Guided day climbs for individuals and groups in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Western North Carolina. When you book a guided day with ALPS we custom design a fun, safe, and exciting climbing and rappelling outing tailored specifically to your needs based on experience level, fitness and desired learning outcomes. This is by far the most popular type of booking and the ideal way to get the most out of a guided day whether you are trying climbing for the first time, are transitioning from gym climbing to outdoor climbing or are already an experiences climber.
Group size and guide to client ratios- For individuals and small groups(up to 5 people) we typically have one guide assigned to your group, for larger groups we will assign additional guides as needed to maintain a safe and effective client to guide ratio. When you contact us we’ll suggest the ideal client to guide ratio for your group. For multi-pitch climbs we guide at a one to one or one to two ratio only- This allows us to move efficiently and safely while offering an enjoyable experience for our clients.
ABOUT SAFETY From start to finish of every guided day, course or clinic our number one priority is the safety and wellbeing of our clients. ALL DECISIONS made by your guide during the course of the day must be followed as directed, immediately and without question. We are always happy to discuss, at an appropriate time, why any decisions were made but clients must understand and accept that you will be in an environment where changing conditions and unforeseen hazards may present themselves. Following instructions from your guide is essential to both client and guide safety. We have never experienced a client injury and our goal is to maintain that 100% safety record. We want you to have fun, learn and grow, but our primary job is to keep you safe. We will never sacrifice safety in the pursuit of a goal. If you believe that you are paying to get to the top of a mountain or by booking a guide that you will have control over the decision making process then we respectfully suggest you look elsewhere for a guide.
Courses and Clinics are designed for groups who share a common interest or learning outcome. The courses listed below are simply an outline of what is offered on the course, after consulting with our clients we can adjust course curriculums as needed. These courses typically run at no greater than a 6 to 1 client to guide ratio. Note: All the course below are also available on a one on one or low client to guide ratio. Contact us for more info.
Intro to Rock Climbing Is a great way for you, you and a group or friends or your family to try the sport of rock climbing in a safe and supportive atmosphere. You’ll be introduced to the fundamental climbing skills while enjoying plenty of climbing time on routes that will be challenging, fun, and rewarding. We provide ALL necessary equipment.
“Gym-to-Crag” Clinic This clinic is specifically designed for the gym climber looking to venture outside. Prerequisites: participants should have the basic skills required to climb indoors: tie in to a harness, top-rope belay, understanding of basic climbing movement. The clinic will cover crag safety, leading bolted sport routes to set up top ropes, anchor systems, cleaning an anchor to be lowered or rappel.
Climb Safe Clinic This course provides information on up to date techniques and technical systems to maximize safety and efficiency. There are no prerequisites. Climb Safe is heavily weighted on mastering the essential components necessary to safely operate at a single pitch cliff. The day consists of ground level review and instruction along with practical application of skills(climbing!)
Basic toprope set-up class This class is based on the AMGA Single Pitch Instructor curriculum but “guide specific” techniques have been modified or removed in order to tailor the curriculum to recreational climbers’ needs. We review equipment, knots, a wide variety of anchor systems, belaying and rappelling. This Two Day course is designed so graduate participants can safely and efficiently set up various top rope climbs in a non-guiding capacity. There are many top rope accessible cliff areas and the ability to safely set up top rope climbs opens up a wide variety of climbing routes. This is an excellent course for anyone who would like to be able to safely access and set-up climbing routes and rappels without having to lead climb. There are no Prerequisites but participants will get more out of the course if they already have a working knowledge of belaying and basic climbing knots(figure eight, overhand and clove hitch).
Trad Lead/Anchors Course is designed to take the gym or top rope or sport climber and introduce them to the basic skills necessary to safely and effectively transition to traditional lead climbing. Students will learn how to place and evaluate traditional climbing protection in the construction of a climbing “anchor” and in the context of protecting a climber on a lead climb. Participants are NOT required to lead climb. This is an entry level course heavily weighted on ground level practice and mock leading(top rope back-up).
Prerequisites- there are no technical or climbing movement prerequisites for attending the Anchors Course but students with very limited outdoor climbing experience may consider attending a Gym-To-Crag or Climb Safe Clinic before the anchors course.
Trad Lead II is a course for the climber who has either successfully completed the Trad lead/Anchors Course or who already possesses a solid understanding of traditional protection. This course will teach traditional lead climbing techniques applicable to single pitch routes and how the overall climbing system works to protect the climber and second. While some of the skills and techniques will be reviewed at ground level this is primarily an active climbing day.
Prerequisites- Complete the Anchors course or be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of basic knots, ability to place and evaluate passive and active protection. Have the ability to comfortably climb(on top rope) face and crack climbs rated at the 5.8 level.
Trad Lead Course III will cover skills and techniques for leading multipitch trad climbs. We will address equipment selection and climbing strategy, construction of appropriate anchors, belaying techniques, station and rope management, routefinding, time management and critical decision making skills. This course is only available at a one to one ratio and is conducted while climbing moderate multipitch terrain
Prerequisites- Completion of the Trad I course or demonstrate a solid understanding of anchor construction. Ability to lead traditionally protected face and crack climbs rated 5.8 in difficulty and a fitness level appropriate to operating on multi-pitch terrain.
Basic Rescue/Self Rescue Course teaches the recreational climber to evaluate various scenarios in order to determine a best course of action. Skills taught include: knots and hitches, belay escapes, improvised ascending and descending techniques, knot passes, raises and lowers, rescue rappels and pick-offs.
Prerequisites- Able to comfortably toprope face and crack climbs rated 5.6 in difficulty. Solid belaying skills , working knowledge of basic climbing knots and anchoring systems.
Boy Scouts of America climbing and merit badge testing. We adhere to the “Climb On Safely” and “Topping Out” protocol of National Project COPE and the Climbing/Rappelling Standards set forth by the BSA. Scouts and attendant adults will learn safe climbing and rappelling practices and techniques and will be afforded the opportunity to climb and rappel on a variety of terrain challenges in a fun and safe educational atmosphere. Full day and multi-day options available. Group discounts apply.
Military and LE specific training available. Please contact us directly for more information about our programs and partner organizations.
One person- $225
Two person- $135pp
Three person- $95 pp
Group Rates (4 or more)*
4-9 participants: $65 pp
10 or more participants: $55 pp
*Note: Group rates are for one guide. Additional guides can be provided at a rate of $165 per guid. Most beginner groups select one guide for every 6-9 participants, however, your requirements may vary. Please contact us so we can assist you in selecting the appropriate guide to participant ratio.