Northern Virginia Rock Climbing
If you're looking for a weekend away among the beauty of nature but still interested in the challenge of learning a new skill, join us as we explore the crags of Great Falls and Elizabeth Furnace in George Washington and Jefferson National Forest! The area provides an ideal environment for beginners to learn the fundamentals of rock climbing; with climbs ranging from 30' to 60' and routes on slab, crack and flake. In addition, this introductory climbing weekend focuses on providing new climbers with essential technical basics such as: equipment use, terminology, rope handling, knots, belaying, movement on the rock, proper footwork and hand placements. To top off the experience, we'll be spending the weekend amidst the most picturesque and serene regions the area has to offer, only a short drive away from the Nation's Capital!
Northern Virginia Rock Climbing Itinerary:
Day 1 Meet fellow climbers at the REI Fairfax before transferring to our campsite to enjoy dinner and prepare for tomorrow’s adventure!
Day 2 Climbing instruction begins! Learn new techniques and skills for rock climbing.
Day 3 Practice the skills you learned yesterday and further your climbing techniques on the famous local routes.
Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control. This trip is operated rain or shine.
Contact REI Adventures prior to purchasing your airline tickets to confirm the trip has the minimum number of participants required to operate.
Please be advised that single accommodations may be unavailable.
All accommodations; meals as noted on the daily itinerary; airport transfers from Dulles International Airport if needed; professional instruction and guiding; transportation from the meeting point to the climbing area and back; group climbing equipment (see gear list for details) and first-aid kit.
Transportation from your hometown to group meeting point; climbing shoes; park entrance fees where required, insurance of any kind; alcoholic beverages (please do not bring); soft drinks; guide gratuities and items of a personal nature.
Dulles International Airport, Chantilly, VA: 2 hours
REI will provide one group transfer from Washington Dulles International Airport to REI at 4:00 p.m. on Day 1 of the trip. Please plan to arrive prior to 3:00 p.m. in order to take advantage of the transfer as you will need to retrieve your bags before meeting up with the group. You will meet your group and guide at baggage claim #4 at the airport at 4:00 p.m.
If you miss the group transfer for any reason, you must arrange your own transportation to the Fairfax REI store. Taxi service is available from the airport to the Fairfax REI store for about $25.00 one way. Our guides will provide the return shuttle to the airport when the trip has ended.
This trip is rated Moderate (3) as we plan to climb for 4-6 hours per day and will have to hike a short distance from the parking area to where the climbs are located each day. To maximize your enjoyment of the trip and to avoid sore muscles, we suggest that you engage in a regular exercise regimen beginning at least three months prior to your departure. Most important to your enjoyment of the trip is your overall fitness level.
Temperatures can range from 50-80º F during the day to 40-60º F at night. Trip members should arrive prepared for all possibilities by following the gear recommendations below. This trip operates rain or shine.
This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Weekend Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and detailed pre-trip information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).
We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.
Northern Virginia Rock Climbing
The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. Try to bring only what is necessary—this will help you and the field staff.
- Main climbing rope/s
- Climbing Helmet
- Seat harness
- Locking carabiner & slotted belay device
- Chalk bag & chalk – optional
- Rock Climbing Shoes
- Sleeping bag and pillow
- Daypack, 35-50 liter, to be used during climb
- Approach shoes – sneakers or hikers
- Rain gear (Waterproof, breathable shell jacket and pants)
- Midweight wool or fleece jacket/sweater
- Midweight, thermal underwear top and bottom, synthetic or wool (no cotton)
- Lightweight pants- loose and comfortable
- Synthetic T-shirts
- Synthetic long-sleeve shirt
- Synthetic, quick-drying hiking shorts- loose and comfortable
- Bring a few lightweight, easily washable items for travel and use when not climbing
- Sun hat
- Bandana for sun protection
- Headlamp, spare batteries/bulb (no flashlights)
- Energy snacks and powdered drinks
- Two 1-quart water bottles or hydration pack
- Sun block and lip balm w/high SPF
- Toiletry kit with ½-roll toilet paper, a gallon size plastic ziploc bag and handwipes
- Hand sanitizer gel
- Watch with alarm or travel clock
- Personal first-aid kit
- Camera with spare batteries
- Reading and writing materials
Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.