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Remote Wilderness Walls to Classic Roadside Crags…

Climbing in the Adirondacks is addicting!

Ranging from remote wilderness walls to classic roadside crags, the Park offers a smorgasbord of mountaineering adventures. Since 1988 Rock and River has introduced over 20,000 clients to the joy and beauty of climbing in this very special region. When choosing Rock and River, you’ll find:

  • Friendly, experienced guides, most having guided here for over 10 years and all sporting a perfect safety record,
  • A customer-oriented business philosophy that puts the clients’ needs first,
  • A fair and affordable fee scale that allows access to professional instruction for families and working class individuals,
  • People that care passionately about the region, their chosen profession and the clients they work with day after day…

Our climbing program has evolved over the years. Throughout, we’ve noticed that clients have progressed much faster when hiring a private guide as opposed to learning through a course.

With this in mind, Private Guiding will be the program though which all clients (except for groups) will now register.

All guiding originates from our lodge unless other arrangements have been made. Clients are asked to be at Rock and River by 8:30 a.m. If needed, we provide all the technical gear, including rock shoes, harnesses, helmets and ropes. We also provide trail lunches for Private Guiding sessions.

All groups (4 or more individuals) that register under Group Instruction must provide their own lunches.

Because of our 30-foot indoor rock wall, most of our instructional sessions can be taught, rain or shine. We recommend loose clothing (sweats or shorts), sneakers, a rain shell, wool or pile sweater, day pack, water bottle and camera.