Rock Climbing Courses

Increase Your Climbing Ability & Expand Your Skill Set

Are you ready to learn new climbing skills? New to the sport and looking to learn? We offer multiple rock climbing courses which focus on different aspects of climbing. We teach both technical skills such as Self Rescue as well as climbing movement classes such as Crack Climbing. Whether you are just looking for a refresher or eager to learn new skills, we can help take your climbing to the next level. Many of our course locations are within a short drive from Denver, Golden, and Boulder. All of our rock climbing courses are run at a 5:1 ratio to ensure you walk away with the best possible experience.

Did you miss the climbing course you really wanted to take? We can always offer any course as a Private Day instead. Contact Us to set up a Private Day.

Intro to Rock Climbing

Don't miss your opportunity to scale impossible looking rocks for the 1st time! We'll teach you the basics and so much more.

Intro to Rock Climbing

 

Don't miss your opportunity to scale impossible looking rocks for the first time!  Rock climbing is quickly becoming more and more popular and we can show you why. Are you interested in learning the sport? We'll teach you the basics and much more! In this class, you'll learn the basic skills needed to begin rock climbing such as tying climbing knots, how to belay, techniques and movement for scaling the vertical realm and more! We'll also point you in the right direction to continue your rock climbing journey.

This introductory rock climbing class is co-taught by both an AMGA Certified Rock Guide and Single Pitch Instructor, so you know you are in good hands!  There will be plenty of time to ask questions, practice skills, and see what all the fun is about.  No experience is necessary for this course.  Perfect for beginners that have never tried rock climbing before, or have climbed a few times in a climbing gym.

Let us "Show you the ropes!"

 

Gym to Crag

Transitioning from indoors to outdoors can be daunting, but we can show you the skills and knowledge to successfully climb at your local crag.

Gym to Crag

 

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.

This climbing class is co-taught by both an AMGA Certified Rock Guide and Single Pitch Instructor, 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!

Prerequisites:
Some experience with indoor or outdoor climbing.

Recommended: Intro to Rock Climbing

 

Intro to Trad

Learn to trad climb by covering the basics and more. Gear placement, anchor construction, and leading are all covered in this 2 day course.

Intro to Trad

 

The Intro to Trad course is for climbers who have mastered the basics and want to take their climbing to the next level.  Throughout this two day course, you will learn the necessary skills to climb both single and multi pitch trad routes while learning new technical systems and practicing movement skills. There is a strong emphasis in this course on gear placement and anchor construction.

In this course, you'll have plenty of time to ask questions, practice skills, and apply them in new ways.  Practice makes perfect and we guarantee there will be lots of time to hone your new trad climbing skills under the watchful eye of an AMGA Certified Rock Guide.

Prerequisites:
Participants should have prior experience with lead climbing and be comfortable climbing up to a 5.8 on a top rope.  Previous experience with basic climbing systems such as belaying is required. We recommend our Gym to Crag Course and Learn to Lead Course, or schedule a privately guided day to catch up! 

Self Rescue

Do you know how to save your climbing parter if something goes terribly wrong? Learn all about climbing self rescue and be prepared.

Self Rescue

 

Self rescue is a must for all climbers, regardless of the terrain you choose to play in.  Whether your partner took a falling rock to the helmet, or your sport climbing buddy jumped on a 230 foot single pitch route with a 200 foot rope, you need to know how to handle any scenario that comes your way.  With lots of opportunities for hands on practice, you'll walk away from this one day clinic with the confidence to rescue your partner from any situation.

This is a hands on class where you will have plenty of time to practice, ask questions, and apply skills in new ways.  Instructor demonstrations coupled with hands on experience is a great way to put it all together.

In this course, you'll have plenty of time to ask questions, practice skills, and apply them in new ways.  Practice makes perfect and we guarantee there will be lots of time to hone your self rescue skills under the watchful eye of an AMGA Certified Rock Guide and Single Pitch Instructor.

Prerequisites:

Participants should be able to comfortably climb 5.8 outdoors on a top rope as well as have experience with basic climbing systems such as belaying.  Previous leading experience is strongly recommended, but not required.

 

Anchors

Knowing how to build solid anchors is one of the most important skills a climber can know. Learn different types of anchors and feel confident.

Anchors

 

The Anchors clinic is designed for climbers who want a better understanding of how to build many different climbing anchors.  This course covers both traditional anchors as well as bolted anchors and natural anchors.  This day long course is packed with tips and tricks for how to efficiently build solid anchors.  You'll definitely feel confident in your anchor building skills after this course!

Anchors are a critical part of our climbing system, and knowing how to build solid anchors is an investment every climber should make. In this course, you'll have plenty of time to ask questions, practice skills, and apply them in new ways.  Practice makes perfect and we guarantee there will be lots of time to hone your anchor building skills under the watchful eye of an AMGA Certified Rock Guide and Single Pitch Instructor.

