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Private, Family & Group Climbing


In addition to group classes we offer private lessons for individuals, families and large groups. If you would like to schedule a custom climbing program on a day of your own choosing, we have something for every size group from individuals to groups of 20 or more!

Rates include climbing equipment rentals (harness, helmet, climbing shoes, mountaineering boots, ice axes, crampons, and all climbing hardware). If you have climbing equipment you are more than welcome to use it. No discounts available for using your own gear.

Private Climbing

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.

What does “private” mean?
1) You will not be matched with other climbers you don’t know.
2) You can choose any day to climb. Climbing available 7 days a week.
3) You climb at your own pace.
4) You tell us what topics you would like to cover in the day.
5) Your reservation is guaranteed to run (with the exception of weather).

Private lessons are available any day of the week, all year round. Programs include rock climbing and ice climbing. This is a very common choice for many of our climbers and a great value for your time and money spent. To schedule a climb please call 845-668-2030 or send an email to All reservations are finalized over the phone and full payment is required upfront to hold your reservation.

Private Rates – Weekdays

  Per Day**    
One person (1:1) $295    
Two people (1:2) $195 each    
Three people (1:3) $165 each    
Four or more people* $150 each    


Private Rates – Weekend and Holidays

  Per Day**    
One person (1:1) $325    
Two people (1:2) $225 each    
Three people (1:3) $175 each    
Four or more people* $150 each    



We use Objective days to define a day where the goal or location requires a longer that normal time frame consisting of more than 8 hours.

  Per Day**    
One person (1:1) $375    
Two people (1:2) $270    
Three people (1:3) $220 each    
Four or more people* $195 each    
*Please note that these rates are based upon a 1:4 guide to guest ratio.

**Day rates do not include $20 per person Mohonk Preserve climbing day pass (rock climbing only).

Discounted Privates

Private passes are for rock climbing in The Gunks and/or ice climbing in the Catskills.  Passes must be purchased in full before applying the discount to your first private climbing day.  Passes are non-refundable and can not be transferred to any other program.  Can be used on consecutive or non-consecutive days.  Pass expires one year from date of purchase.  Additional people can be added to private pass reservations at discounted rate.

5 Pack Purchase 5 private (1:1) days of guiding and receive 10% off each day. 
10 Pack Purchase 10 private (1:1) days of guiding and receive 15% off each day. 

Family Climbing (rock climbing only)

Spend some time with the little ones this season while learning a new family sport. Kids & family climbing programs are designed to allow families to go at their own pace with the help and guidance of a certified climbing instructor. Our instructors will introduce basic climbing technique, fundamentals of belaying, and of course tons of climbing!

Family climbing programs can be as formal or informal as you like and are custom tailored to meet to needs of your family. Programs are for families with kids age 15 and younger. Parents must be present and participation is strongly encouraged. “Families” can be any combination of mom, dad, kids, grandparents, other relatives, and friends. As long as someone in the group is 15 or younger and a parent or legal guardian is present you qualify for the family rate.

Family Rates

Family up to 4 people $400 (5-8 hour day)
Family 5-8 people $800 (5-8 hour day)

Don’t have all day to climb? Try our half day option for $250 for up to four people (weekdays and non-holidays only).

Age Restrictions

You must have a child age 15 or younger in your group to be considered for the family rate.  Age restrictions on the lower end depend on size of the child and attention span.  Children must be able to wear a helmet for the entire program and must be able to listen carefully and follow instructions from the climbing instructor.  Please call us to discuss these restrictions if you still have questions or concerns.

Groups generally meet between 8:30am and 9am at Eastern Mountain Sports.  An average day ranges between 5-8 hours in length and includes gear fitting, equipment overview, basic instruction (knot tying, belaying, climbing technique) and of course plenty of time for climbing!

Organized Group Climbing

Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing School works with many clubs, schools, universities and community organizations like Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts to create customized programs every year.  We can provide lessons or climbing programs as a one-time event or a series of recurring events.

We specialize in group climbing events, adventures, and climbing instruction.  Our professionally trained instructors and guides work hard to provide top notch outdoor adventures for groups of all sizes.  We provide a wide variety of programs for groups of varying interests and expectations.  Give us a call with your special needs and we will tailor a climbing program to meets those needs, and exceed your expectations.  This is why our groups keep coming back for more, year after year!  Please call 845-668-2030 for group rates.

Types of Groups
Adaptive needs, corporate outings, Boy and Girl Scouts, public and private schools, town recreation departments, summer camps, universities, local businesses, etc.

Programs Include
Team building, instruction, tours, etc.

Eastern Mountain Sports Schools