have a limited schedule or they want peace of mind that the day they register for will not be dependent on us matching them with another climber. If you want the most personalized attention, the ability to go at your own pace, and a lot of climbing; private lessons and guided climbs are the way to go. To speak with someone about your private climbing day, please call 800-310-4504.
Group classes are great for those 15 and older looking to try out climbing in a group environment. These classes are generally less expensive than private classes, but are subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not met. If you have a flexible schedule and don’t mind being matched with other climbers, joining a class is a great option. Class dates can be found online and reservations can be made online 24 hours a day.