Update:  We are not running our pre-scheduled group specials at this time; however, we are offering PRIVATE guiding and instruction every day and can customize any private day to match the curriculum of any of our courses.  Please call us at (845)668-2030 or email us at schools@ems.com for more information and availability.

Length

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

Meeting Location

EMS in Lake Placid
2453 Main Street
Lake Placid, NY 12946
GPS: 44.289746,-73.985065
directions

Ratio

1:3

Cost

Please see private lessons for more information.

Lodging

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.

Rock Climbing Fast Track

LAKE PLACID, NEW YORK

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Rock Climbing Fast Track is a two-day introduction to rock climbing and is our most popular rock climbing class. This concentrated program takes beginning climbers through the comprehensive progression of our two main courses: Rock Climbing 101 and Rock Climbing 201. After these two days, you will have the knowledge, skills and variety of experience to think and respond to challenges on the cliff as a true climber. It’s a perfect way to cover a lot of vertical ground!

Course topics include (but are not limited to)proper gear selection, common climbing knots, belay technique, body position and footwork, communication and terminology, gaining trust in the climbing system, route selection, decision making on the cliff, making sense of gear and techniques, proper skills application for changing situations, and advice for improving climbing technique and efficiency.

Notes: 1) Weather and conditions may inhibit us from covering all topics outlined in this course. Please be open to a flexible schedule. 2) 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 845-668-2030 or click here.

Itinerary

Groups meet promptly at 8:30am at the Eastern Mountain Sports in Lake Placid. 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 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. 

Eastern Mountain Sports Schools