If you have a bit of climbing experience in the gym, or your friends just took you to the crag for the first time and you’re hooked, join our AMGA trained and certified guides and instructors for a weekend of outdoor skill focused climbing. We are excited to teach you how to start rock climbing outdoors and make the transition from the climbing gym!

We get it, climbing outside can be intimidating, but it’s the most rewarding experience out there. Colorado is beautiful, and there is no better way to see it than dangling high above a hiking trail on an awesome classic climb. There are a lot of mountains to climb in Colorado, and feeling confident in your outdoor climbing ability will enable you to conquer even the most challenging peaks or sport routes you’ve only dreamed of.

When you are outdoors, it’s up to you to determine the most efficient, and ultimately, secure way to complete a climb. In this course, we’ll cover the basics of anchor building, risk management in the outdoor setting, route reading, and much more. The two-day format allows for more time to ask questions, and develop the specific skills you want to cover with our guides. The best way we’ve found to become a better outdoor rock climber is to, well, climb outside!

Being able to efficiently move through the mountains with confidence can be complicated, but the more tools you have in your tool belt, the easier it becomes to problem solve on the fly. Since you’ve been climbing in the gym a little bit, you understand how to move your body – awesome! Now let’s learn how to read routes, identify holds, spot hazards, read the weather, and crush some sweet sweet Colorado rock!

The Gym to Crag Course is for climbers of all ability levels who are looking to transition from the gym to the inspiring and exciting world of outdoor rock climbing. This two day climbing course helps climbers feel comfortable and confident with the skills and technical rope work that is needed to climb outdoors and is a great stepping stone to our Learn to Lead Climb and Introduction to Trad courses.

This climbing course is taught by AMGA Trained and Certified Guides and Instructors, so you know you are in good hands!  There will be plenty of time to ask questions, practice skills, and learn the differences between the gym and outdoors. Been awhile since you last climbed?  This course is a great refresher and way to stay up to date on new technical skills.

Let us show you the skills needed to make the transition from indoors to outdoors!

Some experience with indoor or outdoor climbing.

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Course Dates Price Location Course Length Difficulty Rating
Course DatesMarch 23-24, 2024 Price$415 LocationClear Creek Canyon Course Length8:00am to 4:00pm Difficulty Rating4/10
Course DatesMay 18-19, 2024 Price$415 LocationClear Creek Canyon Course Length8:00am to 4:00pm Difficulty Rating4/10
Course DatesJuly 13-14, 2024 Price$415 LocationClear Creek Canyon Course Length8:00am to 4:00pm Difficulty Rating4/10
Course DatesSeptember 7-8, 2024 Price$415 LocationClear Creek Canyon Course Length8:00am to 4:00pm Difficulty Rating4/10
  • Learn from a pro! Our guides/instructors have undergone rigorous training and certification to be able to teach you
  • Learn how to take your climbing to the next level by feeling confident outdoors with lots of hands on practice
  • Plenty of time to ask questions and practice new skills
  • You’ll walk away from this course with an understanding of the technical skills needed to climb outdoors
  • Let’s face it…climbing outdoors is way more fun!
Price Includes


  • A professionally trained and/or certified AMGA guide or instructor
  • All necessary climbing equipment including harnesses, helmets, climbing shoes, belay devices, ropes, and protection
  • Professional guiding and instruction throughout the entire day
  • Resources to further your rock climbing journey


  • Transportation. You will be responsible for your own transportation to and from a designated meeting area
  • Gratuity
  • Personal items such as food, clothing, backpack, etc.
  • Entrance fees and parking fees (where necessary)
Topics Covered
  • Anchor construction and types of anchors
  • Safety considerations of outdoor climbing
  • Review of basic climbing skills such as knots and belaying
  • Hazards assessment and risk management strategies
  • Crag etiquette
  • Reading an outdoor route
  • Rappelling and cleaning an anchor
  • Climbing movement
  • Climbing resources as you progress
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