Prerequisites:

Some experience with indoor or outdoor climbing. We recommend our Gym to Crag Course and our Intro To Trad Course.

Learn to Lead

Take the next step outdoors and learn to lead sport routes! This action packed class takes confident top-ropers and turns them into new leaders.

Learn to Lead

 

Are you ready to start leading outdoors? This course will show you the necessary skills need to lead sport routes. Everything from back-clipping to bailing off a route is covered in this 2 day course. The goal is for you to walk away with the skills and confidence to lead a route by yourself. There are many chances within this course to practice skills, ask questions, and work through common problems while leading.

This is a hands on class where you will have plenty of time to practice, ask questions, and apply skills in new ways.  Instructor demonstrations coupled with hands on experience is a great way to put it all together. Practice makes perfect and we guarantee there will be lots of time to hone your leading skills under the watchful eye of an AMGA Certified Rock Guide and Single Pitch Instructor.

Prerequisites:

Participants should be able to comfortably climb 5.8 outdoors on a top rope as well as have experience with basic climbing systems such as belaying.

Crack Climbing

Cracks are the natural avenues to the vertical world and knowing how to climb them lets us reach even greater heights!  Spend the day learning how to make tape gloves, climbing cracks of all sizes, and how to enjoy doing it.

Crack Climbing

 

Crack climbing is an acquired taste and is definitely a little different than face climbing. Knowing how to jam cracks is an important skills and with practice, will increase how hard you climb.  Everything from tips to off-width is covered in this day long climbing course. In this class, you'll have plenty of time to ask questions, practice skills, and apply them to cracks of all different sizes.  Practice makes perfect and we guarantee there will be lots of time to practice.

This is a hands on class where you will have plenty of time to practice jamming cracks.  Instructor demonstrations coupled with hands on experience is a great way to put it all together.

In this course, you'll have plenty of time to ask questions, practice skills, and apply them in new ways.  Practice makes perfect and we guarantee there will be lots of time to hone your crack climbing skills under the watchful eye of an AMGA Certified Rock Guide and Single Pitch Instructor.

Prerequisites:

Participants should be able to comfortably climb 5.6 outdoors on a top rope as well as have experience with basic climbing systems such as belaying.

 

Moab Skills & Scenery

Want to become a stronger climber? Then this is the course for you! This course is designed to take newer climbers and turn them into full blown rock warriors.

Moab Skills and Scenery

 

Moab is renowned for its incredible rock climbing on picturesque sandstone carved by the mighty Colorado River and is a great venue to increase your climbing confidence, movement skills, and technical know-how.

Day 1
After meeting your guides and the rest of the course participants, we will head out for a full day of climbing.  We will work on movement skills on both face and crack climbs along with a review of belaying, rope management, and knots.  Strong movement skills equal safety while rock climbing.

Day 2
We will lay the foundation for artificial (trad) anchors, bolted anchors, gear placement, natural anchors, and rappelling.  You will then get a chance to stretch those muscles and climb while putting to use what you just learned.

 

Day 3
This is a rest day to recover and prepare for the last two days of the clinic.  Instead of climbing today, we will descend a slot canyon with numerous obstacles and rappels.

Day 4
We will get an early start and climb a desert tower appropriate to the groups skill set.  We will work on multi pitch skills with a strong emphasis on transitions.

Day 5
It's time to lead!  Today, we will focus on the natural progression of lead climbing.  We will cover leading on both bolts and gear and you'll have plenty of time to practice.  We will end the day, and course, with a thorough debrief.

In this course, you'll have plenty of time to ask questions, practice skills, and apply them in new ways.  Practice makes perfect and we guarantee there will be lots of time to hone your climbing skills under the watchful eye of an AMGA Certified Rock Guide.

Prerequisites:

Participants should be able to comfortably climb 5.9 outdoors on a top rope as well as have experience with basic climbing systems such as belaying.  A strong base level of fitness is required for this course.

Bigwall Climbing

Is El Cap or Half Dome in your future? This 4 day course is a perfect intro to the skills and equipment needed to climb big walls.

Bigwall Climbing

 

Have you ever dreamed of sleeping on the side of a wall? Our Bigwall Climbing Course takes solid trad leaders and gives them new aid climbing skills, rope trickery, and a solid understanding of anchors and how to avoid the dreaded bigwall cluster. Skills such as hauling systems, packing a haulbag, and leading/seconding an aid pitch are covered in the 4 day class. We can show you how not to be part of the ~50% bail rate on El Cap!

In this course, you'll have plenty of time to ask questions, practice skills, and apply them in new ways.  Practice makes perfect and we guarantee there will be lots of time to hone your bigwall climbing skills under the watchful eye of an AMGA Certified Rock Guide.

Prerequisites:

Participants should be able to comfortably climb 5.9 trad outdoors on lead as well as have experience anchors.  A strong base level of fitness is required for this course.

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