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2 days (8:30am- 4:30pm)

Meeting Location

EMS Climbing School
3124 Route 44 & 55
Gardiner, NY 12525
800-310-4504 x2
GPS: 41.727255,-74.194582


group classes run with a minimum of 2 and maximum of 1:4 ratio


$320 per person (does not include $20/day Mohonk Preserve entrance fee)
private lessons also available


lodging is not included in course fee. students will be responsible for their own accommodations. click here for area lodging.

Gear List

all technical climbing equipment will be provided. click here for items you will be responsible for bringing.

Top Rope Set Up



This is our anchoring fundamentals course. Our two day course will get you climbing outside on your own. Using natural or fixed protection we’ll go over what it takes to set up your own rope systems.

Course Topics:
Selecting the climbing site
Guidebook interpretation
Various ways to get to the top of the crag
Evaluating anchor components
Anchor building
Climbing knots and hitches used in anchoring
Rappelling with backups
Ground safety while climbing

From here, the next logical step is our Advanced Top Rope Anchors course. This is our introduction to using traditional gear in building anchors. Many of our climbers also choose to climb privately with a guide to further develop their skills with a customized class.

Note: Groups classes require a minimum enrollment of two people. If you are booking alone for a class your reservation is subject to change up until the last day if the minimum enrollment is not reached. If you have a flexible schedule and you do not mind being matched with other climbers for the day, joining a class is a great cost savings way to take a lesson. If you have a limited schedule, or you do not wish to be paired with other climbers, we strongly recommend booking a private lesson. Private lessons can be booked any day of the week and are guaranteed to run. For information about private reservations please call 800-310-4504.


Groups meet promptly at 8:30am at the Eastern Mountain Sports in Gardiner (Gunks). Click here for directions. In the morning you will meet your guide, sign a waiver form, and get fitted with climbing gear for the day. Once everyone is outfitted groups will leave straight for the trail head. The whole day will be spent outside so please dress appropriate for the weather. You should also bring enough food and water for the entire day and a backpack to carry items to the cliff. The day will end around 4:30pm back at EMS.

Included/ Not Included

Climbers will be outfitted with all technical equipment for the day. You are welcome to bring your own equipment but it will be subject to approval by your guide. Equipment provided includes rock shoes, harness, helmet, and climbing hardware. Climbers will be expected to arrive dressed appropriately for the weather and provide their own lunches for the day. See gear list for complete list of items you will be responsible for bringing. Meals, lodging and transportation are not included.

Cancellation Policy

Payment is due in full at time of reservation to secure your reservation. Events run rain or shine. Eastern Mountain Sports Schools reserves the right to cancel or reschedule events for low participation, weather or safety concerns at any time. We will try to give as much advance notice as possible, but may not always be able to give much advance warning, especially for weather cancellations. Cancellations or schedule changes 14 days or more prior to the event start date will be fully refunded or credited with no penalty. Within 14 days of the start date courses can not be refunded, but changes to reservations may be granted up until 7 days of the start date. Reservation changes of any kind within 7 days of the event start date will not be refunded and you will not be allowed to carry over deposits to future events. For participants 17 or younger, a parent must sign a waiver form prior to climbing. If you have any questions please call 800-310-4504. We will be more than happy to review our cancellation policy with you.