Day Pack – Climbing and Rappelling


Check out a local crag and channel your inner climber! On this full-day adventure, we’ll drive you to a local climbing spot and hike in a short distance (a little less than a mile to one of our favorite spots. Our instructors will set up a top-rope rappel, while you enjoy the amazing view of the Appalachian mountains.  After learning the basics of rappelling, you’ll get a chance to rappel down a rock face!  Once you get the bottom, take a break, and then climb back up to the top!

What to Expect

You’ll meet your fellow climbers at Mountain Shepherd’s gorgeous 100-acre campus.  After packing a lunch for the day, we’ll load up in Mountain Shepherd’s van (Dora the Explorer!) and shuttle you to your climbing destination. After a fun filled day on the mountain, we’ll shuttle you back to Mountain Shepherd. All gear and safety equipment is provided for the day. 

Adventure Highlights

  •       Full day course
  •       Climbing
  •       Rappelling
  •       Shuttle
  •       Lunch included
  •       Memories to last a lifetime
  •       Small group environment (10 maximum)
  •       Hands-on learning


TBD. Contact us for your custom course!

Who chooses this adventure?

Climbing and rappelling experience is not required for this course. We’ll show you what you need to know, and make sure everyone is feeling comfortable before we embark on our our rappel. You’ll climb down the mountain, while on rappel, then climb back up. The rock face is a great place to start climbing, and plenty of good routes for beginners and those wanted a bit more of a challenge. 

This is a course for adults. 18 year olds may come alone. Mature 16 & 17 year olds may come with a responsible partner over the age of 18.

Course Minimum: 4, Course Maximum: 10

What's Included?


We will provide harnesses, ropes, and all safety equipment (climbing helmets are required). The only required gear you need to bring is appropriate hiking footwear (closed-toed shoes) and weather-appropriate clothing (see below for packing list). 


Lunch is provided, with plenty of options and dietary accommodations available.

Travel Arrangements

Your adventure begins and ends at the Mountain Shepherd Lodge in Catawba, VA.The nearest airport is Roanoke (ROA), which is approximately a 30 minute drive time.

Arrival time is by 9:30 am on the morning of the training. The course concludes by 4:30 pm. If you prefer to travel the day before, you can stay at the lodge. $50 includes a bunk and breakfast. $25 for each additional person in your group. Group, semi-private and private rooms are available. Contact us for reservations. Payment due before you leave.

Activity Level

Easy to Moderate

No climbing or rappelling experience necessary. We’ll show you what you need to know, and make sure everyone is feeling comfortable before we embark on our our rappel.

There is a .9 mile hike in to get the climbing site, with rolling terrain.



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