Destinations include: Boulder, Denver & Estes Park Colorado, Moab Utah & Vedauwoo Wyoming
Colorado Mountain School offers private rock climbing guiding 365 days a year. If you would like to cover the curriculum from a certain course, but can’t make the course date, in a custom outing, we will work around your schedule. If you have a particular objective in mind, we will climb any route on any peak within our permitted terrain.
*up to 4 hours
Ex: Boulder Canyon, Eldorado Canyon, Mary's Lake
1 Person = $250
2 People = $175 each
3 People = $150 each
4 People = $125 each
5 People = $115 each
6 People = $100 each
*Up to 8 hours
ex: The Flatirons, Eldorado Canyon, Boulder Canyon, Lumpy Ridge
1 Person = $385
2 People = $275 each
3 People = $250 each
4 People = $225 each
5 People = $200 each
6 People = $175 each
Alpine 2 day
Ex: keyhole, keyhole ridge, petit grepon, hallet, sharkstooth
1 Person = $550
2 People = $425 each
3 People = $375 each
More than 3 People, Please Call
Alpine 3 Day
ex: ThE Diamond, Kiener's, Blitzen Ridge, LInk-ups
1 Person = $675
2 People = $550 each
More than 2 People, Please Call
- Flatirons Classic Climb
The Flatirons Classic Climb is a discounted guided climb that we offer on select Wednesdays throughout the summer. These climbs typically ascend the First or Third Flatiron – two of the most iconic formations in Boulder, Colorado.
- Lumpy Ridge Classic Climb
The Lumpy Ridge Classic Climb is a discounted guided climb up one of Lumpy Ridge’s amazing rock routes. Nestled on the hillside above Estes Park, Colorado, this is easily of the best crags in Rocky Mountain National Park.
- Eldorado Canyon Classic Climb
The Eldorado Canyon Classic Climb is a discounted guided climb of one of Eldorado Canyon’s incredible rock climbs. Just minutes from Denver and featuring routes over 600 feet tall, Eldo is a playground for climbers of all abilities.
- Petit Grepon: The South Face
One of the 50 North American Classic rock climbs, the Petit Grepon is a spectacular formation that features splitter crack climbing and a summit that is second to none. Deep in Rocky Mountain National Park and high above Sky Pond, find out why this climb is an American Classic.
- The Diamond: Casual Route
Spend a day on the highest big wall in the lower 48. You’ll be tying your rock shoes at 12,800 feet and looking forward to 1,500+ feet of some of the best rock that Colorado has to offer. For those willing to hike, The Diamond of Longs Peak holds some of the best climbing in American West.
- Spearhead: North Ridge
One of the most iconic formations in Rocky Mountain National Park, Spearhead features sustained climbing at moderate grades in beautiful Glacier Gorge with bivy sites that will make your overnight a pleasant camping experience.
Rock Climbing in Colorado
Rock climbing is about fun and adventure, and no place tops our backyard for its incredible variety of world-class climbing – Eldorado Canyon, Boulder Canyon, The Flatirons and Rocky Mountain National Park. These places are where the outdoors is still king, the sky is open and blue, and classic climbs abound.
The corridor between Denver and Estes Park, Colorado (Boulder being the hub) offers some of the most accessible climbing anywhere. You can start your day in Boulder (5,400′), climb Longs Peak (14,259′) by one of its 120-plus routes, and be back in time for dinner.
The Yellow Spur, Petit Grepon, Longs Peak and The First Flatiron are just a few of the scores of routes, spires and peaks famous for reasons that are obvious once you climb them. Rocky Mountain National Park holds a lifetime’s worth of rock faces – from splitter cracks to coarse slabs, and everything in between. The impeccable granite of Lumpy Ridge keeps any climber entertained. In Eldorado Canyon, over 600 routes lace the angular sandstone walls. And then there are the spectacular Flatirons in Boulder, rising like thousand-foots spikes out of the base of the Rockies, with climbing at grades accessible to almost everyone. Yvon Chouinard called the East Face of the Third Flatiron, 1,300 feet long and rated 5.4, “The finest beginner’s climb in the country.”
But there’s more to it – a spirit of the West, a culture that values recreation, takes its time and considers what you have to say. As one of our Swiss clients, Douwe van den Oever, said: “Climbing here is fun. In Europe it’s over-organized; everything is bolted; guiding has become a routine. Here things are fresh. Guides are professional yet passionate, and natural climbing lines remain free.”
Climbers have always felt at home here. Yosemite pioneer Tom Frost wrote in the original edition of the classic book, Climb!, back in 1977: “Colorado’s cliffs, located on the spine of the continent, have become the crossroads of American climbing. …It is felt by many that Colorado is the subculture center of the climbing community; where climbing is a more serious way of life, and lived more fully by sizable numbers of participants, than any other place in the nation.” You’ll feel welcome too.
All this, with 300 days of sunshine a year, make Boulder, Colorado a climber’s paradise. On any given day, at local crag or gym, you could find yourself alongside climbing legends Lynn Hill, Tommy Caldwell, Roger Briggs or other inspiring climbers. They’re all here for the same reasons: world-class rock climbing, world-class fun. It’s like Jeff Achey wrote in the 2002 edition of Climb!: “Writers go to New York. Actors go to Hollywood. Climbers go to Colorado.”
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*Colorado Mountain School offers rock climbing courses and custom guiding under special use permits from Jefferson County Open Space, Eldorado Canyon State Park, City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, and Rocky Mountain National Park.