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Additional info for seasoned rock climbers:Rock Climbing: There are many challenging climbs for beginner, intermediate and advanced climbers. Basic climbs start at 5.4 / 5.5 level of difficulty and range to 5.11. In climbing terms, a 5.4 is like climbing a ladder with easy holds. 5.5 & 5.6 are slightly more difficult with easy holds but more difficult spacing, Intermediate climbers will find 5.7 & 5.8 sections with slightly harder holds and more difficult spacing. The biggest difference is that technique becomes more important and the moves become more sequential / unpredictable.
Advanced climbers will find 5.9 to 5.11 routes with more difficult holds and further spacing requiring even greater strength, knowledge, experience, flexibility and technique. Our climbing treks start at 2.5 hours. For the beginner, the Hocking State Forest Rappelling and Climbing area offers a convenient location and an excellent opportunity to be introduced to top rope climbing. Our expert guides work closely with you to understand your skill level and desired challenge. They'll design a climbing experience that you'll remember forever. Beginners usually make about 4 climbs that can reach up to 40'. Beginners start at a 5.4 level of difficulty and often reach 5.6 or 5.7. Athletic first timers may reach a 5.8 or 5.9 level of difficulty.
For advanced climbers, you'll be surprised by the challenge and skill development opportunity that Hocking HIlls Black Hand sandstone presents. Our local climbing area is convenient and surrounded by lots of other fun things to do. You'll love finding your own way to complete the most challenging routes. Holds can be softer in some places and the footwork is more challenging than West Virginia or Kentucky. The wide variety of erosion styles presents great opportunities for learning hold selection. One unique feature you'll find is honeycombing. It's interesting to look at and presents some pretty cool challenges that can help further your climbing experience.
The highest climbs are in the 80' range although most local experts spend their time in the 40' range practicing advanced technical climbs. All climbs are top rope No one is asked or forced to do anything that they're not comfortable with. Anyone with a passion to take on challenges and new heights is welcome. You don't need to be an athlete or an expert to climb and descend these great rocks! At the end of the day you'll be surprised by this hidden gem and look forward to returning time and again.
All rock climbing and rappelling services are provided by Hocking Hills Adventure Guides LLC.
Welcome to Hocking Hills Adventure Trek We're a Trek Network company offering professionally guided rock climbing and rappelling, belly boat fishing, archery, naturalist led edible forest hikes, artist led activities and team building events in the Hocking Hills and across Ohio. Founded in 2011, our guides are far and away the most experienced in the business. Explore the Hocking State Forest with us and you'll discover hidden caves and waterfalls that you're free to return to forever! Our lead rock climbing and rappelling guides are certified American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) Single Pitch Instructors (SPIs).
All reservations are considered firm bookings. We don't cancel or reschedule based on a weather forecast. Customer cancellations greater than 14 days in advance will be charged a 20% booking fee. Customer cancellations between 14 days and 72 hours prior to the originally scheduled event time will be charged a 50% booking fee. Customers cancelling within 72 hours of the reservation time will be charged 100% of original cost.
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2.5 hour Intro to Rock Climbing $85 per person (min 2) kids ok when to climb when parent or guardian observes
2.5 hour intro to Rappelling, 3 rappels of 35', 50' and 90', $85 per person (min 2) kids ok to rappel when parent or guardian observes
4 hour rock climbing and rappelling combo (min 2) $170 per person, includes intro to rock climb plus separate rappels
4 hour Rappel THE BIG ONE, 4 rappels, 25', 50', 90' + 115' waterfall rappel (min 2) $195 per person
5 hour rock climbing and rappel combo w/Big Spring Waterfall Rappel (min 2) $245 per person, rappel 25', 50', 90' & 115' waterfall rappel
4 hour rock climbing trek for intermediate and advanced climbers (min 2) $170 per person
Selecting a professional rock climbing or rappelling guide is an important decision. Climb and rappel with Hocking Hills Adventure Trek because:
GUIDELINES FOR KIDS
There's no specific age limit and kids are welcome. Based on our experience kids as young as 6 years old do quite well rock climbing and kids as young as 10 or 11 do well rappelling. When it comes to rappelling the 115' waterfall we suggest age 14 and older. Please give us a call to discuss. The climbing method we use is "Top Roping" which means that climbers start at ground level and climb up. While you climb, the guide has you "on belay" meaning, there's a rope connected to your harness that runs up through a carabiner and back down into the guide's hands. As you climb the guide takes in slack.
