Mountains provide Earth with natural eye candy, entertainment for adrenaline junkies, and landmarks for lost UFOs to use as navigation tools so they don’t have to ask for directions at gas stations. Climb up the next best thing to a space compass with today's Groupon: for $125, you get a day-long guided climbing trip with Ragged Mountain Guides (up to a $250 value). Climbers meet at Starbucks on New Britain Avenue in Plainville before departing for Ragged Mountain in Southington.
Under the highly experienced and American Mountain Guides Association-certified professional instructor Matt Shove, Ragged Mountain Guides leads climbers of all skill levels through the peaks and valleys of the Traprock region, including the Shawangunk Mountains, Mount Washington Valley, Adirondack Park, and the Catskills. Full-day tours last between six to eight hours, beginning with careful instruction on technique, equipment, and navigation. Afterward, prospective cliff-scalers head out to Ragged Mountain to begin the guided climb one-on-one with the instructor, unless a nosy mountain goat pays for a lift.
Trek up Rattlesnake, Wolf Rock, White Stone Cliff, and numerous other cliffs near Ragged Mountain. Upon arrival at the rock's apex, climbers can take in expansive views of Mother Nature's handiwork while admiring their newly toned muscles and freshly acquired mountain-manipulating knowledge.
Ragged Mountain Guides
Founded by American Mountain Guides Association–certified instructor Matt Shove, Ragged Mountain Guides teaches its climbing pupils the techniques and tools needed to scale the natural terrain of the Traprock region. Rock-climbing adventures illuminate how to handle rope and repel down mountain cliffs even when their escalators are broken. As seasonal temperatures drop, guides turn their attention to ice and alpine climbing, which challenges mountaineers to swing their axe and scale vertical ice. Students master increasingly advanced techniques until they can tackle cliffs on their own, and the most dedicated climbers can enroll in guide-certification programs. Matt Shove's expertise has also been tapped by organizations such as the U.S. Coast Guard, and he regularly repels into the offices of Climberism magazine to contribute articles.
275 New Britain Ave.
Plainville, Connecticut 06062Get Directions