Local bouldering and some small top rope sites are available within 20 minutes of the Garrett campus but for "real climbing" you have to travel a little. Fortunately within 3 hours of campus we have 2 of the premiere climbing areas of the east coast, Seneca Rocks and the New River Gorge. Below are some resources climbers might find useful for researching climbing areas and building their equipment inventory. Climb safely.
Climbing Site Information:
Popular top rope climbing site used for our introductory courses. Located 45 miles west of Garrett off I-68.
- Cooper's Rock Foundation (http://www.coopersrock.org/)
- Cooper's Rock State Forest (http://www.coopersrockstateforest.com
Multipitch climbing area, located 2 hours south of Garrett in the Monongahela National forest.
- Monongahela National Forest - Seneca Rocks Unit
- Seneca Rocks Mountain Guides
Home of the Via Ferrata and lots of sport routes (many set by our former students), entrance fee. Located 2.5 hours south near Franklin, WV.
- Nelson Rocks
New River Gorge and Summersville Lake:
The gorge offers many multi-pitch areas spread out over 30 miles of canyon protected in a national park. Summersville Lake 20 miles before reaching the NR Gorge offers many sport routes some of which require belaying from a boat. Both are a conservative 4 hours south of Garrett via I-79S and US 19 near Fayetteville, WV.
- New River Gorge National River - Climbing
General Climbing Site Resources:
- The Climbing Sources
- The Mountain Zone
- Rock Climbing.com http://www.rockclimbing.com
- Supertopo http://www.supertop.com
- Black Diamond
- Climb High
- American Alpine Club
- American Mountain Guide Association
- The Access Fund
- The International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA)
- Professional Climbing Instructors' Association http://pcia.us/newpro/
- Professional Climbing Guides Institute http://www.climbingguideinstitute.org