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We are excited to announce that the 2011 Outdoor Climbing Season is here!
Tired of being cramped up inside all winter? Are you longing to spend some time outside in the fresh air and sunshine? Wanna feel real rock under your hands?
Sportrock offers a variety of outdoor climbing classes for all skill and technical levels:
Brand new to rock climbing and don't know where to start? Sign-up for our Outdoor Basic Skills class which will prepare you for climbing outside and whet your appetite for more outdoor classes!
Eager to learn how to set up Top Rope anchors outdoors? Then our Top Rope Systems 1 and 2 classes are for you.
Want to just get outside and climb? Leave the tecnical aspects of anchor building and belaying to us and sign up for a private guiding trip to your desired climbing location!
Our Outdoor Programs are designed to teach you all you need to know to begin safe, fun, and ethical climbing practices.
Sportrock has AMGA (American Mountain Guide Association) certified instructors on staff who are also licensed Wilderness First Aid and Wildernerss First Responders - you are in GREAT hands with our professional instructors.
So whether you want to climb some great routes at Great Falls National Park or you want to try something a little bigger like Seneca Rocks, WV then we have what you are looking for. Sign Up Today!
We also offer programs for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
Sportrock is dedicated to meeting your needs so if you are looking for something that is not currently offered please contact us to make arrangements.
***Please note that if you are wanting to pay via Gift Card or with a coupon that you will need to call the appropriate facility to make a reservation. Both Sportrock facilities can be reached at 703-212-7625.***
This introductory class teaches novice climbers the basic skills necessary to safely rock climb. Items covered: knot craft, harness wear and adjustment, belaying, climbing techniques, rappelling and climbing safety. Participants will spend the remainder of the class practicing the skills and climbing. Location: Great Falls National Park
Sportrock is committed to offering the nation's premier outdoor movement classes. Take your technique and climbing movement to the next level with our 1-day course focused on topics such as hand and foot holds, weight shifting, refined foot work, turning, dead-pointing and dynamic movement. Throughout the day, we'll take on more challenging drills and exercises on various angles of terrain that deal with topics such as, flagging, twist locks, stemming, lay backing, mantling, heel hooks and toeing down. Sportrock's Outdoor Climbing Technique Course is a great class for any climber, whether you've been indoors climbing before or not, this course is designed for advancing technique skills for the beginner or intermediate climber.
You tell us what you want and we will do our best to meet your needs! Some examples include but are not limited to:
Registration is not available online to check availability, pricing, and to schedule please email Jason.
Is your group wanting to climb outside but just don't have the necessary skill to rig your own anchor systems? Then let our staff of professionally trained guides take your group out for a day of climbing fun at Great Falls Park, VA. This National Historic Park offers scenic views of the mighty Potomac and some of the best top-rope climbing in this region. This is a great opportunity to learn about the area, climbing safety and have fun. No prior experience needed - we'll do all the work and you'll do all the climbing! To check availability or to schedule email Jason.
Price varies depending on group size and length of program.
A “must take” class if you want to start climbing outside on your own. The goal of the class is to learn how to set up safe anchor systems where the belayer is at the bottom of the cliff. You’ll learn and practice several new knots and methods for setting up bomber top rope anchor systems as well as spend time climbing. Location: Great Falls National Park
The emphasis of this class is to learn safe, redundant anchor systems, where the belayer is at the top of the cliff. This is especially useful when the descent is treacherous or if belaying from the bottom is not an option. This class will also include instruction on rappelling, learning new knots and an introduction on how to build solid top rope anchors using gear placed in natural features. Participants will have time to practice the skills learned and climb.
The goal of this course is to transition the climber into a safe, smart and effective leader. The course focuses on anchor systems, placement of protection, rappelling w/backup and belay station selection, set up and management. A short block on self-rescue is included. To check availability or to schedule email Jason. Location: Seneca Rocks,WV