Specialty Rock Climbing Courses

Climbing & Mountain-Related Safety Resources

Two-Day Top-Rope Set-Up and Belay Anchors 

A little rusty on how to safely set-up a Top-Rope Anchor, or want to take your climbing to the next level by moving outside the gym and onto real rock on your own? This 2-day course introduces you to the complexities of setting up and evaluating an anchor suitable for top-rope climbing outside. You will learn how to safely access the cliff edge, build anchors using natural and bolted anchors, and any combination of the two. You will also learn when it is appropriate to build and use a belay anchor.



Two-Day Intro to Traditional Climbing Clinic 

Tired of clipping bolts on lead and ready to add some excitement to your climbing? Or is there some ultra-classic climb you really want to do but it requires an understanding of traditional protection in order to climb it safely? This 2-day clinic introduces you to the complexities of active and passive protection for rock climbing.
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Intro to Multi-Pitch Overnight Weekend

We at Petra Cliffs look forward to sharing this experience with our guest while visiting some of our favorite northeast climbing destinations.  Come climb, camp and see all that these amazing destination have to offer! Petra Cliffs Mountaineering School is excited to be able to offer these climbing opportunities to our clients. All weekend Climbing Adventures are led by Petra Cliffs Guides that hold AMGA Rock Guide Certification and have extensive climbing and guiding experience in these areas. All multi pitch programs are run a maximum 2:1 so space and dates are limited so call to sign up today!

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AIARE Avalanche Courses

Read more about the American Institute for Avalanche Research & Education from the AIARE website

AIARE Level 1 Course

Petra Cliffs Mountaineering School will teach you the basics of avoiding avalanches including route selection, evaluating avalanche potential and rescue procedures. This stand alone course is a must for skiers, snowboarders, climbers & backcountry enthusiasts. The Level 1 Course provides a complete introduction to the avalanche occurrence, avalanche terrain, decision-making, and rescue. It is an ideal first course for those new to travel in avalanche terrain and a great review or upgrade for anyone who has some experience or prior training but feels they need a skills "tune-up." The Level 1 Course is designed to lead into the AIARE Level 2 Courses.
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AIARE Avalanche Rescue

AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a one-day stand alone course that is intended to be retaken on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of best practices in rescue techniques and gear. New participants will learn the basics of companion rescue, while return participants will expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice to help improve their skills after the course.Each participant will have the opportunity to receive professional coaching their rescue skills and will receive a rescue card acknowledging completion date at course end.

AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a prerequisite for the AIARE 2 and Pro 1 courses. AIARE recommends that all backcountry travelers keep their skills current by taking an Avalanche Rescue Course and receiving a rescue card at least every other year.

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AIARE 2: Analyzing Snow Stability and Avalanche Hazard

In the past the AIARE 2 was designed to be an entry level professional course. As of 2017, the redesigned AIARE 2 is designed specifically to meet the needs of advanced recreational students who have taken an AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue class.

Course Description

The AIARE 2 is a three-day/24-hour course that provides backcountry travelers an opportunity to advance their decision making skills in more complicated situations such as being a leader within a small travel group, traveling in more complicated terrain, and/or developing a travel plan where online resources are scarce.

The AIARE 2 builds on the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the AIARE 1 and adds to it the evaluation of critical hazard assessment factors. Students will describe and discuss weather, snowpack and avalanche processes, and identify how these processes relate to observations and travel within avalanche terrain.

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Ski Specialty Education Courses

Two-Day Ski Mountaineering Clinic, Mt. Washington NH

Highlighted in Skiing Magazine as one of the best clinics to learn steep skiing techniques!
This two-day course is for expert skiers who wish to explore terrain steeper than the black diamond trails at the resort and take their skills to the wilds of the backcountry.  This course utilizes the world-famous Mount Washington’s Gulf of Slides and Tuckerman Ravine to amplify what you are capable of accomplishing on skis.  Join us as we refine your terrain selection and teach you the techniques to mitigate steep terrain.  Over the two days we help find your limit and then show you how to push beyond.  Learn form our guides experience about their risk assessment, define hazards and work through their decision making process.
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American Mountain Guides Association Courses

Climbing Wall Instructor Program

The Climbing Wall Instructor Program (CWI) was introduced in 2007 to certify professionals who teach in an indoor or artificial wall environment. It aims to increase the level of professionalism in indoor climbing and to improve the level of climbing wall instruction, to develop a more consistent standard of care for climbing instructors in the US, to evaluate the skills of climbing instructors in the US, and to provide guidance for further professional development. There are two certification levels:

  • AMGA CWI Top Rope
  • AMGA CWI Lead

This course addresses the basic technical skills necessary to manage an instructional program at a climbing facility. The course length is a minimum of 20 hours of instruction, skills demonstration, and evaluation, typically run over 2.5 days. Certification and AMGA membership lasts for three years. After three years current CWI’s can re-take a one-day reassessment to regain the CWI certification.
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Wilderness Medicine Courses

Petra Cliffs is an advocate for those who work and play in the outdoors to seek wilderness medical training. We highly recommend the Saint Michael's College Wilderness Program and SOLO, who offer Wilderness First Aid (WFA), Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and for those who need to keep current, Wilderness First Responder review. Other organizations in our area offer courses and can be found at the link below. 

For more information about the Saint Michael's College Wilderness Program click here

For more information about SOLO or WFA, WFR, WFR click here