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Vertical Rock Outdoor School

In George Washington National Forest

Fun, Unfiltered

Vertical Rock Outdoor School (VROS) provides comprehensive outdoor climbing, backcountry instruction and expeditions to the Washington DC Metropolitan Area.

3 awesome outings to get you moving again

These outings are tailored for individuals and groups looking to climb outside under the supervision and assistance of professional and experienced guides. Don’t forget to bring water and snacks – we’ll take care of the rest!


Option 1:

Private Guiding – Fun & Carefree

No experience needed
We provide equipment to participate!

This 4 hour guided outing is tailored to everybody who would like to just get out there and climb. Our pros will set up the top ropes and get you safely climbing in beautifully shaded areas in one of the most scenic parks in the entire state of Virginia.

This trip is also the right choice for you if all you need is a belayer!

  • 4 Hrs
  • 7+

Option 2:

Private Guiding – Climb like the Pros!

Develop your climbing skills
Learn to set up top rope anchors outside!

This 4 hour guided outing is tailored to everybody with a VR top rope belay certification or a comprehension of the basic climbing skills needed to tie in and belay. It is designed to give you a thorough understanding of various climbing techniques while learning to build our own top rope anchor system.

  • 4 Hrs
  • 7+

Outdoor Summer Camps

Looking for an outdoor summer camp to learn techniques of rock climbing and an appreciation of the environment?

“ELEVATION” is a 5-day climbing camp that is a great way to get into the sport of outdoor rock climbing. Day campers will learn techniques, mechanics of rock climbing and an appreciation of the environment. The camp takes place Monday to Friday (8am-3pm) at four different climbing areas: Carderock, Great Falls, Elizabeth Furnace and Vertical Rock.

Campers will experience all 4 climbing areas and will also learn how to identify the types of rock, flora/fauna, and other awesome facts about the area they are climbing in! An emphasis on the “Leave No Trace and Minimizing Climbing Impacts” principle are integrated into the program.

  • 7 Hrs
  • 9+
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