Rock Climbing


All climbing programs in West Hartford are booked by private arrangement only. If you are looking to master a specific skill or accomplish a particular goal or maybe you just want the guide to yourself, or 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 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.


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

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


Climbers will meet promptly at 9:00am. In the morning you will meet your guide, sign a waiver form, and get outfitted with climbing gear for the day.  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.

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 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 845-668-2030. We will be more than happy to review our cancellation policy with you.



Gear List