Rock Climbing Clinics in the New River Gorge
New River Climbing School offers nationally recognized guide training courses taught by PCGI licensed mentors and assessors. Through technical education, training, and assessments, we help empower students with safe techniques for rock climbing. Our guide training courses are valuable to current and/or aspiring rock climbing guides, University Outdoor Club and Climbing Club Leaders, Youth Program Leaders, and individuals seeking to increase safety and efficiency in rock climbing. Independently offered PCGI Courses and Assessments are scheduled every spring, summer, and fall in the New River Gorge, West Virginia. Groups of 2 or more can often arrange custom dates and locations for all courses and assessments.
New River Climbing School offers private guiding for individuals and small groups interested in learning specific rock climbing skill sets such as: Top Roping, Lead Climbing, Multi-Pitch Climbing, Anchor Building, and Rappelling. Learn self rescue skills from our certified rock climbing instructors and guides. Self rescue skills are the most important set of skills ANY LEVEL of climber will ever learn. No climber should go without a fundamental understanding of these potentially lifesaving skills. Self rescue training is done via a minimum of one full day, however we highly recommend two full days. Our self rescue training includes but is not limited to the following skills:
- Belay Escapes
- Load Transfers
- Improvised Haul Systems
- Rescue Rappelling and Lowering
- Improvised Rope Ascension
We'll customize the clinic to your ability or your group's ambition. We've got great beginner rock features right here on ACE's 1,500-acre resort, and there are thousands of expert climbing routes in the New River Gorge.
Let us help you get into the vertical world:
- Trip Length: 1 to 4 days
- Meals: Lunch
- Season: March - November
- Minimum Age: 14
- Equipment: Included
Rock Climbing Clinics In The New River Gorge
There's also more video from recent rock climbing clinics with youth groups— with cool head-cam footage.
We can tailor our rocking climbing clinics to your group, large or small.
For convenience, we recommend booking lodging here at ACE to be close to your activity (and enjoy our lake).
What To Wear
- Light pants or jeans
- Tennis shoes or boots for hiking
- Close-fitting shirt (T-shirt or technical wear)
- Hat and sunglasses
- A wry smile
What To Bring
- Extra layers (rain jacket)
- Day pack
- Hydration pack/Water bottle
- Personal prescription medication
- Loose-fitting clothing
- Some rope you bought at a hardware store
- Ladders or elevators
- Extra gravity