Learn to Rock Climb in New England

Learn to Rock Climb in New England

Come join us at Zoar Outdoor’s Rock Climbing School in partnership with Central Rock Gym of Hadley for expert technical instruction and classes in New England. Learn to rock climb from our friendly professional climbing instructors and gain confidence as you progress from a beginner to an experienced climber. Our location, within a short drive of several excellent climbing areas in Massachusetts, assures lots of time on the rock.

Our rock climbing classes are designed to help students learn to rock climb competently on their own. Our low group size (from 2 to 12) and low student-to-instructor ratio of 6-to-1 provides maximum learning and enjoyment for all students. Our rock climbing instructors are experienced climbers with a desire to pass their knowledge on to their students.

Challenge and an emphasis on safety characterize our approach to the exciting lifetime sport of rock climbing. Our programs emphasize top-rope climbing where the rope is anchored by the instructor at the top of each climb. Students learn to climb and belay (protect each other with the rope) as well as to move smoothly and with minimal effort on the rock.

Find your rock climbing adventure with Zoar Outdoor:

Additional Zoar Outdoor Rock Climbing FAQs

Class Size
Our clinics generally have 2 to 12 participants with a maximum student-to-instructor ratio of 6:1.
Meeting Time
8:30 am. The day usually finishes around 5:00 pm.
What To Bring and Wear
Loose fitting long or short pants. Sturdy shoes for the hike to the cliff. It is best to wear a layered clothing system, with wind/rain outer gear. Large daypack to carry personal belongings and group gear. All technical gear including helmets, shoes, and harnesses is provided for novice clinics. Intermediate clinic participants should bring their own climbing gear if they have it.
Transportation

We provide transportation on scheduled clinics. On custom clinics you may be asked to drive your own vehicle.

Minimum Ages

To best meet the needs of our students, both young and old, the minimum age on all of our adult clinics is fourteen.  

Underenrollment Surcharge
To go at the prices listed, we must have at least 2 students enrolled within 3 days of a clinic's start date. If only one person is enrolled in a clinic, he or she may pay the private rate or may choose to cancel or reschedule.
Weather

Rock climbing clinics go out even in light rain; be prepared for wet weather. Please bring extra layers of synthetic or wool clothing. Cotton clothing is not appropriate for wet weather, since it does not keep you warm when it gets wet. In the event of more challenging weather, the clinic may be moved to an indoor climbing gym. This decision will be made the morning of the clinic.