A successful ascent of the Matterhorn by any route is a sterling achievement. It is a long hard day of up to 12 hours of sustained mountaineering where very high levels of fitness and stamina are required, as well as safe and efficient movement skills scrambling and climbing over technical terrain up to 5.7 in grade.
The Colorado Front Range has the perfect training ground of rock and alpine objectives to help in the unique training preparation needed for a successful ascent. As a technical alpine rock and snow/ice climb, The Matterhorn requires climbers to have previous experience rock climbing (5.7 grade) in boots and being comfortable climbing on steep firm snow and ice. Along with the technical level, summit day on the Matterhorn is an extremely physical day requiring climbers to be in excellent physical condition.
Join CMS guides that are familiar with the Matterhorn, as we utilize the excellent and unique training grounds of Eldorado Canyon; the Flatirons; and Rocky Mountain National Park to help you develop your scrambling and rock climbing skills on terrain very similar to the Hornli Ridge on the Matterhorn.
This is an ideal way to hone your skills while climbing classic Colorado alpine routes as well as further developing a strong alpine skill level and top physical conditioning under the tutelage of one of the CMS guides.
All of our courses can be run as custom outings. If you’re interested in a course, but it doesn’t fit into your schedule, please check out our custom guiding options.
Day 1: AM Gear preparations and review equipment specifics in regards to the unique nature and demands of climbing the Matterhorn. PM spent in Eldorado Canyon moving over 3rd and 4th class terrain in rock boots to get familiar with movement techniques, short rope climbing and descending transitions, and Matterhorn pacing.
Day 2: Ascent of 1st (and possibly 2nd) Flatirons above Boulder. Low level 5th class climbing coupled with lots of vertical mileage to practice movement, rope-work, and fitness.
Day 3: Multi-pitch rock climbing route up to 5.7 in Boulder Canyon or Eldorado Canyon to work on movement skills rock climbing in boots at the necessary grade for a successful attempt of the Hornli Ridge
Day 4: Mixed climbing Alpine objective in RMNP such as the Spiral Route on Notchtop OR similar; requiring fast and efficient mountain travel and climbing in boots over mixed 5th class terrain at altitude.
Colorado Mountain School
633 S Broadway St.
Boulder, CO 80305
Colorado Mountain School offers a 16 bunk lodge that is conveniently located upstairs from our office and classroom in downtown Estes Park. The lodge features a full kitchen, WiFi, a lounge and hot showers. Reserve a bed now for just $40 per night (plus tax).
We believe that your training is best taught by combining theoretical concepts and experiential learning. Some topics are best learned in a comfortable classroom setting and others in the mountains, moving through terrain. You’ll have both.
The first portion of your course will be conducted in a classroom setting. In the interest of health and safety for our students and instructors, classroom format for the 2020/21 season may include e-learning and/or group video discussions in an effort to limit close contact in closed spaces.
The majority of your course will take place in the mountains where we will learn in an open-air environment. You should be prepared, mentally and physically, to stay immersed in the backcountry for up to eight hours. You will be assigned to a small pod consisting of one Instructor and a maximum of six students to allow intimate instruction and physical distancing.The nature of this pandemic requires us to be flexible and adaptable in how we deliver a quality training experience. Rest assured, from the moment you enroll all the way up to your course field day(s) and beyond, our instructors will be a part of your learning progression and will provide you with the tools and resources you need to best prepare for your training. If you’d like to learn more about what we are doing to manage COVID-19 risk for our students and guides, please view our FAQ page.
All Upcoming Dates and Locations:
- August 5, 2021 - August 8, 2021 - Matterhorn Prep Climbing Course - Estes Park, Colorado