Rock Climbing Program in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia


Follow Lester, an AMGA-certified instructor, to the wilderness of Shenandoah National Park and enjoy a rock climbing program in Virginia and the incomparable Blue Ridge Mountains.



1 Day

May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct




  • Take part in the historic geology of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Appalachians.
  • Learn vital techniques and skills from a certified guide with local knowledge.
  • Enjoy the unmatched beauty of Virginia’s wilderness in Shenandoah.


Take on the memorable mountains of Shenandoah National Park in all their splendor! Enjoy a personalized guided rock climbing program that features the geological masterpieces of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the natural scenery of Virginia!

The Appalachian Mountains are representative of the United States. Their wonder extends to each sub-range throughout the eastern United States. It makes sense then that the limestone and granite slabs of the Blue Ridge Mountains are replete with phenomenal routes and ascents for every level of rock climber. With easy access, remote charm, and awe-inspiring aesthetics, this region is the pride and joy of Virginia’s vast wilderness.

For outdoorsmen and climbers, there are few locations as iconic as Shenandoah for satisfying ascents. Trad and sport climbers alike flock to the park and its more than 150 routes to connect with its enchanting beauty and immaculate country. Bouldering fields abound, offering exciting routes of all difficulties. Rock climbers can expect graded climbs of 5.2 all the way through 5.12 and 5.13. There truly is something for everyone.

Our program immerses you in Shenandoah. We will meet along Skyline Drive at the Little Stony Man parking lot, thus providing access to many of the park’s immaculate courses. The Crackin (5.11d) at Old Rag and The Shield Direct (5.8) at Little Stony Man are classic trad routes, and Kopley’s Corner (5.7) at the Bent Tree Area is great for top roping. The choices are limitless, so you get to pick and choose the program that best suits your needs from a wide array of memorable routes.

The best part of your trip is its flexibility. Day-long programs allow ample opportunity to discover the region’s best climbs. Depending on your schedule and skills, we can even take a multi-day trip deep into the park and enjoy a personalized rock climbing adventure that explores every nook and cranny. I will design the trip around you, so whether you want to improve your climbing skills or pioneer an expedition into an exciting and challenging location, you will achieve your goals.

I take pride in my knowledge of Shenandoah and the surrounding countryside. My programs always emphasize safety and fun, ensuring you will have an enjoyable experience that encourages your passion for climbing. We will develop your skill set to prepare you for your next climbing adventure while taking in the epic scenery that is sure to leave a lasting impression.

This program is open to everyone. The desire to learn more about the sport and progress as a climber is the best basis for a successful trip. Let me know what you are looking for on your rock climbing adventure and I will accommodate your wishes to the best of my ability.

Book this rock climbing trip of a lifetime and discover the magic of Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia!

Strapped for time? No sweat! Join me for a half-day program exploring this illustrious rock so you don’t miss out on the fun!


Meeting point

We will meet at 8:30am at the Little Stony Man parking lot. It is located near Mile Post 39.


About the guide

I am an avid climber and backpacker who loves taking people outdoors. For more than 30 years, I have been leading wilderness adventures in my backyard here in Virginia and West Virginia.

In addition to being an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, I am also a certified member of the Professional Climbing Instructors' Association and a Wilderness First Responder. I have done cave rescue training with the National Cave Rescue Commission and am a proud member of the National Speleological Society.

I have published two editions of CLIMBING ROCKingham County, a guidebook of local crags around Harrisburg, VA. I also share my thoughts with fellow outdoor lovers and leaders via my quarterly newsletter "GUYdelines".

I very much enjoy working with young people and supporting the next generation of outdoor leaders.

Come and join me for a climb here in the Appalachians anytime. I look forward to showing you all of the best local spots!

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Prices per person, per day

Group of 1

USD 258 Each

Group of 2

USD 129 Each

Group of 3

USD 88 Each

Group of 4

USD 81 Each

Group of 5

USD 77 Each

Group of 6

USD 75 Each

Group of 7

USD 73 Each

Group of 8

USD 72 Each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

The prices listed are per person, per day.

The price includes the guiding fee.



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