All Treetops campers are offered the opportunity to learn to rock climb and/or advance their top roping and bouldering skills. With an indoor and outdoor climbing wall, as well as world-class crags and boulders in our backyard, campers are exposed to dozens of routes that require varying levels of experience and technique.

Fundamentals & Skills

At Treetops, learning to climb is about much more than simply applying one’s athletic ability and strength. The learning process also involves patience, trust, and self-awareness.

Campers first learn to master basic skills on our indoor climbing wall before ever attempting an outdoor climb. Once proficient, they move to our outdoor climbing wall, where counselors can closely monitor techniques and safety practices.

Campers may sign up for half and full-day trips to nearby crags in the Adirondacks once they have demonstrated sufficient skill, knowledge, and technique. They must exhibit an understanding of the relationship between themselves and their climbing partners, as well as the powerful dynamic that trust plays in the climbing process.

Equipment & Gear

Treetops provides campers with the best climbing equipment available, including:

  • helmets
  • harnesses
  • ropes
  • shoes.

A nationally certified professional provides a thorough annual inspection of our climbing facilities and equipment. Our climbing trip leaders inspect equipment before every use.