Climbing in the gym is an easily accessible activity with a lot to offer - a fun and challenging experience, a full body workout, and a wonderful chance to socialize with like-minded individuals. Even so, it's hard to compete with getting outside, experiencing the natural beauty of Ontario's wilderness, and pulling on real rock. 

 

The Guelph Grotto's outdoor adventure programs give you the chance to connect with the outdoors, and experience a whole other side of climbing, without having to worry about any of the logistics. Each of our offerings promise an amazing experience you won't soon forget.

INTRO TO ROCK

CLIMBING

INTRO TO ROCK CLIMBING

Whether you are an avid indoor climber looking to take things to new heights, or  are new to the sport and looking to dive right in, this program is an accessible way to experience the unqiue challenge of climbing on stone!  Hike beneath the canopy of Canada's Boreal Forest, find incredible fossils embedded in Escarpment limestone, and feel what it's like to use real rock as climbing holds as you ascend the cliff face and reach the summit. 

 

This program is suitable for climbers of any ability.

time:

Full Day: 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Half Day: 9:30AM - 12:30 PM or 

12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

LOCATION:

Rattlesnake Point 

includes:

All technical equipment, and professional guidance.

PRICE:

Full Day: $200/person

Half Day: $120/person

Group discounts available

* For alternate times and locations, contact wall@guelphgrotto.com *

CAVING

Explore the underground world that exists beneath the Blue Mountains by lowering into the caves of Metcalfe Rock. Climb among the rarely seen depths of multiple cave systems with only the light of your headlamp to guide the way, and discover natural hidden treasures including an underground spring, and ice formations that remain well into the summer.

 

This adventure is perfect for beginner and experienced cavers alike!

time:

LOCATION:

includes:

PRICE:

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM or

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Metcalf Rock

All technical equipment, and professional guidance.

$75/person

CAVING

TOP ROPE ANCHOR COURSE

TOP ROPE ANCHOR COURSE

This program will provide you with the knowledge and confidence required to set up and evaluate top rope anchors for climbing outdoors. Covering everything from route selection, to climbing and rappel systems, and how to identify hazards, this course will leave you proficient in the equipment and systems you need to climb outside this season! 

time:

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

LOCATION:

Rattlesnake Point

includes:

PRICE:

All technical equipment, and professional guidance.

$220/person

GYM to CRAG

SPORT CLIMBING

GYM TO CRAG SPORT CLIMBING

In course we build on your lead climbing skills and prepare you with the technical skills needed to set up, climb, and clean a bolted sport route. Topics covered will include: crag etiquette, potential outdoor hazards, protecting yourself before first bolt, anchor setup, how to rappel, and more. Our experienced instructors will provide careful direction and supervision, while providing you with valuable hands-on experience.

 

This transition from gym to crag is designed to prepare you for the adventure, challenge, and beauty that outdoor climbing can offer. Participants should be comfortable lead belaying and climbing indoors, at a grade of 5.9 - 5.10.

time:

1 evening gym session

1 full day at the crag (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

LOCATION:

Evening session at Guelph Grotto

Crag day at Rattlesnake or Metcalf

includes:

PRICE:

All technical equipment, and professional guidance.

$220/person

OUTDOOR SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Take your class outside for a day of rock climbing, caving, and rappelling on the amazing, fossil rich limestone of the beautiful Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO biosphere reserve. This is truly experiential learning at its best! Our specialized outdoor school program promotes teamwork, communication, and confidence in a positive and enriching day outdoors.

 

Not only does this experience encourage mindfulness, focus, resilience and problem solving, it also pairs nicely with course curriculums ranging from, but not limited to, SHSM, Leadership, Outdoor Education, Physics, Geography, and Geology. This program meets or exceeds all OPHEA guidelines pertaining to Curricular Outdoor Rock Climbing, and is ideal for students from grade 6 and up.

time:

1 full day at the crag (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

LOCATION:

Rattlesnake Point or Metcalf Rock

includes:

PRICE:

All technical equipment, and professional guidance.

Contact wall@guelphgrotto.com for details

OUTDOOR SCHOOL PROGRAMS

SLACKLINE 101

SLACKLINE 101

Find your balance. Explore the basics of Slacklining through different poses and techniques. Sit, stand, walk and even yoga poses can be learned on these challenging lines. Develop mindfulness and body awareness while working on balance and stabilizer muscle groups that crossover to multiple sports. 

 

Slacklines provide a fun and chill workout alternative, and offer a great way to spend a sunny day outside with friends or colleagues.

time:

3 hour course (flexible options)

LOCATION:

Location in Guelph (flexible)

includes:

PRICE:

All technical equipment, and professional guidance.

$75

CUSTOM CLIMBING ADVENTURES

We are happy to provide personalized climbing programs or private guiding to suit your needs.  Let us know how we can provide an adventure for your scout group, corporate team building event, bachelor or bachelorette party.

ATTENTION: The Guelph Grotto will be closed to the public as of March 16, to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus     |      FULL DETAILS

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Monday  1:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Tuesday  1:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Wednesday  1:00 PM - 11:00 PM  

Thursday  1:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Friday  1:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Saturday  9:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Sunday  10:00 - 6:00 PM

- Members only hours -

Monday - Friday  6:30 AM - 12:00 PM 

Additional parking available around back, accessed via York Road.