Rock Climbing Programs


Gym to Crag

Real rock offers real challenges! Move beyond gym climbing onto the authentic element. Experience the basics of rock climbing in a no-pressure and fun-filled atmosphere. You will learn climbing knots, belay, and climbing techniques. We provide expert instruction and guidance so that all you need to do is climb, climb, climb!
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Intermediate Rock Climbing Technique

Rock climbing takes more than a buff upper body. It requires flexibility, balance and gracefulness. Fine- tuning your body movements will open up a whole new world of climbing. Learn in one day what would take you a whole season to learn by trial and error.  This course is intended for experienced indoor climbers or folks with previous outdoor experience.
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Women Rock!

It has nothing to do with being anti-man, only everything to do with being pro-woman! Spend a day rock climbing with Andrea Charest, (co owner of Petra Cliffs and Certified BA). Learn tips and techniques that will work for a female body. Open to all women of all abilities.
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Bouldering 101

Quick, powerful movements using strength and agility define bouldering. Smugglers Notch, Vermont is an unlimited playground for this growing sport and the classroom for this clinic. Build strength, endurance, and route reading skills during this clinic as the locals show you around.
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Family Climbing Day 

Spend a day sharing an exciting and challenging experience. Let us expose your family to the thrill of rock climbing and some of the most spectacular views in the area. Price includes a guide and equipment for one Adult and Child pair. 
Ages 6+

Smugglers Notch, VT

Looking to take your skill to the next level and into some multi-pitch terrain? Consider climbing in one of Vermont's most scenic State Parks, Smugglers' Notch! Smuggs is full of rock climbs and lacks the crowds you bump into at more popular crags. You will spend the day learning the language of easy transitions and fast and efficient techniques for multi-pitch climbing. Come get a couple hundred feet off the deck with us and enjoy some of the stellar classic routes of the Notch!
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Cannon Cliff, NH

Looking to expand your climbing to new heights? Consider coming to one of New England's tallest cliffs with us, Cannon Cliff! Located just over the border in New Hampshire and only a 2 hour drive from Burlington, Cannon offers some of the longest climbs anywhere on the East and is sure to give you that 'Alpine' feel.
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Adirondack Rock, NY

The Adirondack Park is roughly the size of New Hampshire and offers a lifetime of rock climbing ascents. Join Petra Cliffs Certified NY guides as they take you on a tour of New York's finest rock. Short approaches and more rock per-square foot than almost anywhere in the northeast, means more time on the rock and less bushwacking, allowing you to log more vertical. Let our guides show you their favorite places to climb in the northeast!
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Rumney, NH

Rumney is one of the premier sport climbing destinations in the country. Numerous crags dot the hillside of Rattlesnake Mountain above the town of Rumney, New Hampshire. Each crag is distinct in character but similar in rock type: schist. From 5.3 to 5.15a, the visiting climber can surely find a challenging and engaging route.
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Cathedral and Whitehorse, NH 

Known to some as the epicenter of Northeast trad climbing. Cathedral Ledge has a long history with climbing and is littered with classic climbs all over the cliff at every grade. Home to great quality granite, Cathedral Ledge has something for everyone. From single pitch and top-rope-able routes to longer multi-pitch climbs with spectacular views. From thin face climbs and perfect hand cracks to everything in between.
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Courses generally run from 9am - 4pm unless otherwise noted.  Please call Petra Cliffs to reserve your space in an open enrollment clinic or to book a day of private instruction.  We want to speak with you to ensure you are getting to program you are looking for.  E-mailing us is fine to check on dates and gather information, but your reservation will be confirmed when we speak with you in person. Thank you!