FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the answers to the most frequently asked questions. If you don’t find the question or answer you are looking for, feel free to contact us.

Do I need to have prior climbing experience before I climb with the Colorado Mountain School?
No. We have numerous courses that can fit every ability level. If you are not interested in taking a group course, you can schedule a private outing.

What do I need to bring with me to climb?
What you bring varies based on what your climbing objective is. What you wear rock climbing in the summer is completely different than what you wear ice climbing in the winter. Everyone that works with us will receive a gear list at the time of registration. In general you are responsible for the soft goods (i.e. clothing). We have all the technical gear (i.e. harness, helmet, shoes, etc.) for rent if you don’t already have them.

Is climbing safe?
As our acknowledgment of risk forms and every book on the topic will tell you, climbing has inherent dangers; it is an adventure sport. If you are well trained and are using the correct equipment and technique, then most of the risks of rock climbing can be managed. Risk management is the number one concern at the Colorado Mountain School. If you have questions or concerns, we are always happy to speak with you and answer any questions that you may have.

When do you guide?
We offer custom guiding 365 days a year. Most of our courses fall on the weekends.

Is tipping the guide(s) customary?
Yes. Just like most service industries, our guides do appreciate a gratuity as a way of showing your appreciation and enjoyment. Like all service industry work, 15-20% tip is standard.

Are all your courses outdoors?
Yes. All of our courses are based outdoors, but there are a few courses that do have classroom portions. Our sister company, the Boulder Rock Club, offers a variety of indoor courses and private instruction.

Can kids climb?
Yes. For group courses we ask that kids be accompanied by an adult. For private guiding we encourage an adult to be present.

Do you do group outings?
Yes. We’ve worked with numerous companies and organizations. Climbing is a great way to build camaraderie and enjoy the outdoors.

Do you offer any discounts?
Yes. All return clients receive 5% off on most custom guiding options.

Do you have lodging?
Yes. Our location in Estes Park has 16 beds spread over 3 separate rooms. It also has 3 showers, 3 restrooms, a full size kitchen, and lounge area. It is open to CMS clients only. Our peak season is Memorial Day to Labor Day and December 1 through April 1. It is $30 + tax per person per night.

What are your office hours?
June 1 through September 30: Monday through Saturday, 8:00am till 5:00pm
October 1 through May 31: Monday through Friday, 8:00am till 5:00pm

Where are you located?
Main office: 2829 Mapleton Avenue, Boulder, CO 80301
Estes Park Lodge: 341 Moraine Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517

Looking for answers to other questions?
Call us: 303-447-2804 x3
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