COVID-19 Reopening Information

To do our part to protect our community during the COVID-19 outbreak Earth Treks has cancelled all camps, classes, and events until further notice.

Outdoor Guide Services

We've partnered with some excellent guiding service organizations to get you the information and training you need to climb outside. As a bonus, Earth Treks members can get special discounts. Check it out.

Seneca Rocks Mountain Guides (SRMG)

SRMG is one of the most respected guide services in the country with a more than 30-year history guiding at Seneca Rocks in West Virginia.  Seneca Rocks is one of the premier multi-pitch crags on the East coast and boasts a 300’ knife edge fin.  Earth Treks is excited to partner with SRMG to bring these exclusive discounts and courses offerings.

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DC-Area Outdoor Climbing Courses at Carderock and Great Falls

For the the first time ever, we’re bringing our philosophy of small classes and hands-on learning to the Capitol region to prepare you for safe, successful, and independent climbing at your local crag, at Seneca Rocks, and beyond.
 Course offerings include Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing, Top Rope Anchors, Multi-Pitch Prep, Intro to Trad Leading, and more. Check out our DC-area website at for course listings and more.

Earth Treks Member Road Trip: Seneca Rocks, WV

Join Seneca Rocks Mountain Guides for a weekend of multi-pitch climbing in beautiful Seneca Rocks, WV. Kick off the weekend with a Friday night self-rescue course, followed by two days of spectacular multi-pitch climbing. You'll have the opportunity to climb with friends or to make new ones as you ascend the 300-foot rock fins while being expertly guided by the most experienced guides in the North Fork Valley. Get ready to stand on the summit of Seneca Rocks!


  • All climbing equipment
  • Camping at SRMG's creekside campground
  • Breakfast Saturday and Sunday; dinner Saturday night
  • Self-rescue seminar
  • Two days of guided climbing

Dates (weekend class): September 18-20
Price:  $300
Ages: 11 +
Equipment provided: All rock climbing equipment included
Prerequisites: Belaying and top rope climbing experience

For more details or to book, email Tom Cecil at or call us anytime at 304-567-2115.

Discounts for Earth Treks Members!

  • 10% off any 2 or 3 person 2-day course. Includes Trad Fundamentals, Lead Climbing, Rock Rescue and Big Wall courses
  • 10% off any 2 or 3 person 2-day Private Guiding

All SRMG courses at Seneca Rocks include a free evening rescue seminar, free camping with showers and bathrooms and a complete kitchen. For more details or to book, email Tom Cecil at or 304-567-2115.

American Alpine Institute (AAI)

AAI is dedicated to helping climbers raise their skills, protect the environments in which they climb, develop good judgment, and safely gain access to the great mountains of the world. We've partnered up with AAI to save you a little money and get you stoked to learn beginner and advanced skills in rock, alpine, or winter pursuits! All Earth Treks and Planet Granite members will save 10% off any of the following programs:

  • Alpinism 1 - Introduction to Mountaineering
  • Alpinism 2 - Intermediate Mountaineering
  • Alpine Mountaineering and Technical Leadership, Part 1
  • Alpine Mountaineering and Technical Leadership, Part 2
  • Glacier Skills and Crevasse Rescue
  • Winter Mountaineering in the Sierra
  • Winter Mountaineering - Ouray, Colorado
  • Winter Mountaineering - Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Mt Baker Skills and Climb
  • Denali Prep Course
  • Avalanche Training - AIARE 1
  • Outdoor Rock Climbing - Intensive Introduction
  • Learn to Lead - Trad Rock Climbing Leadership
  • Technical Rope Rescue Level 1 - Operations
  • Technical Rope Rescue Level II - Technician
  • Technical Rope Rescue Comprehensive

Use the discount or promotion code: "Earth Treks Member" or "Planet Granite Member" when you're checking out to snag your 10% savings.

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Outdoor Clubs

The Mountaineering Section of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC-MS)

PATC-MS is the premiere mountaineering, rock, and ice climbing club in the greater DC area. On any given day you can find PATC-MS members at the local crags or gyms. Since 1937 the club has provided a positive community for climbers of all levels to learn, grow, and thrive on vertical terrain. Members have access to informal training and mentorship, partially subsidized trips to local and distant destinations, conservation opportunities, access to the club gear closet, and eligibility for club grant programs. Join us and get on belay!

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American Alpine Club (AAC)

AAC's mission is to share and support our passion for climbing and respect for the places we climb.

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Outdoor Advocacy Groups

Mid Atlantic Climbers (MAC)

MAC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving access to climbing areas in the Mid-Atlantic region, while promoting responsible climbing and environmental stewardship. MAC serves as a liaison between the climbing community and the public and private land managers of the climbing areas in our region. There are tons of fantastic after-work crags and awesome weekend spots in the mid-atlantic, and it’s our mission to look out for them.

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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.


*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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