Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register?

Send us an e-mail at dylan@climbhocking.com, or call us at 740-590-8232 and we will help you register for your trip.

How far in advance do I need to register?

Schedule your trip as far in advance as possible to insure that the dates you wish to book will be available.  We may be able to accommodate smaller groups on shorter notice, but groups of 10 or more should register at least 30 days in advance to allow for the best availability. 

If you are looking at this the night before you want to go climbing or paddling, give us a call and we will do the best we can to get you out, our availability is often slim to none last minute however.

How much does it cost?
 

For a breakdown of pricing information click "Packages and Rates" in the column to the left hand side of this page. 

In general the rates per person are reduced as your group size increases, and we also offer price breaks to make trips as affordable as we can for non-profit groups.

 
What is "in-season"?

Our season runs from April through October. However, we do offer services during the off-season, weather and guide availability permitting.  Just give us a call or shoot us an e-mail before your trip, and we will let you know if that will work for us, as always, we're better able to help you plan your adventure, and to have availability, if you start planning early, but it doesn't hurt to ask if we can get you out last minute if you just learn about us shortly before, or during your trip.

How often do you run trips/clinics?
 

All of our trips run by reservation only.  In general we climb most every day of the summer, most weekends spring and fall, and occasionally on a warm winter day. 


We typically run beginning paddling trips or courses at least once per month when the water is warm enough for a participant to tip a boat in without becoming hypothermic, and kayak trips at least once a week throughout the summer. 


Backpacking trips and clinics, mountain bike rides, and other outings and courses are run less frequently and require more planning and sometimes coordination with other shops and outfitters.  Groups, that are visiting the area for multiple days often choose to include these as part of an itinerary that often also includes climbing and rappelling, and/or paddling.

  
What do I need to bring?
 

Water and snacks!  One liter of water per person should be considered a minimum.  Two liters is better if you're out for a full-day, especially in the summer.  A day pack with some trail mix or granola bars will help you keep your energy up.  Depending on the time of year and the forecast it is also a great place to throw in your rain gear, a dry t-shirt, or a fleece jacket.


What should I wear kayaking?


Shoes: river sandals, wet-suit booties, water shoes, even old tennies, will help protect your feet from a stray piece of broken glass or rusty old fish hook that may lurk in the shallows or on shore.  Shoes that actually attach to your feet are much safer than flip flops, particularly when you hike up and down a wet slope carrying equipment too and from the water.


A hat and/or sunglasses with a strap.


Layers: a hot afternoon can quickly become a cool evening, particularly when you are wet.  Plan to get wet, kayaking is a wet sport.


Avoid cotton in all but the warmest weather.  Cotton clothing, when wet, causes your body to lose body heat extremely fast.  In general, dressing in layers is the way to go for kayaking.  The first layer should be a synthetic material with moisture-wicking properties, for example polypropylene, to allow the moisture and sweat to evaporate off your skin.  Some natural fibers like wool also have hydrophobic properties that help keep moisture away from your skin, and/or still provide some insulation even when wet. 


The next layer is an insulating layer, (e.g. wool or polyester fleece.)  We recommend fleece as it is very comfortable and many people have some in their closet these days! This layer will help keep you warm when the sun goes down.


The last layer you will want to consider bringing is a protective shell, such as a rain jacket. This layer will prevent the water that drips from the paddle from soaking you as you sit in the kayak. As long as you have these layers, you will be able to adjust for the weather accordingly.


Where do you kayak?


We generally lead our trips on Lake Hope. However, we are able to guide trips on Lake Logan, Burr Oak, Dow Lake, Lake Snowden, the Hocking River, Raccoon Creek and other bodies of water in the area, provided you give us enough notice, and conditions are appropriate for your skill level etc.


Lake Hope is the best area for our Beaver Tours, as the beaver have built lodges all along the banks of Lake Hope. At Lake Hope we meet at the boat launch right on SR 278, which looks just like a large gravel pull-off.

 
What should I wear climbing?
 

In general your clothing should allow freedom of movement without being baggy or bulky.  Shorts can be fine, as long as you won’t be too upset when you get a scrape or scratch on your pretty little knee. 


