Overview:

Join us for a discounted guided climb up one of Lumpy Ridge’s amazing rock routes.  Experience the splendor of climbing in the cool temperatures and bullet-proof granite of Rocky Mountain National Park! We recommend taking the Introduction to Rock Climbing Course or have similar experience before taking this course.

Prerequisites:

5.6 climber with multi-pitch experience. For those without experience climbing multi-pitch terrain, a multi-pitch prep course is required. This prep is $75, and is offered the evening before each outing from 6-8pm.

Time:

8:00am - 4:00pm

Duration:

8 hours

Maximum Ratio:

3:1

Minimum Age:

Please call to register participants under 18

Meeting location:

Colorado Mountain School
341 Moraine Avenue
Estes Park, CO 80517

Lodging:

With a sixteen-bed lodge available, Colorado Mountain School provides students the opportunity to spend their entire stay in Estes Park without the hassle of commuting. Our lodge is conveniently located in downtown Estes Park and features a full kitchen, WiFi and hot showers. Reserve a bed now for just $40 per night (plus tax).

Routes are not predeterminded.  Our guides will make the decision on the day of the outing based the interests and ability levels of participants.  Potential routes include:

Batman and Robin: Batman and Robin summits the exposed Batman Pinnacle, a mini-Petit Grepon – and exciting and inspiring climb.
Area Information: Batman Pinnacle
Rating: 5.6 – 5.8
Pitches: 3

J-Crack: One of the most sought after climbs at Lumpy Ridge –  a must-do crack climb with a friction crux on the third pitch.
Area Information: The Book
Rating: 5.9 – 5.11
Pitches: 5-6

Kor’s Flake: A moderate classic on the largest cliff in the sub-alpine.  Kor’s offers diverse climbing and frightening exposure. The fourth pitch is superb.
Area Information: Sundance Buttress
Rating: 5.9
Pitches: 5

Magical Chrome Plated Semi-Automatic Enema Syringe: Truly odd name, truly great climb. One can walk off after the second pitch or summit the dome. Mostly moderate slab climbing with a few harder moves passing roofs.
Area Information: The Pear
Rating: 5.7
Pitches: 5

Mainliner: A fantastic route, with crux moves involving a wide stem off opposing corners.  It’s another route featuring diverse climbing—from thin edges, to fingers, to hand and fist jams – a spectacular rock climb
Area Information: Sundance Buttress
Rating: 5.9
Pitches: 5+

Osiris: Much harder and more strenuous than White Whale. The first pitch chimney (rated 5.6) makes you earn the wonderful crux—twin finger cracks through a bulge.
Area Information: The Book
Rating: 5.7
Pitches: 4

Pear Buttress: Every climb on this part of the Book is superb. Pear Buttress features a thin slab start, followed by laybacks and hand jams—great for tuning your technique or just running a lap.
Area Information: The Book
Rating: 5.8
Pitches: 5

White Whale: A superb climb on fantastic rock. Very aesthetic movement on finger cracks and slabs.
Area Information: Left Book
Rating: 5.7
Pitches: 3

Includes:

  • Trained and/or certified guide
  • Group climbing gear
    • Technical hardware – climbing protection, carabiners,etc
    • Ropes
    • Technical softgoods – slings, cordellette, etc
  • Personal climbing gear
    • Harness
    • Helmet
    • Rock shoes
  • Park Entrance Fee

Excludes:

  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Lodging
  • Clothing, backpack and non-technical personal items
  • Rescue Insurance
  • Trip Insurance
  • Gratuity
  • Expenses due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Colorado Mountain School
Item Description Quantity Example Purchase At Rent At Equipment Type
Approach Shoes

These are “hiking” shoes specifically made for approaching and descending from a climbing venue where scrambling is necessary, or even for climbing an entire route. They have sticky climbing rubber on the bottom and a formed fit to influence better climbing abilities while scrambling. Consider high-tops for additional ankles support if needed. Regular hiking boots or athletic shoes may be acceptable for many climbs.

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Men: La Sportiva TX3 Men
Women: La Sportiva TX3 Wmn

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Athletic Tape

Roll of 1.5-2” tape; These are best found at rock climbing gyms or shops such as Neptune Mountaineering. Not all tape works well for climbing - gear shops have usually identified a brand that works well - the local pharmacy has not.

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Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Backpack: 18-25 liter

This small pack is carries one’s approach shoes, water, food, extra layers, and toilet kit on the route. This pack should close completely so that no items can fall out.

