Rock Climbing and Rappelling

The New River Gorge region is one of the most popular rock climbing and rappelling destination in the eastern U.S. Rock climbers can choose from thousands of climbs along the rim of the New River Gorge, and rock climbing guides can be secured almost any time of year.
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New River Gorge: Rock Climbing and Rappelling

Guided rock climbing adventures, suitable for novice or advanced climbers, are offered by several rock climbing guide companies located in the New River Region.

Ace Adventure Center: Rock Climbing
P.O. Box 1168
Oak Hill, WV 25901
Tel: 304-469-2651 -- Toll Free: 1-888-ACE-RAFT


Ace's progressive building-block method introduces beginners to rock climbing from the ground up. Ace's beginner climbs are designed for the absolute beginner who has never been rock climbing and would like to sample the sport with minimum investment in time and gear. Fundamental-instruction courses open with the foundation skills needed to climb safely and with confidence. Intermediate courses extract the essence and adventure of climbing with multi-pitch climbs, and our advanced courses train climbers to lead and instruct others in the sport.

Class IV: Rock Climbing
Class VI
PO Box 78, Lansing WV 25862
Tel: (toll-free) 1-800-252-7784


Combine whitewater rafting through the gorge with a rock climbing adventure along its towering rim. One of the New River's oldest and most prestigious whitewater guide companies, Class VI can customize half-day and full-day climbing excursions with thrilling adventures on the rapids for one of the most exciting outdoor vacations you've ever experienced. Reserve your trip or find out more online.

Hard Rock Climbing Services
131 S. Court St.
Fayetteville, WV 25840
Tel: 304-574-0735


Hard Rock Climbing Services was the first climbing guide and outfitter service established in the New River Gorge and Summersville Lake region and continues to be its No.1 provider of climbing tours. We offer nine climbing courses ranging from an introductory half-day climbing and rappeling program to advanced studies of complex climbing problems for seasoned climbers. We now also offer full-day Boy Scout Merit Badge trips.

New River Mountain Guides
101 E. Wiseman Ave
Fayetteville, WV 25840
Tel. 304-574-3872 or Toll-Free: 1-800-73-CLIMB


Since 1994, our rock-climbing school and guide service in Fayetteville has introduced thousands to the fundamentals of climbing in a safe, highly professional way. Our classroom is the world-famous New River Gorge, one of the largest climbing areas in the U.S., home of bullet-hard sandstone cliffs that offer a tremendous variety of climbs in a stunning setting. We offer beginner's full-day and two-day courses, full-day or two-day intermediate courses, sports climbing and self-rescue clinics, and group clinics. Our shop, Water Stone Outdoors, carries complete lines of climbing equipment, climbing books, and area climbing maps found nowhere else. We also offer one of the nation's largest selections of climbing shoes, as well as sandals, hiking boots, and approach shoes.
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