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Celebrating 30 Years!

Updated: Apr 20

L-R: Elaina, John, Nina, Bryan, Dan, Craig, Kristi, Tim, Jenn, and Jeff.

Time flies when you're having fun and this year marks our 30th Anniversary educating climbers at the New River Gorge and beyond. Read to the end for a special offer to thank you for your support over the last three decades.

NRMG was started back in 1994 by local guide book author Steve Cater and Roxanna Brock. It went through a few ownership changes through the years, but since 2001 it's been owned and operated by Elaina Arenz and managed by Jeffery Hearn. They've been a constant presence in the New River Gorge climbing scene, while others have come and gone.

Together, they've put together an all star team of AMGA Certified Climbing Instructors and Guides, who are dedicated to providing all of our clients five star service. Just read some of our reviews and you'll get the idea that when it comes to choosing the most knowledgable climbing guides in the New River Gorge, there's only one choice.

Our Mission:

To educate our clients through personalized instruction by AMGA Certified Instructors and Guides.


Our strategy is to offer customized and personalized instruction to all of our clients. No two trips are alike, our team will determine how to best serve you based on your experience, goals, and trip length.

Our goal is to educate and mentor climbers of all abilities and experience levels, so that they can become self-sufficient, responsible for their own safety, be proficient with technical systems, have a greater awareness of risk management, and be stewards of the climbing environment. 

We always lead by example and it’s our goal to be educators and ambassadors to the New River Gorge climbing community. As a Certified AMGA Instructor orGuide, we take pride in being role models who stay up to date on industry best practices to be effective educators and exemplary risk managers.

We're excited to offer a couple of new group courses this season. These courses take place in a small group setting to make them more affordable to learn the skills you'd need to know to be a more competent climber so you can feel more confident climbing on your own. Check them out:

And now for the Special offer: Use discount code 30BDAY when you book your next trip to save 10%. **Can be applied to Full Day, Half Day, Top Rope Anchors Course, or Sport Lead Climb Course.

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