Shoes are the most important consideration.  We have a selection of sizes of climbing shoes that you are welcome to try out.  Most beginners find climbing shoes uncomfortable at first, but you can increase your climbing skills quickly and dramatically if you take the time to learn how to use them and our guides can teach you. 


Climbing shoes lace up, (or slip on,) tightly, they have sticky rubber soles which are thin enough to allow for placements on small holds, and give the climber the ability to feel with his or her feet.  Climbing shoes are great, but don’t run out and buy a pair unless you’re sure this is something you know you will want to continue.  Just go with something that has a minimum of bulk, especially to the sole.  Leave the heavy lugged soles at home, or wear them for the hike up to the climb, then pull your sneakers out of your day pack for climbing.  Light hikers and most sneakers are fine.  Wrestling shoes or others with good support, but little bulk are fine for beginners.  To advance your skills you'll need to learn to work those feet, and that's when the shoes will be a necessity.

 
Where do you climb?
 

The majority of our rock climbing adventures take place in the Rock Climbing and Rappelling Area of Hocking State Forest, adjacent to the beautiful trails and cliffs of Hocking Hills State Park, and Conkle's Hollow State Nature Preserve!  Give us enough advance notice and we’ll plan a climbing trip for you anywhere in the region.  How does a New River Gorge trip sound?  Depending on the area as much as 30 days may be needed to secure the appropriate permissions. 

 
Where do you meet?
 

For our Hocking State Forest trips we often meet at the Climbing and Rappelling Area.

 

Where is the Hocking State Forest Climbing And Rappelling Area?

 

The climbing and rappelling area is about 15 minutes west of Logan, Ohio.  Travel west on 664 from US 33 in Logan to Big Pine Road, (approximately 5 minutes drive.)  Turn right on Big Pine and continue for several minutes drive past a riding stable on your left to a gravel parking lot on your right.  If you come to Conkle’s Hollow and SR 374 you missed it by a mile.

 

How many people are in a “group”? 

 

From two to ten people may comprise a group, which is climbing together at one location.  That’s not to say that we can’t accommodate other “groups,” but we will ask you to divide your group in to smaller sub-groups to aid in group dynamics and impact on the climbing site.  4-6 is a great group size.  For payment purposes you will be charged according to the number of people in YOUR group: the friends family etc., that you register with.

 
Will I (we) climb with people who are not in our group?
 

If you have a group of four or more your group will not be combined with another.  Your guide or guides will be dedicated to your private group.  For smaller groups you may climb with others unless you specify that you want, and pay for, private guiding. Individuals wishing to register without paying for private guiding or instruction may do so if another small group is climbing on the requested date.  Outdoor sports are more fun and safer with a partner however, so bring one or more friends along!

 
What is private guiding/instruction? (And what does it cost?)
 

Private guiding/instruction means that you have exclusive use of your climbing guide and instructor for the allotted time and he or she will be dedicated to your goals and interests.  This is a great option for those who want to build skills, such as making the transition from the gym to real rock.  Minimum cost for private guiding/instruction is $300 per 1/2 day for 1-3 people.

 
Where can I get gas and groceries?
 

Logan, which has traditionally served as the "gateway" to the Hocking Hills due to its proximity and location on US 33 is the nearest town with a Wal-Mart.  Grandma Faye’s is a camp-store/convenience mart located close to Old Man’s Cave. 

 
Where can I stay?
 

You can find essentials and lodging in Logan.  There are also many other lodging options, including the State Park Lodge, cabins and campgrounds, as well as numerous private hot-tub cabins and campgrounds.

 
What’s the best way to get in touch with you?
E-mail me at dylan@climbhocking.com, or call and leave your name and number and good times to reach you at 740-590-8232. 

We may be away for days at a time, particularly in the summer months, so please plan your adventure a minimum of one week in advance!  We don't have a call-in center or even a full-time receptionist, on the plus side you'll be scheduling your trip with one of our small number of highly qualified guides, who will be able to answer any questions you may have, as well as make informed recommendations to you to help insure a great experience on the day of your adventure!