Rock Climbing Classes



Exkursion Outfitters: Pittsburgh's source for professional rock climbing instruction since 1974. Our experienced staff is here to assist you whether it is your first time climbing or if you are a seasoned vet looking to fine tune your skills.



Fred Gunter: Owner of Exkursion for over 40 years, will be your climbing guide. Fred's climbing resume includes summiting the highest peaks in North America and South America as well as rock climbing expeditions to far-flung locales like Brazil, Norway, and Baffin Island. Fred loves introducing new climbers to the sport on Western Pennsylvania's fantastic stone.



Top Rope Workshop:

Are you a complete beginner who wants to learn how to climb? Maybe you already climb indoors, but you want to learn how to climb safely outside? Our course is designed for you! We provide a comprehensive introduction to rock climbing; no previous experience is necessary. Topics covered in this class include: knot-tying, building anchors, belaying, rappelling, the proper use of ropes and equipment and the art of moving efficiently on rock. We provide all specialized equipment. Upon completion of our course, each student will have rigged a climb, set up a belay, and climbed a variety of routes on top rope.

Top Rope Workshop climbing classes are $95/person for one full day of instruction.


Each class meets to carpool at the PA Turnpike New Stanton Exit park and ride lot. Click here for directions. If you need to make alternate arrangements to meet the class please email Fred at info@exkursion.com.
The minimum age for our climbing class is 14. A parent or guardian must accompany anyone under the age of 16. 



Class 1: Saturday, May 3

Class 2: Saturday, June 7

Class 3: Saturday, July 12

Class 4: Sunday, August 3

Class 5: Sunday, September 7


Class Itinerary:

8:00 AM: Meet at New Stanton to carpool.

8:30 AM: Leave New Stanton

9:00 AM: Arrive at rocks in Dunbar and start class

4:00 PM (roughly): Wrap up class and depart


To register for a class, jump on over to the Rock Climbing Classes section of the online store. Once you've paid, we will email you personalized confirmation with more information.


Placing Pro Workshop:

Considering lead climbing? Or do you already lead, but wish to improve the placement of your pro? This clinic is for you! Our one-day workshop will have students placing hundreds of pieces, each placement evaluated for its security with suggestions on how it may be improved. Cams, nuts, hexes--If you have them on your rack, we'll help you to use them more effectively. If you are new to "trad" climbing, we can provide the hardware.

Placing Pro classes are $65 for a half-day and are set up by appointment. 

To register, email us or jump over to the Rock Climbing section of the online store.


Scout groups / Church groups / College groups:

Exkursion has been leading rock climbing outings for Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania area groups for more than 30 years.  We can tailor the day to meet your group's needs and expectations. 

Rates vary based on the size of the group and length of the outing so email us at info@exkursion.com to discuss making your group's next outing a special one.


Private Guiding:

Looking to expand your climbing resume? Or do you need to augment your skills? We can craft a day on the rock to suit your individual climbing ambitions. One on one--at your own pace!

Private guiding days are only $150/person. 


To register, email us at info@exkursion.com



Note: Cancellation policy for all classes is one week's notice for a full refund. After that time we can reschedule you to the next available class, but no refunds will be offered. Thank You!