Each child must have a parent present. For kids and adults, all equipment is provided including rock climbing shoes, adjustable harnesses, helmet, ropes, rappel devices and gloves (for rappelling). Wear comfortable clothing, nothing loose fitting. Proper footwear is closed-toed shoes suitable for hiking. Yoga pants are fine just not short shorts, Long hair needs to be tied back. Participant's, maximum weight is 250 lbs with a waist size 40" or less.Complete details on where to meet and what at to bring and wear are provided when you make your reservation.
Regardless of whether you've spent some time on an indoor climbing wall or never tried anything like this, we'll match you with a great guide, provide all the gear and instruction needed and help you learn proper rock climbing or rappelling technique. Call 740.777.2579 to book your trek today.
We lead rock climbing treks in Hocking, Dayton, Springfield, Cleveland & Columbus
We're also the only company in Ohio offering outdoor climbing treks on real rocks across Ohio. Our treks include the Hocking State Forest, Cincinnati / Dayton at John Bryan State Park near Yellow Springs, Whipps Ledges in Cleveland and at Columbus MetroParks Audubon Climbing wall in downtown Columbus. A fifth location, Mad River Gorge, near Springfield, Ohio opens May 21st, 2017.
EachEach location has different options and guidelines. Call 740.777.2579 for more info.
The Hocking Hills State Forest rock climbing and rappelling area includes a rock face that stretches approximately 3/4 of a mile with heights ranging of from 10' to 120'. This area is offers a stunning combination of geology, biology, wildlife and water falls. The scenery is unparalleled in Ohio and the designated climbing and rappelling area presents a multitude of opportunities for beginner, intermediate and advanced rock enthusiasts. Get introduced to rock climbing and rappelling as an adventure hobby or work on improving your climbing skills!
On the day of your trek, our guides will walk you through the basics of equipment, setup, technique and safety. You'll be surprised by the beauty of the landscape and marvel at your achievements.
HOCKING STATE FOREST ROCK CLIMBING TREKS
This 2.5-hour trek and climb is really popular. You'll climb real Ohio rocks with our professional guides that teach climbing technique and belay using the top roping method. You'll start out climbing 20' to 40' with most visitors topping out and feeling like they're accomplished something they never expected possible.
You don't need to be an expert or an athlete to climb and descend these cliffs. We supply the equipment — helmets, ropes, climbing shoes and harnesses. The focus is on introducing participants to rock climbing techniques. Participants will take turns climbing with a guide. Actual climbing time will vary based on individual strength, desire and level of understanding. Beginner, intermediate and advanced routes are available at our guide's discretion. You only need to bring your sense of adventure. Groups are welcome and additional climbing hours are easily arranged. Participant's, maximum weight is 250 lbs with a waist size 40" or less.
For mainstream climbers, rappelling is simply "the way down". For adventurous thrill seekers and first time visitors to the Hocking Hills it's an adrenaline rush unlike anything else. On the day of your rappelling trek, our guides will walk you through the basics of safety, equipment, setup, technique and use of rappel devices. Beginners are taught basic setup, technique and use of rappel devices. Rappelling in the Hocking State Forest is a regulated activity. We're the only company in Ohio with a permit to offer commercial, guided rock climbing and rappelling services in the Hocking State Forest. No one is asked to do anything that they're not comfortable with. You don't need to be an athlete or an expert to rappel these great rocks.
Let gravity do the work! Our Hocking Hills rappelling trek is for adrenaline junkies that just want to experience an awesome array of geology, biology, ropes and waterfalls. We offer the Hocking Hills rappelling trek in two variations including a 4 hour option and a 5 1/2 hour option. Available year-round.
>>Group intro to climbing ~ 2 1/2 to 4 hour intro to rock climbing
The length of the trek can vary based on group size.
Groups of up to 30 people are welcome
Add On Segments
>>Customize your trek by adding segments like:
Rappelling, add higher rappels of 50' and 80' and rappel a 115' waterfall
Naturalist led hikes
Edible forest presentations
Native American history and living history presentations
2) >> 2.5 to 3 hour introduction to rappelling trek
$85/person for the first 2 people (minimum 2)
If it's just the kids climbing a parent must come along to watch (no charge)
3) >> 4 hour rock climb & rappel combo
Learn rock climbing and rappelling technique, available year-round
Professional guides trained by the American Mountain Guide Association
4) 4 hour intro to rappelling with Big Spring waterfall rappel
You'll do everything included in the 2.5 hour rappelling trek above and add THE BIG ONE, a breathtaking 115' rappel at Big Spring. This final rappel is a dramatic 115' descend that most people say is life changing.
5) 5 hour climb & rappel combo + 115' waterfall
6) 4 hour rock climb for intermediate and advanced climbers
All rock climbing and rappelling treks are provided by Hocking Hills Adventure Guides LLC.