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CAMP M2 20L

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Belay Gloves

Leather gloves, either full fingered or fingerless. These protect your hands from rope wear when belaying or rappelling and keep your hands warm at belays.

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CAMP Axion

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Belay/Rappel Device

Plaquette style devices with auto-block mode are ideal.

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CAMP Piu 2

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Climbing Harness

UIAA/CE approved; With belay loop and gear loops. The waist belt should fit over multiple layers of clothing.

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CAMP Laser CR

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School

Equipment
Climbing Pants, Shorts or Capris

For all seasons, cotton, loose-fitting (or tight, stretchy) pants are usually acceptable for rock climbing. Shorts are acceptable during the summer - though shorts expose the knees and shins to abrasions. New climbers are encouraged to wear pants or capris. A synthetic material (like in softshell pants) may be required by your guide due to potential rain storms.

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Men: Rab Vapour Rise
Women: Rab Upslope

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Cotton Socks

Cotton Socks are acceptable for most rock climbing days. Synthetic and merino wool socks tend to be too hot and make climber’s feet sweat excessively.

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Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Food

Proper lunches that are prepared ahead of time are recommended (sandwich, burrito, leftover pizza, etc), along with an assortment of snack bars, gels, and/or trail mixes. Feeze-dried meals are acceptable on overnight trips, but not day trips.

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Made in Nature, Thrive Tribe

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Lightweight Baselayer Top

Synthetic or Merino Wool; Worn against the skin and is considered a "wicking" layer that facilitates the movement of moisture away from the skin and through the layers. Hooded base layers add extra versatility.

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Men Rab Merino 120 Long Sleeve
Women Rab Merino 120 Long Sleeve

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Lip ScreenSPF 15 or higher.

Non-SPF rated lip balms can actually increase your chances of getting burned.

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Rocky Mountain Sunscreen Lip Balm

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Midweight Baselayer Top

Synthetic or Merino Wool; Adds extra warmth and protection from the cold and wind without creating a moisture barrier as a jacket would. Having at least one base layer that is hooded adds versatility, protecting the neck and ears from cold winds.

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Men Rab Merino 160 Hoody
Women Rab Merino 160 Long Sleeve

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Personal Care Items

Medications, glasses/contacts, feminine products, etc.

1 Optional
Rock Climbing Helmet

UIAA/CE approved; Should be large enough to fit over a beanie. Plastic helmets are more durable, but heavier. Foam helmets are lighter, but more easily damaged when carried in a pack.

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CAMP Titan

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School

Equipment
Rock Climbing Shoes

Technical rock shoes are required. For beginning climbers, having a looser fit is advisable. In this case, loose means that toes are touching the front of the shoes when standing, but are not forced against the front of the shoe. In colder weather, thin socks inside climbing shoes are a great option. On long routes, rock shoes should be comfortable enough to wear for day.

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La Sportiva TC Pro

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School; Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Smartphone

Great for taking photos and videos. Smartphone batteries tend to shut down in freezing temps - keep your phone in a warm inner layer. A tether is ideal in the mountains to protet against dropping your phone.

1 Optional
Softshell/Fleece Jacket

Water-resistant, windproof, yet it "breaths," which means it allows moisture to move through. Hoods are ideal. There are multiple thicknesses of Softshell jackets. A lightweight or medium-weight jacket is preferred. Fleece jackets are acceptable.

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Men: Rab Alpha Direct
Women: Rab Alpha Direct

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Sports Bra

Provides support and allows for full range of motion

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North Face Beyond the Wall

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Sun Hat

A billed hat to keep the sun at bay during the approach and descent.

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Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Sunglasses

"Wrap-Around" style sunglasses with 100% UV Protection.

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Julbo Stunt

Julbo

Equipment
SunscreenSPF 30 or higher.

Travel size.

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Rocky Mountain Sunscreen SPF 50

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Water Bottles

1 liter bottles are the standard. Bladders such as Camelbacks and Platypus are acceptable for above freezing temps, but only in conjunction with another bottle. Bladders are not acceptable during sub freezing temps. Sports drinks are also acceptable.

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Nalgene, Hydro Flask

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Waterproof Shell Jacket

Non-insulated, Gore-Tex, Dermizax, Event, or other waterproofing system is required. Mostly, this jacket sits in the bottom of your pack and comes out when the weather gets nasty with precipitation. This jacket should fit over all other layers.

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Men: RAB Latok
Women: RAB Latok

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing