For rock climbing, there will be a 45-minute training and practice session prior to beginning the activity. All climbers begin at the same level, and can choose more challenging courses once they are comfortable. The course is 3,000 feet long and is broken up into 6 sections with exits at the end of each section.
At the resort, we will enjoy a breakfast buffet with hot meal selections. Coffee, tea, orange juice, milk, water included.
In the Lodge Conference Room, we will enjoy a lecture from a local climber expert who has climbed six of the world's highest peaks. Our speaker will discuss what it takes to be a successful climber as well as how the Red River Gorge has become one of the largest climbing meccas east of the Mississippi. Following our lecture, we will depart by passenger van for our climbing adventure on the Via Ferrata. The course features 2 suspension bridges, and a 40 foot tight rope walk. Via Ferrata, or “Iron Road”, is an Italian style of hiking that allows climbers to safely scale otherwise dangerous trails by securing themselves to a cable, and utilizing steps in the rock’s face. Historically, this type of climbing allowed Italian and Austrian soldiers to navigate through the Dolomites, in the Southern Limestone Alps. We will be trained by professionally certified instructors, starting with a 45 minute class with a practice session before beginning the course around the horseshoe shaped Canyon. The six sections are categorized into four levels of difficulty, which are clearly marked on the rock face. The easy sections are designed for beginners that have never even worn a harness before and the difficult sections are a true workout. At the end of each section there is an exit point that leads back to the main facility within a 5 minute or less hike. Instructors will stay with our group for the duration of the trip. It is recommended that you dress in long pants and closed toed shoes or hiking boots. Open-toed shoes and sandals are not ideal for this activity. Fingerless gloves are recommended but not required. There are no weight limits, but you must be able to safely fit into a harness ranging from 24”-54” waist.
In a covered picnic table area back at Southeast Mountain Guides headquarters, we will enjoy a packed lunch with sandwiches, snacks, fresh fruit, cookies, and water.
We will return to the resort for free time before dinner. If you would like more time on the Via Ferrata, feel free to return and continue climbing at your own pace.
Resort buffet. Coffee, tea, lemonade and water are included.
In the lodge conference room, we will enjoy a an evening of stories on Appalachian culture.