New River Gorge Expedition

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New River Gorge Expedition

Join us for three days at the New: One of the East’s largest, most diverse, and highest quality climbing areas. Our guides will be on location to show you a small portion of the New’s 3,000+ routes over 60 miles of cliffline. This trip features top rope and lead climbing on some incredible sandstone.

Tell stories around a campfire and get some air under your feet. Join us for a weekend you will never forget.

Three full days of guided climbing and instruction
9am – 4pm

Travel, Lodging, Equipment, and Food
Participants are responsible for their own food, lodging, and travel to and from the New. Your guide will have a campsite or two reserved for anyone who is looking for an easy place to drop a tent. PRG will provide all climbing gear/equipment as needed.

Daily Schedule
Climbers will meet in the morning for a brief check-in, then travel to the climbing site for an introduction to the location and begin climbing and instruction. Your guide will select the appropriate terrain for the day based on the experience level of the group, weather conditions, and knowledge of the area.

Location: New River Gorge, West Virginia

Dates: April 24 – April 26, 2020

Trip Capacity: 5 participants (min) – 8 participants (max)

Trip Prerequisites:
Ages 21+
PRG Top Rope Belay Certification
Ability to climb 5.7 or harder

Cost: $395 members ($495 non-members)

NRG Expedition FAQ

Guides will be camping in one of the following two locations. The final location will be based on the number of participants choosing to camp on site. Your guides will provide more information as needed.

Chestnut Creek Campground
$10/night per person
Campsite sizes vary

The ​American Alpine Club Campground
$10/night for communal camping spaces
$20/night for private camping spaces

This expedition is not just a great opportunity for guided climbing at one of the country’s prime climbing destinations–it’s also an educational experience. Participants get the opportunity to learn how to climb and belay for sport lead climbing outdoors from knowledgeable and experienced guides. They will also learn how to build simple sport anchors and clean and lower from routes. With careful oversight from guides, participants will hone their skills over three days of hands-on experience.

Most climbers opt for a minimalist lifestyle, which is reflected in their packing lists. Thankfully, the New River Gorge is a fairly temperate climate, which means you can save your winter gear for Denali. Even so, bring a warm layer or two just in case; it can be cold when it rains.

For a list of recommended gear for camping, check out ​this car camping guide.

For a list of recommended personal gear, ​check out our list here.

If you’re looking to eat out, there’s a number of climber favorites in the area. ​Cathedral Cafe ​provides a good place to get some work done with hearty breakfasts, endless coffee refills, and free wifi. ​Secret Sandwich Society​ is a go-to for lunch or dinner, and features good sandwiches (naturally), burgers, beer, and live music upstairs. For dinner, ​Pies and Pints ​provides the staples of a climber diet, with gourmet pizzas and a fantastic beer selection.

For in-campground dining, there are a number of grocery stores nearby for stocking up on supplies. Be sure to pick up your favorite non-perishables and plenty of water for fuel and hydration at the climbing sites.

Leaving from Philadelphia, there are two main routes to get to the New River Gorge:

  1. Take I-76W to US 220S to I-68W to I-79S to US-19S
  2. Take I-95 S to I-495 W to I-66W to I-81S to I-64W to US-60W to US-19S

US-19 S links the two main towns of Fayetteville and Summersville and provides access to most of the New River Gorge Climbing areas. For a link to these directions, ​click here​.

Here is a sample day schedule for your perusal:

(Remember: This is just an example what a day on a guided trip can look like and may not reflect your actual schedule. A gajillion factors can alter this schedule, including weather, crowds, and your personal preferences and goals.)

  • Breakfast
  • Meet up at 9am to begin day and drive to climbing area
  • Class Schedule:
    • Lead Climbing and Belaying
    • Cleaning anchors and Rappelling
    • Drills and Practice
  • Lunch
  • Climbing Schedule
    • Split into groups by ability/comfort level/climbing interests
    • Climb until 4pm
  • Return to campground for dinner and campfire goodness

Rain is an (un)fortunate part of outdoor climbing! If it rains, your guides will choose an area that’s ‘rain-friendly’ and focus on the instructional aspect of the expedition. When the weather clears, you’ll get back to climbing. Make sure you bring good boots and a rain jacket as the hike in can still be very wet.

Based on weather forecasts prior to the trip, the trip may be cancelled and/or rescheduled for another regional location in the event that guides determine a total wash at NRG. Clients can choose to go to the alternate location or have their payment refunded.

Once on location, if bad weather affects more than 1 day of the trip, the following terms apply:

2 Day rain out: $100.00 refund
3 Day rain out: $200.00 refund

Guides will not operate on rain out days, however, we will offer suggestions for alternative activities. While guides are not required to accompany clients on wash days, they may choose to do so if they wish (and if you wish), so long as climbing is not a part of the activities.

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