Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing Schools - Guide Service

The Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing School is the oldest climbing school in the East, and has been offering technical climbing instruction outdoors since 1968. The school is fully accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) and all of our climbing instructors are AMGA-Certified as Single Pitch Instructors or higher. 

EMS Climbing Guides have technical knowledge and experience to deliver the most up-to-date instruction, but they never forget that your satisfaction and enjoyment come first. Equipment for all of our courses is included in the price, and a 20% off discount coupon to Eastern Mountain Sports is also provided upon registration so you can save on anything else you might need to get geared up for your next adventure.  

Ice Climbing and Mountaineering:

Lake Placid and the surrounding area are home to some of the best and most accessible ice climbing in the United States. The variety of winter climbing terrain here makes the Adirondack Mountains a sought after ice climbing destination for many every winter. 

The shorter low angle stepped waterfalls of Cascade Pass serve as the perfect classroom for our introductory programs, while classic longer Adirondack routes such as Chouinard’s Gully and Roaring Brook Falls make unforgettable outings for our guests once they have had a chance to practice and become comfortable with some basic climbing skills. Climbers who are looking to learn the fundamentals of mountaineering will find the many exposed alpine climbs and open summits of the Adirondack High Peaks region offer the perfect setting to do so, whether you want to build the necessary skills to climb the tallest peaks in the Northeast in the winter or you plan to travel and climb in other mountain ranges.

If you’re not sure which program is right for you feel free to give us a call. We are more than happy to help you choose a course or private program that is right for you based on your experience and goals, whether you have been climbing for years or if you are excited to try climbing for the first time. Our guides are out climbing daily during the winter season and we are always excited to share our first hand knowledge of the dynamic winter environment with our guests.

Rock Climbing and Hiking:

Our guests enjoy a multitude of rock climbing options on the anorthosite granite — rock that was metamorphosed a billion years ago — cliffs that dominate the Lake Placid and High Peaks region of the Adirondacks. Climbing routes generally follow natural features such as the vertical cracks and corners which can be easily seen on routes like Pete’s Farewell on Pitchoff, Chimney Cliff while driving through Cascade Pass, or clean faces with excellent friction such as those on Chapel Pond slab just south of Keene Valley. 

Our guides climb daily in the area and are excellent at determining a suitable location to bring you climbing for the day, whether it's a scenic crag in the woods to learn the basics of climbing or a towering multi-pitch adventure climb.

Besides rock climbing, the area has an excellent network of backcountry hiking trails, many of which start at the historic Adirondack Loj, just minutes from the village of Lake Placid. Hiking the Adirondacks' 46 High Peaks — most of which are over 4,000 feet in elevation — is an experience that should not be missed, and our guides are happy to lead you on a hiking trip in this wilderness area for the day or for a multi-day tour.

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