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Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing
near Philadelphia in Southeast Pennsylvania & Beyond

Learn the basics of outdoor rock climbing at any of the 3 spectacular outdoor climbing locations. The Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing trip is designed for first-time climbers (no indoor or outdoor experience) and for those who would like to transition from indoor gym climbing to climbing on real rock in the great outdoors. The Intro trips are also good for intermediate climbers as the guides set up a multitude of easy, medium, and hard climbs. 





Pricing: $84/climber

Cancellation Policy: Navigate to the FAQ page or click HERE to read the new 2024 policy in detail. Biggest update: in the event of a cancellation by client or us, refunds are only available if you purchase trip insurance during the booking process (rescheduling or maintaining a credit may be options).

Pricing Schedule: 5 participants required to run the trip. You do not need to book as a group of 5. These trips are open enrollment to the general public and we just need at least 5 people on a trip. If there are less than 5, we can still run the trip, but with the below pricing schedule. Since we understand that the increase in price can be a barrier, refunds and rescheduling options are available for those who do not want to go on the trip with less than 5 participants. We will contact you 2 days prior to your trip date if there are less than 5 people booked to determine how you’d like to proceed.

  • 4 climbers - $99/climber

  • 3 climbers - $130/climber

  • 2 climbers - $195/climber

  • 1 climber - $385/climber

Trip Length: 6 1/2 hrs. | 8:30am/9:00 a.m. - 3:00pm/3:30 p.m. (depends on location)

Trip Size: we generally maintain a 1:6 guide-to-client ratio with a maximum number of 12 clients in the open enrollment trips

Minimum Age: 9 yrs old. If younger, please call us before booking

Provided Gear: harness, climbing shoes, helmet and guides


Each weekend we run the Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing trip at a different location. While the curriculum and format of the trips are the same, you will have a very different experience as the scenery, rock type, rock quality, rock texture, rock height, and climbing routes are unique at each crag. ​

* We are not operating at Ralph Stover for the 2024 climbing season.

Topics Covered

  • Belay instruction

  • Climbing gear

  • Basic body movement + climbing techniques

  • Tying into the rope using a figure-eight follow-through knot

  • Climber-to-belayer toe-to-toe checks

  • Proper communication

  • Hand, arm & foot positioning

  • Names and use of rock features for hands and feet

  • Route reading

  • Objective and subjective hazards unique to outdoor climbing

  • Climbing ethics and Leave No Trace considerations

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