Courses | Private Guiding
Our guides are experts at customizing experiences for our guests. A day of private guiding could include lots of mileage, learning, or a combination of both. It’s your day; make the most of it by letting us know your goals ahead of time. Your guide will take that information and create a memorable custom climbing experience.
Hiring a private guide has many advantages:
- One-on-one instruction so you can move at your own pace.
- Customized courses to address only what you want or need.
- A climbing partner totally dialed in on all aspects of climbing so you can:
- maximize your mileage
- climb the classics
- push the limits of your abilities
*All necessary equipment is provided. If you have your own equipment and wish to use it, you may do so after your guide has determined its safety and suitability.
Seneca has major walls facing in all four compass directions, many of which can only be accessed by other climbs or small ledge systems. This complicated vertical environment can make hiring a private guide attractive even to the most experienced climber. Your guide will have a wealth of local knowledge, allowing you to get a memorable high-mileage day.
Whether you want to bag your first technical summit or second the harder lines of Seneca, our guides can give you what you need. We recommend private guiding for:
- Experienced climbers who are unfamiliar with Seneca and want to hit the classics
- Experienced climbers who have a dream route at Seneca that is beyond their lead ability
- Less experienced climbers who want to climb some multi-pitch
- Climbers looking for customized, one-on-one instruction
At Seneca Rocks, our ratio for private guiding is up to 3 people per guide.
Seneca Rocks Climbing School has access to one of the other great climbing areas of the North Fork Valley, Nelson Rocks. Nelson is managed by NROCKS Outdoor Adventures, a private company that operates a Via Ferrata and Canopy Tour on the property. Nelson has the same high quality Tuscarora Sandstone as Seneca but at Nelson Rocks, the geology has presented as two parallel fins instead of one. Both fins are over two hundred feet tall and offer an excellent opportunity for single-pitch and multi-pitch climbing.
Some classics at Nelson Rocks include: Mr. Bigglesworth (5.4), E-Z Wider (5.6), Sidwell (5.6), Tommy T (5.6), Sticky Fingers (5.7), Diamonds are Forever (5.7), Shaken not Stirred (5.8), Sorry Howard (5.9), Crescendo (5.10a), and Stone Gallows (5.10b). Our normal Private Guiding rates apply for most climbs at Nelson Rocks.
We also guide Millenium (III 5.7).
In Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland, Eric Horst said: “Nelson also features West Virginia’s longest climb, Millennium (5.7), a nine pitch, 1000-foot, rising traverse of the east face of the west fin.” The Millennium Traverse makes for a long, fun day out. Note that Millennium is a grade III route, meaning that the climb will take most of the day to complete and efficiency is important. For that reason, we require anyone interested in climbing this classic to have solid multi-pitch seconding experience. Individuals who have taken one of the SRCS courses or have at least several days of multi-pitch seconding (with or without a guide) will be prepared for Millennium. Because of the long nature of this climb, Seneca Rocks Climbing School will not take more than two guests per guide on the Millennium Traverse; charges are slightly more than the usual private guiding rates.
Our guiding ratios at Nelson Rocks vary from 2-6 students per guide.
George Washington National Forest
Elizabeth Furnace offers a closer alternative if you’re coming in from the DC Metro area. Located near Front Royal, Virginia, it offers two distinct and vastly different features: Talking Head wall and Buzzard Rocks. Both areas have easy to moderate climbing routes and are good for group or family climbs.
Seneca Rocks Climbing School has been around for a long time, so we have experience and partnerships in many areas around the country.
- To the south we have North Carolina’s Linville Gorge and Pisgah National Forest
- To the West we have Red Rocks, Nevada, and Joshua Tree NP, California.
If you’re interested in venturing further out give us a call to discuss your plans!
Rates & Dates
- 1 Day: $300
- 2 Days: $600
- 3 Days: $800
Book with a friend and save up to $200 a person!
- 1 Day: $200 (per person)
- 2 Days: $375 (per person)
- 3 Days: $500 (per person)
Register a full class of 3 and save up to $400 a person!
- 1 Day: $166 (per person)
- 2 Days: $300 (per person)
- 3 Days: $400 (per person)
Private guiding can be scheduled for any time.
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