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OTR Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: Dec 2, 2021

Have a question? Drop us a line, we might just write a blog post about it. In the meantime, we thought we would share some of our most frequently asked questions.

Question: Where do most On the Rocks trips take place?

Most On the Rocks climbing courses will take place at Rattlesnake Point or Metcalfe Rock, two of the many beautiful limestone cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment, Ontario.

A picture / image of Metcalf Rock, premiere climbing destination in Ontario. Close to Georgian Bay, Collingwood, Blue Mountains, Beaver Valley
Metcalfe Rock, Fall

Metcalfe Rock

Metcalfe Rock is an outcrop of the Niagara Escarpment located just outside of Collingwood, Ontario. This limestone cliff reaches heights of over 100ft in sections and offers climbing routes of all grades and styles. A short approach, beautiful views, a variety of trails and caves, old growth cedars and a natural fed spring, make Metcalfe Rock a must-see spot for any lover of the outdoors. On the Rocks Climbing Guides are proud to call Metcalfe one of their "offices" from May through October.

Question: What do I need to bring for an On the Rocks climbing course or guided adventure?

  • Any personal climbing gear you already own (harness, helmets, shoes, etc..)

  • Comfortable clothing (pants are nice as you may scrape your knees)

  • Sun protection (sunglasses, hat, sunscreen)

  • Comfortable and appropriate shoes (no flip flops or sandles)

  • Bug spray

  • Rain coat

  • Lunch

  • Water

  • Camera

  • Backpack

  • Any personal health items you may need (ie. Epi pen, asthma inhaler, IB profin, Benedryl)

  • Garbage bag (Leave No Trace)

  • Toilet Paper, Hand Sanitizer

  • Non-surgical masks Question: Do you run custom dates or is everything pre-scheduled? We do both custom and pre-scheduled courses. Do not hesitate to inquire about a date of your choice. Weekends book up quickly, and we reserve at a first come first serve basis, so earlier notice is highly recommended. Question: How do I reserve a date or register for a course? Select "Book Now" on any course page to reach our bookings page. A non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your date. Email with any questions about booking. Question: What happens if the weather is bad? If the weather is absolutely unclimbable, we will try to reschedule a date that works for everyone and if that is impossible then your course fee will be refunded, minus booking deposit. The Anchor Building Course usually runs rain or shine. Question: What if I am under 18? You and your parent/guardian will need to sign a waiver in advance. Question: What is the youngest age you can take out on the rocks? 7 years old is the usual age limit for all On the Rocks trips and courses.

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