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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.
Far and away the most experienced guides in the Hocking Hills
Rappel Big Spring Waterfall at 115', it's truly awe inspiring
Rappel real cliffs, go rock climbing or combine them to do both
$365 for up to 2 participants | Additional participants = $150 each
CALL 740.777.2579 TO MAKE ANY COMBO BOOKING
HOCKING STATE FOREST ROCK CLIMBING AND RAPPELLING TREKS
Both are popular, unique and can be done as separate events or combined together. You don't need to be an expert or an athlete to climb and descend these cliffs. Our guides provide everything including instruction, helmets, ropes, climbing shoes and harnesses. The focus is on safely introducing participants to adventure and technique. Participants take turns within their own group and climb or rappel with a guide who is hands on for everything. 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.
GUIDELINES FOR KIDS AND ADULTS
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 9, 10, 11 or 12 do well rappelling. 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. Just give us a call at 740.777.2579 if you'd like to ask questions and learn about options before you make your booking. There's no cost for parents or friends to come along and watch Each child must have a parent or guardian present.
HOCKING HILLS ROCK CLIMBING DESCRIPTION
The climbing method we use is called top roping. This means that climber starts at ground level and climbs 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. 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.
There are lots of beginner routes that start out similar to climbing a ladder and become more challenging as your skills grow. Beginner and intermediate routes are side by side so groups with varied levels of strength or skill can stay together and enjoy the day. In rock climbing terms, the scale or rating system for level of difficulty in the Hocking Hills starts at 5.4 / 5.5 and reaches 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.
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.
HOCKING HILLS RAPPELLING
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.
Typical start times are 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. If you need a different start time just let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate your schedule. Check your confirmation for start time and plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early.
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