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Welcome to the Petra Cliffs Mountaineering School!

Offering the finest in Rock, Ice, Ski and Mountain Climbing Instruction in New England, the Adirondacks, and around the globe

Go farther with mountain adventure. Learn new skills to make you a safer and more efficient climber or skier, or take part in coursework to further your education as an Instructor or Guide.

Our expert guides will provide a fun yet challenging learning experience tailored specifically to your goals.  Whether it is your first day with a harness on, a day climbing some classic ‘Dacks routes or learning to lead steep ice, Petra Cliffs offers a complete outdoor instruction curriculum, catering to groups of all sizes and to individuals of all ages and abilities. Petra Cliffs guides hold experience and certifications through organizations such as the AMGA, AIARE, NOLS, ACA, and have a minimum of Wilderness First Responder & CPR certifications.

Private Instruction is preferable for small groups of friends, or for those who wish to maximize their learning opportunities through an instructor’s individualized attention. Open enrollment courses are a great option for students who wish to work on specific skills and meet other climbers. 

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Please register at least ten days in advance of any program. While we will do our best to accommodate last minute requests, space and guides are limited. You may register online, by phone, or in person at our Climbing Center. Payment in full is required to reserve your spot. We accept cash, checks, debit and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, and Discover).

Upon registration you will be emailed a Booking Confirmation that will include an equipment list, an Outdoor Waiver and a Health History Form. The forms must be filled out prior to the program. Outdoor program forms and FAQ's can also be found HERE.

Outdoor Liability Waiver

Please complete the Outdoor Waiver and Health History Form linked in your emailed Booking Confirmation. If you do not see a booking confirmation, check spam or junk folders. Contact Us if you cannot locate it. 

Cancellation Policy

If for any reason you must cancel your registration, you will receive a full refund if cancellation occurs up to two weeks before the program start date. If cancellation occurs less than two weeks before the start of the program, you can either receive a refund for 50% of the payment (minus an administrative fee, if applicable) or reschedule for a different date ($50 reschedule fee). If cancellation occurs less than 48 hours before the start of your program, or if you do not show up on the day of the course, full payment will be forfeited. This cancellation policy is in place to ensure that we can guarantee consistent work and pay for our guides. See our FAQ's page for more information.

Want help getting started or designing your day of private guiding? Fill out the outdoor program inquiry form below:

Outdoor Inquiry

Outdoor Inquiry

The most efficient way to book an Outdoor Program is to directly book your date online at However, if you do not see the date you are looking for, or if you have questions before booking, please proceed with this contact form. Thank you!
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