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Sustained and Thought Provoking Climbing

This mega-classic climb features some of the best climbing at the 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 multipitch route about as nice as a day of sport cragging!

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This long moderate classic is one of our favorite multipitch routes in Eldorado Canyon State Park. An ascent of Ruper involves lots of scrambling, airy traverses, and steep jug hauling. Both the lower and upper traverses are sure to grab your attention as you delicately step over the void beneath your feet.

After topping out in the Ruper Saddle, 3 rappels and a little hiking bring you back to the base.

More information:

  • Recommended experience level: intermediate to advanced

  • This is a strenuous climb

  • 6 pitches, 5.8+

  • Priced as a Full Day


  • 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

Price Excludes

  • 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)

Climbing pitch one of Ruper in Eldorado Canyon State Park


1 Person = $415*

2 People = $300*

3 People = $275*

4+ People = Please call for large group rates

*Price is per person

  • Up to 8 hours in length

  • Custom tailored guided climbing and instruction

  • Perfect for: multi-pitch climbing or large groups looking to maximize their time climbing

  • Necessary for areas with long approaches

  • Typical start time is 8am

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