Petra Cliffs Mountaineering School

Vermont's only Full-Time Climbing School, offering the finest in Rock, Ice, Ski and Mountain Climbing Instruction in New England, the Adirondacks, and around the globe

Have you ever wanted to go farther with mountain adventure? Do you want to learn new skills to make you a safer and more efficient climber or skier? 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 of climbing on some of the 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. Our courses can be taken on any day by private arrangement or in a class format during our scheduled open enrollment courses. Private lessons are 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 the least expensive option for students who wish to work on specific skills. Some of our courses require a very low student to instructor ratio and are only offered as private lessons.

Our guides hold experience and certifications through organizations such as the AMGA, AIARE, NOLS, ACA, and a minimum of Wilderness First Responder & CPR certifications.


Please register at least ten days in advance of any program. While we will do our best to accommodate last minute requests, space is limited. You may register 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 given or sent a welcome packet that will include an equipment list, a liability form and a health questionnaire. The forms must be filled out and sent back to Petra Cliffs before the program.

Cancellation Policy

If for any reason, you must cancel your registration, you will receive a full refund only if cancellation occurs up to seven days prior to the program start date. If you cancel less than seven days before the start of the program, we will refund 50% of your payment, or transfer your full payment to another program date. If we are forced to cancel due to dangerous weather, you will be given a full refund.