Our guides are experts at customizing experiences for our guests. A day of private guiding could include lots of mileage, learning, or a combination of both. It’s your day; make the most of it by letting us know your goals ahead of time. Your guide will take that information and create a memorable custom climbing experience.
Hiring a private guide has many advantages:
*All necessary equipment is provided. If you have your own equipment and wish to use it, you may do so after your guide has determined its safety and suitability.
Seneca has major walls facing in all four compass directions, many of which can only be accessed by other climbs or small ledge systems. This complicated vertical environment can make hiring a private guide attractive even to the most experienced climber. Your guide will have a wealth of local knowledge, allowing you to get a memorable high-mileage day.
Whether you want to bag your first technical summit or second the harder lines of Seneca, our guides can give you what you need. We recommend private guiding for:
At Seneca Rocks, our ratio for private guiding is up to 3 people per guide.
Seneca Rocks Climbing School has access to one of the other great climbing areas of the North Fork Valley, Nelson Rocks. Nelson is managed by NROCKS Outdoor Adventures, a private company that operates a Via Ferrata and Canopy Tour on the property. Nelson has the same high quality Tuscarora Sandstone as Seneca but at Nelson Rocks, the geology has presented as two parallel fins instead of one. Both fins are over two hundred feet tall and offer an excellent opportunity for single-pitch and multi-pitch climbing.
Some classics at Nelson Rocks include: Mr. Bigglesworth (5.4), E-Z Wider (5.6), Sidwell (5.6), Tommy T (5.6), Sticky Fingers (5.7), Diamonds are Forever (5.7), Shaken not Stirred (5.8), Sorry Howard (5.9), Crescendo (5.10a), and Stone Gallows (5.10b). Our normal Private Guiding rates apply for most climbs at Nelson Rocks.
We also guide Millenium (III 5.7).
In Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland, Eric Horst said: “Nelson also features West Virginia’s longest climb, Millennium (5.7), a nine pitch, 1000-foot, rising traverse of the east face of the west fin.” The Millennium Traverse makes for a long, fun day out. Note that Millennium is a grade III route, meaning that the climb will take most of the day to complete and efficiency is important. For that reason, we require anyone interested in climbing this classic to have solid multi-pitch seconding experience. Individuals who have taken one of the SRCS courses or have at least several days of multi-pitch seconding (with or without a guide) will be prepared for Millennium. Because of the long nature of this climb, Seneca Rocks Climbing School will not take more than two guests per guide on the Millennium Traverse; charges are slightly more than the usual private guiding rates.
Our guiding ratios at Nelson Rocks vary from 2-6 students per guide.
Elizabeth Furnace offers a closer alternative if you’re coming in from the DC Metro area. Located near Front Royal, Virginia, it offers two distinct and vastly different features: Talking Head wall and Buzzard Rocks. Both areas have easy to moderate climbing routes and are good for group or family climbs.
Seneca Rocks Climbing School has been around for a long time, so we have experience and partnerships in many areas around the country.
If you’re interested in venturing further out give us a call to discuss your plans!
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Our courses are available 7 days a week, from mid-March to mid-November.
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