• Connor Logan

Frequently asked questions before during and after your trip.

I spend lots of time answering questions so I made a post with some of the questions that I get asked on a daily basis. If you don't see your question here feel free to reach out to us over email or phone. (both provided at the bottom of the GMG web-sight).

Q: Why should I hire a guide?

A: While there are a whole host of reasons to hire a guide, here are some of my personal favorites: 1) When climbing is done right it can be done very safely, but climbing without the proper equipment and training is extremely dangerous. Hiring a guide lets us take on and mitigating the risk associated with climbing so you can just enjoy your day in the mountains. 2) To climb safely you have to do your homework. When you hire a guide, we do all of the homework and you don't have to worry about all of the details needed to climb. 3) Having a guide is the best way to ensure that you will have the best day possible as we have done most of these routes before and can do them quickly and have as much more fun as possible.

Q: When I book a trip with you what should I expect over the next few days?

A: When you book a trip with us the first thing you will get is a confirmation email containing the booking information as well as the price of the trip. You will also get an email with the digital waiver, make sure that you fill these out BEFORE your trip. Your guide will reach out to you before the trip with a packing list as well as reaching out the night before one last time to ensure that you know what to pack, where to be, and answer any questions that you might have. Day of you will meet your guide at the trail head of the climb that you are going to do, then you go climb!

Q: What trip should I do?

A: I refrain from making blanket statements, but the trip that you do depends on your climbing ability, your physical readiness, and interests. For the most part this process is completely up to you, if you want to climb something we will do our best to get you up it. That said here are some guidelines for some of our climbs: clear creek canyons is great for beginners as it has some of the easiest approaches, is the close to town and people generally seem to have a good time. Eldorado canyon is harder climbing as well as requiring traditional protection so more advanced climbers tent to enjoy it, along with the ability to climb some classic routes. For experienced climbers who want to try something new ice climbing and alpine objectives are loads of fun and a cool new take on the sport. If you still just can't decide there is always someone standing by the phone ready to help you pick a climb.

Q: What should I bring?

A: Your guide will reach out to you with the details on what you should bring to your day of climbing depending on the trip you pick. Here are some of the basics of what to bring: 1) Sturdy shoes, while we do provide climbing shoes you will be “approaching” (walking up to) the wall that you are going to climb in your shoes which can include a rather difficult louse hike, so sturdy hiking shoes are strongly recommended. 2) 15-30 liter backpack, your guide will carry most of the climbing gear but you will be expected to carry your helmet, shoes, harness, as well as water and other things. 3) 2 liters of water, while this may change depending on the trip, we recommend bringing 2 liters of water because it stinks when you run out. 4) A good coat, bring a good coat so you are ready for Colorado's dynamic weather. 5) Clothes that you can move in, Climbing in skinny jeans is do-able but not much fun.

Q: Who will my guide be?

A: Guide availability changes on a daily basis, but all of the guides that we employ are AMGA certified guides. Many of them have decades of experience in the mountains, and no matter who you get they are all great. If you do want a specific guide you can request them when you book your trip and we will do our best to work with that request.

Q: What if I am afraid of heights?

A: No one can ensure that you will not be scared, climbing can be a intense sport. But this does not mean that you should not try, getting to the top of a scary climb can be one of the most rewarding things that you can do. That said climbing feels different than simply looking over the edge of a cliff, when you are tied in to a rope and wearing a harness you can not physically fall more than an inch even if you try to. Additionally the activity of climbing takes quite a lot of thought when climbing so you are not thinking about the height of what you are doing and usually having a rewarding experience. Some of the clients that have had the most fun and rewarding days were the ones that came into it terrified about the heights, and left having conquered that fear.

Q: What can I expect from a half day climbing trip?

A: Lots of climbing! We place a large emphasis in teaching every aspect of climbing so you walk away feeling confident in both your abilities and the equipment. After meeting your guide, be prepared for a short hike to the cliff where you will cover all the basics including safety, knots, and how to move on the rocks. Expect to have fun!

Q: What can I expect from a full day climbing trip?

A: Lots of climbing! Full days are a great way to learn and practice skills, climb bigger mountains, and see Colorado from a new perspective. We place a large emphasis in teaching every aspect of climbing so you walk away feeling confident in both your abilities and the equipment. After meeting your guide, be prepared for an arduous hike to the cliff where you will either climb, learn, skills, or work your way up a 1,000 foot cliff and stand on the summit. Full day climbing trips are more physically demanding, but the reward more than makes up for the effort!

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