Grey County is located on the Niagara Escarpment, which boosts its superb rock climbing conditions and makes it a natural choice. Challenges range from beginner climbs to full-length expert grades.
Located in the Blue Mountains, Metcalfe Rock is the unofficial centre of all the action. Two separate outfitters operate their rock climbing businesses on the escarpment's unique limestone surface, Free Spirit Tours and Adventure Upwards; two highly certified outfitters provide instructional lessons, all equipment and plenty of encouragement.
The climb heights at Metcalfe Rock range from 20 ft to 80 ft and the rock face runs 500ft in length.
Old Baldy, in the Beaver Valley is a 152-metre drop off the Niagara Escarpment that allows climbing for the experienced but by permit only. Permits should be purchased ahead of time and can be done by contacting the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority.
The Ontario Access Coalition (OAC) is a volunteer, not-for-profit group that works with the climbing community, landowners, conservation authorities and property managers to keep climbing & bouldering areas open in an environmentally responsible manner. www.ontarioaccesscoalition.com
The rock climbing experience can be had by visitors of all ages, and it provides a birds eye view of Grey County's spectacular natural beauty not soon to be forgotten.
There are several companies that offer guided rock climbing and caving adventures:
Free Spirit Tours
On The Rocks Climbing
For more information contact Grey County Tourism for your Outdoor Adventure package.