Guide Service

We offer a variety of guided trips designed to expand one’s knowledge of the outdoor world in a safe and structured manner. Our guided trips are tailored to challenge one’s experience level. Our goal is to instill outdoor enthusiasts with Climb Smart and Leave No Trace ethics, teach proper equipment use and care, and provide a remarkable outdoor learning experience.

RAPPELLING
If you are new to rappelling or have limited experience, this program is for you. This one-day course will begin with building a solid foundation in the fundamentals of rappelling, including terminology, equipment use and care, basic knots, anchor building, communication, and safety protocol. The remainder of the day will be spent rappelling slabs, vertical faces and overhangs up to 120 feet high. All equipment is provided.

Guide : Participant Fee Ratio
1:1=$175/Day
1:2=$125/Person/Day
1:3=$100/Person/Day
1:4-6=$85/Person/Day
*Group Rates Available

 

ADVANCED RAPPELLING & ACSENDING
If you already have a solid foundation in the basics of rappelling, but want to further your knowledge, this course will teach you what you want to know. Advanced Rappelling & Ascending is a one-day course focusing on self-rescue tactics, retrieving an injured climber, modes of ascending, rope management and advanced knots. Upon completion of this program you will have confidence in your ability to assist in a rescue sitution should one arise while you are at the crags.

Guide : Participant Fee Ratio
1:1=$250/Day
1:2=$200/Person/Day
1:3=$175/Person/Day
1:4=$150/Person/Day

 

BOULDERING
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Guide : Participant Fee Ratio
1:1=$150/Day
1:2=$85/Person/Day
1:3=$65/Person/Day
1:4-8=$50/Person/Day

TOP ROPE CLIMBING
If you are new to climbing or have limited experience, this program is for you. This one-day course will begin with building a solid foundation in the fundamentals of climbing, including terminology, equipment use and care, basic knots, anchor building, communication, technique, and safety protocol. The remainder of the day will be spent climbing slabs, vertical faces, and overhangs up to 80 feet high. All equipment is provided.

Guide : Participant Fee Ratio
1:1=$175/Day
1:2=$125/Person/Day
1:3=$100/Person/Day
1:4-6=$85/Person/Day
*Group Rates Available

 

SPORT CLIMBING
This program is designed for those that have a solid understanding of top-rope and/or gym climbing and want to take it to the next level. This program will teach you how to stay calm on the sharp end of the rope. Topics covered in leading a sport climb, belaying a leader, proper clipping techniques, communication, and advanced rock climbing movements. All equipment is provided. Prepare to have an awesome day clipping bolts on an array of climbs from 5.7 to 5.10, depending on your climbing ability.

Guide : Participant Fee Ratio
1:1=$200/Day
1:2=$150/Person/Day
1:3=$125/Person/Day
1:4=$100/Peson/Day

 

TRADITIONAL “TRAD” CLIMBING
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This course is designed for those who have a solid foundation in top-rope and sport climbing, but want what many climbers consider the ultimate climbing experience on rope. Through this comprehensive course you will experience the true nature of climbing! Topics covered include placing protection (active and passive), placing directionals, how to reduce rope drag, leading responsibilities, resting stances, natural hazards, building natural anchors, route finding, retreat techniques, and basic self-rescue. All equipment is provided.

Guide : Participant Fee Ratio
1:1=$250/Day
1:2=$200/Person/Day
1:3=$175/Person/Day
1:4=$150/Person/Day

 

CAVING – UNDERWORLD EXPLORATION
Have you ever experienced a wild cave?Underworld Exploration is a one day trip of which approximately five hours of the day you will be underground. The cave you will be exploring is a horizontal system. This means no rope work is required. The cave system is great for novice through intermediate cavers. Most of the main tube is walkable; however, there are several branches that are extremely small and require belly crawls to be able to pass. Cave systems in this area maintain a temperature of approximately 54 degrees year round. All equipment is provided.

Guide : Participant Fee Ratio
1:1=$175/Day
1:2=$125/Person/Day
1:3=$100/Person/Day
1:4-6=$85/Person/Day
*Group Rates Available

 

BACKPACKING – FOOTPOWER EXPLORATION
Footpower Exploration is a trip designed for the beginner through intermediate backpacking enthusiast. This trip can be scheduled for 2 days or up to 10 days. You will travel approximately 9-10 miles in a day on backcountry trails in the Hoosier National Forest. Scenery will vary from dense hardwood forest to evergreen forest to meadows to picturesque cliff lines. VX will provide tents, sleeping bags, stoves, water filters & first aid equipment.

Guide : Participant Fee Ratio
1:1=$150/Day
1:2=$105/Person/Day
1:3=$75/Person/Day
1:4-6=$60/Person/Day
*Group Rates Available

 

REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
To register a guided trip you will need to stop by Vertical eXcape and complete a registration form, provide a 25% non-refundable deposit and complete a waiver/medical history form at least two weeks in advance of your desired trip date. If you are unable to stop by the facility, call Nathan or Brian at the gym and all appropriate forms can be sent to you.

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