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Learn Rock & Rope Climbing - Rappelling

Rock climbing is about walking on your fingers and toes in a vertical world. Ask a climber who's traveled this great country in search of prime climbing and they'll tell you about adventure vacations at the New River Gorge in West Virginia. Peering up at a 80-foot wall of sandstone, the thought of hoisting yourself onto the rock may seem a bit foreign. Once you make that first move, though, it’s about getting your balance and shifting your weight to find just the right holds that make sense.

What goes up, must come down. That’s rappelling. As you prepare to lower yourself over the edge of the cliff, you’ll feel a nice little tug on the body and some experience a rush of butterflies. But once your legs are in position and your braking hand is comfortably wrapped around your hip, it’s a smooth ride all the way to the bottom.

Upper Gorge Climb/Rappel - Half Day

  • rockclimbing3Explore what climbing and rappelling are all about on the ACE's private climbing property
  • Meals: None
  • Season: March-December
  • Minimum Age: 8
  • Difficulty: Easier (Half Day)

Rate per person:$79

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Upper Gorge Climb/Rappel - All Day

  • rock-climbing2Spend the day honing your rock climbing and rappelling skills in the privacy of ACE’s exclusive climbing sites
  • Meals: Deli lunch
  • Season: March-December
  • Minimum Age: 8
  • Difficulty: Intermediate

Rate per person:$119

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Lower Gorge Climb/Rappel - All Day

  • rockclimbing1Tackle the cliff walls of the 1,000-foot deep New River Gorge. 
  • This world-class climbing environment features Endless Wall, a 7-mile long rock wall of hard sandstone with thousands of climbs for all abilities
  • Meals: Deli lunch
  • Season: March-December
  • Minimum Age: 10
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
Rate per person: $140
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Evening Rappel

Aren't sure going up is for you? Rappelling is a great way to get out on the rock and see the sites, but it won't be as physically challenging as climbing. Experience the thrill of descending off the cliffs of the New River Gorge. Our experienced guides will train you on all of the safety aspects of rappelling and then lead you off of 80 ft cliffs. This trip can take place after your whitewater rafting trip.

Rate per person:$59
Minimum Age: 8
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Rock Climbing Clinics in the New River Gorge

There's a lot to learn in climbing: There's technique. There are knots and ropes and carabiners. Geology and physics also come in handy. There's the hike to the rock, carrying all the gear. But all of that leads to standing on an overlook in the New River Gorge, taking in the view atop the challenging pitch you just scaled. Accomplishment has its rewards.

If you like problem solving and putting your mind and body to the test, climbing is a great sport and a great way to get full-body, low-impact exercise. And, we want to get you passionate about climbing by taking a clinic here at ACE. You'll learn:

  • Proper equipment use and care
  • Proper shoe and harness fit
  • Basic knots and anchors
  • Techniques to climb higher and longer
  • How to pick routes, and how routes are graded
  • With instructors who eat and breathe this stuff

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


Gym to Real Rock:
What better place than the New River Gorge to make the transition from gym climbing to real rock? This full-day course takes what you've learned in a man-made setting and adapts it to natural rock. Our ACE guides focus on route selection, efficient movement, and foot and hand plcement using a variety of rock types from cracks to friction.

  • Full Day
  • Lunch included
  • April - November
  • Min. Age 14

Learn the Ropes:
This two-day course takes your skills to the next level by mastering the techniques of top-rope climbing.  We cover equipment, knots, natural anchor systems, belay techniques and climbing movement. Upon completion, you should understand and demostrate proper belaying techniques, how to set up top-rope systems using natural and passive anchors, as well as risk management considerations for top-rope climbing.

  • 2 Days
  • Includes lunch both days
  • April - November
  • Min. Age 16


Custom Clinics:
Looking to recieve specific climbing knowledging or to tailor a special trip to your need? Utilizing our instructional format, we can teach adventure racing and canyoneering rope-work techniques, or we can simply guide you to the best climbing the Lower New River Gorge has to offer. If you have a special climbing adventure in mind, give ACE a call.

  • 1 - 5 Days
  • Lunch included each day
  • April - November
  • Varies

Rate Per Person: Call for all custom clinics


We can tailor our rocking climbing clinics to your group, large or small.

If you're planning a group retreat, make sure you check out our Team Challenge programs.

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
  • Sunscreen
  • Personal prescription medication
  • Camera

Don't Bring

  • Loose-fitting clothing
  • Some rope you bought at a hardware store
  • Ladders or elevators
  • Extra gravity



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