This mega-classic climb features some of the best climbing at the 5.8 grade, and definitely some of the best rock climbing in Eldorado Canyon State Park. Brilliant finger cracks, strenuous offwidths, airy traverses, and steep jug hauling are the name of the game here. For those that want to bump the difficulty up a grade, the Rover variation on pitch 2 is pretty awesome and incredibly steep!

Ruper was first climbed in the early 1960’s by the legendary Layton Kor and his climbing partners Ed Risley and Bob Culp. Over the years, Ruper has always been considered one of the canyon classics with its large variety of climbing and hair-raising exposure. A quick approach hike and easy descent make this big multi pitch route about as nice as a day of sport cragging!


More information:

  • Recommended experience level: intermediate to advanced
  • This is a strenuous climb
  • 6 pitches, 5.8+
Course Dates Price Location Course Length Difficulty Rating
Course DatesAvailable all year round PriceStarting at $419 per person LocationBoulder, CO Course Length8:00am to 4:00pm Difficulty Rating5/10
  • One of our favorite routes in Eldorado Canyon
  • This is a very adventurous day
  • 6 pitches of spectacular climbing on crisp edges, crack systems, steep jugs, and exhilarating traverses
  • Some of the best climbing photos in the canyon
Price Includes


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


  • 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)
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