Rock Climbing


All climbing programs at Quincy Quarry are booked by private arrangement only.  Are looking to master a specific skill or accomplish a particular goal or maybe you just want the guide to yourself, on a day of your own choosing?  Regardless of the reason or the size of your party, just give us a call at 845-668-2030 to set up a private climbing day tailored to your needs and schedule.

Below are a few sample itineraries.  As each program is customized, you do not have to follow any particular itinerary for your climbing day.  For a more comprehensive lineup of courses, or to join a group lesson, check out our Climbing School locations in North Conway, NH and New Paltz (Gunks), NY.

Rock Climbing 101
If you’ve never rock climbed, or have been climbing indoors at a rock gym, this class is for you.  We’ll go over the fundamentals of climbing and focus on giving you the knowledge to become a skilled and confident rock climber.  You’ll learn about the relevant equipment, knots and terminology, and then we’ll move right into belaying, body position, footwork and working around the climbing site.

The whole day is spent putting these new skills to use on the cliff, with each climber able to get in a few climbs and descents.  You will come away knowing what it is like to be a fully engaged and responsible member of a climbing party, and with a good measure of actual climbing time on the rock.

Toprope Setup
When it is time to start heading out on your own, you’ll want to hit this course first. We’ll take your knowledge and experience on the rock and fine-tune it to address the myriad of issues that come with establishing toprope systems.  You’ll learn how to assess a site for climbing and anchoring potential, and how to set anchors at the top and bottom of the crag using a variety of methods and materials.  We’ll also cover how to deal with the typical issues that can complicate a day of toproping:  difficult cliff-top access, troublesome situations at the edge, awkward descent options, and other potential problems.  To cover all topics, this class is best taken over two days.


Quincy Quarry rock climbing lessons are booked by private arrangement only.  Please give us a call at 845-668-2030 to set up your very own climbing day.  Larger groups and families with kids 15 and younger, please call for rates.  Climbing is available 7 days a week.

1 person $325
2 people $225 each
3 people $195 each
4 or more people $170 each


Climbers meet promptly at 9:00am at the Quincy Quarry parking area.  In the morning you will meet your guide, sign a waiver form, and get outfitted with climbing gear for the day.  Once everyone is outfitted you will head towards the climbing area.  The whole day will be spent outside so please dress appropriately for the weather.  You should also bring enough food and water for the entire day and a backpack to carry items to the cliff.  Shoes are required for your feet (no sandals, please).  Full day programs usually wrap up around 4:30pm.


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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.

Cancellation Policy

Payment is due in full at the time of booking 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 more than 14 days prior to the program start date will be fully refunded or credited with no penalty.  Cancellations from 8 to 14 days from the program start date will not be refunded, but changes to reservations may be granted based on availability.  Cancellations or reservation changes within 7 days will not be refunded and you will not be allowed to reschedule or carry over deposits to future events.  Please mark the last day to cancel on your calendar after making your reservation.

Cancellations due to weather are determined only by EMS Schools and the guides – we will not make a weather cancellation at a guest’s behest.  Please note that forecasts change frequently and are rarely accurate more than a day or so out.  If it is determined a program needs to be canceled based on weather, we will call and/or email you prior to your reservation.  This may not always be far in advance of your reservation, so we suggest purchasing travel insurance if you are coming from afar.  If we do not reach out to you, your program will run as scheduled.  A full refund or rescheduling option will be available for those canceled due to weather

Please remember that if you are joining a pre-scheduled group lesson, your reservation will be pending sufficient enrollment.  If the minimum number of participants is not met, we will offer you the option of upgrading to a private lesson, or we will reschedule or refund you.  NOTE:  If you do not arrive on time for a group lesson, we reserve the right to start without you and you will not be rescheduled or refunded.

We highly recommend looking into travel insurance if you are at all concerned that life events may get in the way of your ability to come out with us.  If you have any questions, please call 845-668-2030.  We would be more than happy to review our cancellation policy with you.

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