Beginner Climbing Course

Our Comprehensive Basic sets the standard for beginner climbing  courses.

Hands-on learning.

This beginner climbing course gives students a very solid foundation to begin exploring the amazing sport of rock climbing. It is intended for those with little or no climbing experience.

Students learn proper techniques as they relate to top rope and multi-pitch climbing, rappelling and belaying. Ample time is also devoted to learning the movement skills necessary to climb efficiently.

The information presented combined with the highest quality instruction and the beauty of Seneca Rocks makes for an amazing experience.

This course covers in detail:

  • Tying basic knots
  • Building simple ground anchors
  • Belaying another climber either on top rope or on lead
  • Removing artificial protection while seconding a leader
  • Connecting yourself to a multi-pitch anchor
  • Breaking down an anchor
  • Moving in a multi-pitch environment
  • Safely rappelling
Cost$325 for 2 days, $425 for 3 days.
DatesCourses begin every Sat and Tues, April through October. Call for special date requests.
Class SizeMinimum 1, Maximum 3 per Instructor.
DiscountsSee Rates and Discounts.
Ages14 and Up. Call us for age restrictions.
Times8:30 am on the porch.

Detailed Course Itinerary

On the first day you will learn modern belay techniques.This is a general description of our Comprehensive Basic.  We routinely customize courses based on our clients’ needs and wishes.  If you don’t see a technique or skill that you would like to learn, contact us…chances are we can make it happen.

Day 1

The first day focuses on fundamentals. Students are introduced to basic climbing equipment and their properties, basic knots, simple anchors, voice commands, belay techniques, top rope climbing, movement skills and rappel techniques. After a full day of practicing these new skills, students will participate in a flat land demonstration of multi-pitch concepts to prepare them for day two. When time allows students often end the day by seconding the instructor up a traditionally protected climb and rappelling down.


Day 2Rapelling with the assistance of an instructor belay.

Students get to try their hand at multi-pitch climbing and seconding skills. This includes removing artificial “chocks” and “cams”, personal anchoring techniques, additional safety concerns and evaluation. The amount of multi-pitch climbing depends on the ability and interest of the students but many groups climb to the South Peak of Seneca to experience a true technical summit.

Day 3

Putting together all of the skills for a summit run.During the third day there’s time to cement skills through further practice. Students have time to experience a different position on the rope team. Often students begin learning the basics of top-rope anchor construction.

This course is also offered in an abbreviated two day version. Please note –  the enormous amount of information to be learned is best suited to a three day course. Seneca Rocks Climbing School – Comprehensive Basic Class

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Need Gear?  Check out The Gendarme climbing shop!  We can ship it to you, or you can pick it up when you arrive for your course.