Take It Outside

Introductory to advanced classes taught in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia

Outdoor Introduction to Rock Climbing

Where it all begins. The Introduction to Rock Climbing Course focuses on fundamental skills and techniques. Participants will receive expert climbing instruction and learn how to use harnesses, tie knots, belay and rappel. This is the perfect experience for those taking their first steps into the vertical world or for climbers who have yet to learn to belay.

The skills you’ll learn will also prepare you to climb indoors, and participants will receive an Earth Treks day pass.

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Location: Carderock, MD
Dates (one-day class):
Check back for 2020 dates.
Price:
$125
Member Price: $100
Ages: 13 +

Register for Carderock

Location: Great Falls, VA
Dates (one-day class):
Check back for 2020 dates.
Price: $125
Member Price: $100
Ages: 13 +

Register for Great Falls

Yoga and Mindful Climbing

With a partnership between the Outdoor School and the Yoga Program we will create an experience for our community of climbers and yogis where connection is discovered between the two disciplines, as well as fostering a connection between mind and body with a holistic approach to climbing. The goal of the class is to integrate the two practices and create an experience where participants will explore mindful approaches to climbing and discover complementary elements and commonalities of yoga and climbing.


Dates:
October 19, November 2
Price:
$125
Member Price: $100
Ages: 13 +
Location: Carderock, MD
Equipment: Included
Prerequisites: Belaying and top rope climbing experience

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Gym to Crag Series

Perfect for the indoor climber aspiring to take their skills outdoors, the Gym to Crag Series will prepare you to head to any crag with the knowledge and confidence to set up your own top rope anchor and climb with technique and finesse.  The following courses should be taken in sequence.

Outdoor Intermediate Rock Climbing

Earth Treks’ Intermediate Rock Climbing Course is an excellent transition for indoor climbers. The one-day course starts with outdoor specific movement workshops to improve balance and refine footwork and hand positions. Through the afternoon we’ll tackle more challenging climbs and learn more advanced rappelling techniques.

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Location: Carderock, MD
Dates (one-day class):
Check back for 2020 dates.
Price: $125
Member Price: $100
Ages: 13 +
Equipment: Included
Prerequisites: Belaying skills

Register at Carderock

Location: Great Falls, VA
Dates (one-day class):
Check back for 2020 dates.
Price: $125
Member Price: $100
Ages: 13 +
Equipment: Included
Prerequisites: Belaying skills

Register at Great Falls

Top Rope Anchors 1

Get the technical knowledge and practical experience needed to build and evaluate top rope systems with natural anchors (trees and boulders). Each student will finish the course with the skills and confidence needed to independently set up top rope climbs.

Dates: Check back for 2020 dates.
Price: $125
Member Price: $100
Ages: 13 +
Location: Great Falls, VA
Equipment: Included
Prerequisites: Belaying and top rope climbing experience.

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Top Rope Anchors 2

Earth Treks’ Top Rope Systems 2 course will build your "rope skills toolkit" by learning how to manage a climb from the top of the cliff and perform basic rescue skills. Skills taught will include: proper top belay and lowering techniques, hauling systems, and rappelling techniques in exposed terrain.

Dates: Check back for 2020 dates.
Price: $125
Member Price: $100
Ages: 13 +
Location: Great Falls, VA
Prerequisites: Top Rope Systems 1 or equivalent experience

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Top Rope Anchors 3

Earth Treks’ Top Rope Anchors 3 course will round out your top rope anchor skills. The goal is to provide the knowledge to travel outside of the traditional mid-Atlantic style anchors we have been working with in Top Rope Anchors 1 and 2. This course will focus on gear anchors and placements as well as multi-point anchors that you may find as you progress in your climbing career.

Dates: Check back for 2020 dates.
Price: $125
Member Price: $100
Ages: 13 +
Location: Great Falls, VA
Prerequisites: Top Rope Systems 1 or equivalent experience

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Introduction to Trad Climbing

Our Trad Seminar is appropriate for climbers who either want to expand their options for building anchors or those who want to tie into the sharp end. A low student to instructor ratio ensures you will receive plenty of personal attention. Course content includes evaluation of gear and its use, basic anchoring skills, cleaning gear from a pitch and lots of practice."

Dates: October 13
Price: $185
Member Price: $160
Ages: 13 +
Location: Annapolis Rocks, MD
Prerequisites: Belaying and top rope anchoring experience mandatory. Sport Lead experience highly recommended

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Seneca Rocks Road Trip + Multi-Pitch Climbing

Earth Treks is partnering with the local experts at Seneca Rocks Mountain Guides for a weekend of multi-pitch climbing in beautiful Seneca Rocks, WV. For those that can make it, join us Friday night for an evening of self-rescue skills before we depart for two days of multi-pitch climbing on Saturday and Sunday. You will have the opportunity to climb with friends or to make new ones as you ascend the 300’ fins while being expertly guided by our partners at SRMG. Camping at Seneca Rocks Mountain Guides compound is included Friday through Sunday night, and dinner Saturday night is provided by SRMG.

Dates: Check back for 2020 dates.
Price: $325
Member Price: $325
Ages: 13 +
Location: Seneca Rocks, WV
Equipment: Included
Prerequisites: Belaying and top rope climbing experience

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Road Trip - West Virginia

A great weekend adventure for developing climbers. The course is a perfect combination of our Intermediate Rock Climbing and Top Rope Systems 1 classes. Under the watchful eye of instructors, you will get plenty of opportunities to set top rope anchors and then climb on your own setups.

By the end of the weekend, climbers will have the skills necessary to climb independently outdoors and the background to take the next step into more technical climbing.

Dates: Check back for 2020 dates.
Price: $225
Ages: 13 +
Location: Coopers Rock, WV
Equipment: Included

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Rock Climbing Instructor Development Seminar

The State of Maryland requires all youth camps to have qualified staff members on site during climbing and rappelling programs. Earth Treks developed a certification program in 1993 and has been teaching it ever since. This program is recognized by the State of Maryland, and successful completion meets their criteria for staff leading climbing programs in a Maryland youth camp. This is an intensive program geared toward top roped climbing and covers industry best practices regarding risk management, teaching skills, hard skills and basic rescue skills. The seminar consists of two days of training and a one day exam.

Dates: Check back for 2020 dates.
Price: $330
Location: Carderock, MD
Prerequisites: Top rope climbing, belaying and anchoring experience are required.

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*If you have five or more students, this seminar can be booked privately.

For more information, download the Instructor Development Seminar Course Packet

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Private Instruction

Any of Earth Treks’ outdoor rock climbing courses can be booked privately for groups or individuals, or let Earth Treks customize an outdoor course to meet your needs.

Private one-day local introductory courses.  Topics include basic climbing movement, belaying, rappelling, and top rope anchoring.

  • $420 per group of 4; $285 per day for 1 student

Advanced private instruction for small groups: Topics include vertical rescue, lead climbing, multi-pitch climbing and aid climbing.

  • $485 per day for 1 student – this program runs from 8am to 7pm.

All prices include equipment and instruction.

For more information: call 410-872-0060 (option 3). It is recommended that you call at least 4-6 weeks in advance to adequately plan your event. Peak seasons often require further notice.  Advance booking with deposit is required.

 

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