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After careful consideration, the Directors and Chair have determined to hold off on hosting a 2021 Rock School due to continued safety concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic. We feel this is the most responsible decision to ensure the health and safety of students, instructors, their families, and our communities.

The ECP Rock Climbing School is an introductory rope and rock course for beginning climbers taught by ECP volunteers. Topics include use of equipment, development of climbing skills, and rigging for top-rope climbing. Other types of rock climbing will be touched on, but not formally taught.  No prior experience or equipment is necessary. Classes alternate between indoor classroom and outdoor sessions. The School is offered from mid-April to mid-May every year.


General introduction to climbing outdoors, knots and friction hitches, belaying, rappelling (with and without a pack, extended mode, etc.), building top rope anchors, prusiking, and environmental site considerations and safety.


Stay tuned for 2022 dates!

Description Date Time Location
Intro Party
(pick-up equipment, course materials, etc.)
Apr 6 Mon, 2020 6:30pm to 9:30pm TBD
Class 1 Apr 14 Tue, 2020 6:30pm to 9:30pm The Climbing Wall
Outing 1 Apr 18 Sat, 2020 9:00am to 5:00pm Coopers Rock, WV
Rock City Area
Class 2 Apr 21 Tue, 2020 6:30pm to 9:30pm Wilkins School Community Center
Outing 2 Apr 25 Sat, 2020 9:00am to 5:00pm Coopers Rock, WV
Roof Rocks Area
Class 3 Apr 28 Tue, 2020 6:30pm to 9:30pm Wilkins School Community Center
Outing 3 May 2 Sat, 2020 9:00am to 5:00pm McConnells Mill State Park
Rim Road
Class 4 May 5 Tue, 2020 6:30pm to 9:30pm Wilkins School Community Center
Outing 4 May 9 Sat, 2020 9:00am to 5:00pm Coopers Rock, WV
Sunset Wall area
Outing 5 May 16-17 Sat-Sun, 2020 9:00am to 5:00pm White Rocks, Fairchance, PA
(Camping Overnight)
Post-graduation Trip
(invitation only)
May 30-31 Sat-Sun, 2020 9:00am to 5:00pm Seneca Rocks, WV
Seneca Shadows Campground


  • You must be at least 18 years of age.

  • You must also review the schedule and be sure you can attend all sessions before submitting the application. If you cannot make all of the classroom AND outdoor sessions, please do not apply.  There are no make up sessions.

  • You must be an up-to-date, dues paying member of the ECP.  If you are not an ECP member, please click the following link to join or renew your membership:

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  1. Removal from the ECP Rock Climbing School will be at the discretion of the directors. You may be removed from the rock school if you fail to satisfy school requirements including, but not limited to, attendance, participation, basic safety competency
  2. Admittance into the Rock Climbing School is competitive and class size is limited. Registering for the school does not guarantee acceptance.
  3. Based on the number of participants and volunteers and the nature of rock climbing, only students and instructors are allowed to attend classes and outings. 
  4. Although you can join or renew your membership to the ECP at the same time as submitting this application to the Rock Climbing School, payment of the ECP annual membership fee does not guarantee a place in the Rock Climbing School Class. If not admitted to the school, only your Rock Climbing School fee will be returned.
  5. Once the class is filled, wait-listed applicants will only have the Rock Climbing School fee refunded.


Stay tuned for 2022 application information.

Adopting the motto "Research, Education, and Adventure" in 1947, for three generations the ECP has provided the opportunity to learn new skills and meet new friends who share a willingness to accept the physical and mental challenges of outdoor exploration and adventure.

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