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We’ve partnered with some excellent guiding service organizations to get you the information and training you need to climb outside. As a bonus, Earth Treks members can get special discounts.

Seneca Rocks Mountain Guides (SRMG)

SRMG is one of the most respected guide services in the country with a more than 30-year history guiding at Seneca Rocks in West Virginia—and now, classes to build independent outdoor climbing skills for climbers in the DC area, from Intro to Outdoor Rock to Multi-Pitch and Trad foundations. Earth Treks is excited to partner with SRMG to bring these exclusive discounts and courses offerings.

Earth Treks Member Discounts

  • 10% off any seneca rocks mountain guide weekday 2- or 3-day course for 2 or more
  • 10% off private guiding for 2 or more on weekdays

Full class + trip schedule

Earth Treks Member Road Trip: Seneca Rocks, WV

All roads lead to Seneca Rocks—the tallest peak on the East Coast only accessible through technical climbing. Unique fins of Tuscarora quartzite tower over a confluence of two rivers, offering spectacular multi-pitch climbing and breathtaking exposure that have called to climbers from all over the world since the 1940s. You’ll have the opportunity to build skills with a custom curriculum, or simply enjoy being expertly led up classic routes by the most experienced guides in the North Fork Valley. Get ready to stand on the summit of Seneca Rocks! This camping and climbing trip is open to all skill levels and includes:​


  • Camping at SRMG’s private creekside campground with full outdoor kitchen and amenities
  • Dinner Saturday night and breakfast Sunday morning
  • Two days of guided climbing

Dates (weekend class): May 22-23 | July 17-18 | September 11-12
Price:  $330
Ages: 11 +
Equipment provided: All rock climbing equipment included
Prerequisites: Belaying and top rope climbing experience

For more details or to book, visit their site, email Tom Cecil, or call anytime at 304-567-2115.

Earth Treks Member Road Trip: Nelson Rocks, WV

Learn to sport lead climb safely outside and you’ll be able to access thousands of crags and climbs around the world. Spend a full weekend immersed in the technical skills, climbing techniques, and outdoor climbing know-how you need need to lead climb and lead belay safely anywhere you go.

​This class is an SRMG exclusive, offered for the first time at a private sport crag designed for the effective instruction of hard-to-teach techniques—it’s a unique chance to learn essential skills in an environment that has all the nuanced challenges of real sport routes in a comfortable, focused setting. Lodging and activities for non-climbers are available on-site at Nelson Rocks; contact us or check out their website for more details. You’ll learn:​

  • The mechanics of lead climbing and belaying outdoors, including hanging draws, clipping, and taking and catching falls;
  • Essential technical skills for outdoor sport climbing, including cleaning anchors, using a stick clip, and more;
  • Techniques for smooth, confident movement on outdoor sport routes, from route-reading and sequencing to climbing and resting techniques unique to real rock;
  • Crag etiquette, site safety, and management of the different objective hazards of outdoor vs indoor lead climbing.

There is no strict climbing ability limit for this class, but we suggest being able to toprope 5.8 outside to get the most out of the day. Some indoor lead experience is recommended but not required. Private camping at Nelson Rocks and group dinner/breakfast at SRMG base camp in Seneca Rocks is included.

Dates (weekend class): May 22-23 | July 17-18 | September 11-12
Price:  $330
Ages: 11 +
Equipment provided: All rock climbing equipment included
Prerequisites: Belaying and top rope climbing experience

For more details or to book, visit their site, email Tom Cecil or call anytime at 304-567-2115.

American Alpine Institute (AAI)

AAI is dedicated to helping climbers raise their skills, protect the environments in which they climb, develop good judgment, and safely gain access to the great mountains of the world. We’ve partnered up with AAI to save you a little money and get you stoked to learn beginner and advanced skills in rock, alpine, or winter pursuits! All Earth Treks and Planet Granite members will save 10% off any many programs including:

  • Alpinism 1 – Introduction to Mountaineering
  • Alpine Mountaineering and Technical Leadership, Part 1
  • Glacier Skills and Crevasse Rescue
  • Winter Mountaineering in the Sierra
  • Avalanche Training – AIARE 1
  • Outdoor Rock Climbing – Intensive Introduction
  • Learn to Lead – Trad Rock Climbing Leadership
  • Technical Rope Rescue
  • And more!

Use the discount or promotion code: “Earth Treks Member” or “Planet Granite Member” when you’re checking out to snag your 10% savings.

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Outdoor Clubs

The Mountaineering Section of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC-MS)

PATC-MS is the premiere mountaineering, rock, and ice climbing club in the greater DC area. On any given day you can find PATC-MS members at the local crags or gyms. Since 1937 the club has provided a positive community for climbers of all levels to learn, grow, and thrive on vertical terrain. Members have access to informal training and mentorship, partially subsidized trips to local and distant destinations, conservation opportunities, access to the club gear closet, and eligibility for club grant programs. Join us and get on belay!


American Alpine Club (AAC)

AAC’s mission is to share and support our passion for climbing and respect for the places we climb.


Outdoor Advocacy Groups

Mid Atlantic Climbers (MAC)

MAC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving access to climbing areas in the Mid-Atlantic region, while promoting responsible climbing and environmental stewardship. MAC serves as a liaison between the climbing community and the public and private land managers of the climbing areas in our region. There are tons of fantastic after-work crags and awesome weekend spots in the mid-atlantic, and it’s our mission to look out for them.

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