Petit Grepon: The South Face

The Petit Grepon, Glacier Gorge, Rocky Mountain National Park

Rappelling on the Petit GreponPetit Grepon Alpine Rock Course:
This 2 day course focuses on preparing to and climbing a multi pitch alpine route in Rocky Mountain National Park. By the end, students will have experienced alpine rock route in RMNP. This course covers the logistics required to climb a multi pitch rock route with a planned bivy the night before the climb: bivy permits, light weight camp set ups, food planning. Plus efficiency on a multi pitch rock climb, including climbing signals and communication, multi pitch prep: route finding and risk management. This course is designed to give intermediate climber the experience of climbing alpine rock route in RMNP. The South Face III 5.8 on Petit Grepon is a popular objective for this course.
Rock Climbing Guides on The Petit Grepon, Rocky Mountain National Park

Course Details


Proficient at top roping, experienced lead belaying, physical ability to hike 5 miles with overnight pack.


2 days , 8am – 6pm and Alpine start to 5pm


2 days (1 overnight)

Maximum Ratio:


Minimum Age:

Please call to register participants under 18

Price includes & Excludes:

Bivy permit, bivy sac, camping stove and climbing equipment.

Meeting location:

Colorado Mountain School
341 Moraine Avenue
Estes Park, CO 80517

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1: Plan for a multi-day alpine climbing outing. Hike into Loch Vale in RMNP (4.9 miles). Set up bivy camp at Sky Pond below Petit Grepon and prepare for the next day’s climb.

Day 2: Alpine start to climb the South Face III 5.8 on Petit Grepon. Hike out (6 miles) to the trail head.



With a sixteen-bed lodge available exclusively to Colorado Mountain School students, you can spend your entire weekend in Estes Park without the hassle of commuting. Our lodge is conveniently located in downtown Estes Park with a full kitchen, WiFi and hot showers. Lodging must be book separately for $30/night. Please call our office for reservations.