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Colorado Mountain School is the premier guide service in the Rocky Mountains. We offer custom mountaineering adventures every day of the year. Whether you would like to learn a particular set of skills like crevasse rescue or mountain navigation, or you just want to climb one of the many iconic peaks that Colorado has to offer, we’re here to take you wherever your mountaineer aspirations may lie.

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Overview:

We are lucky to have one of the world’s premiere alpine climbing and mountaineering venues, Rocky Mountain National Park, only a short drive from Denver, Colorado. The Park offers unparalleled access to classic mountaineering objectives and boasts some of the most sought-after summits and routes in the country. We have a lifetime of worthy snow, alpine, and mixed climbing objectives on Longs Peak, Mount Meeker, Notchtop, Flattop and more. Perhaps you want to climb Kiener’s (an ultra-classic mountaineering route on Longs Peak), or to explore a line you’ve been scoping for years.

Whether you’re looking for a multi-day expedition, to tick off one of the many classic routes, or for a fast-and-light, single-day push, one of our highly-trained guides can help you make it happen. Our guides offer instruction to hone your skills safely and efficiently, provide a fun day out in the mountains, and can help you tackle an objective you’ve been dreaming about. We deliver a safe and exciting day in the alpine for beginner climbers looking to learn as well as for experienced climbers looking to push themselves. By booking a custom day of mountaineering you can have a fully personalized experience in the mountains––one that you’ll never forget.

Details:

Colorado Mountain School offers mountain climbing guiding and instruction services in the following locations:

  • Colorado Front Range
    • Denver
    • Boulder
    • Fort Collins
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Estes Park
  • Moab
Item Description Quantity Example Purchase At Rent At Equipment Type
Alpine Quickdraws

24” (shoulder-length) runners with 2 non-locking carabiners per runner (Alpine Draws).

4-8

CAMP 11mm Express Dyneema

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
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.

1

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.

1

Neptune Mountaineering

 

 

Optional
Auto Block

This is a small sewn loop to assist in rappelling. The #1 choice on the market is the Sterling Hollowblock, or the Sterling Autoblock.

1

Sterling Auto Block

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Avalanche Beacon

Modern, digital, three-antennae beacon with fresh batteries.

1

BCA Tracker 2 or 3

 

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School; Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Avalanche Probe

Collapsable metal or carbon rod used to probe avalanche debris while attempting to strike a buried target.

1

BCA Stealth 300

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School; Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Avalanche Rescue Shovel

Ski specific shovel used to dig pits and avalanche rescue. A metal blade is mandatory.

1

BCA B1 Ext

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School; Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Backpack: 20-40 liter

Packs smaller than this tend not to be able to carry the necessary amount of equipment and clothing. Large backpacking packs are acceptable, depending on the climb.

1

CAMP M3 30L

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School

Equipment
Backpack: 35-50 liter

Packs smaller than this tend not to be able to carry the necessary amount of equipment and clothing. Large backpacking packs are acceptable, depending on the climb.

1

CAMP M4 40L

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Baselayer Bottoms

Synthetic or Merino Wool; Lightweight or mid-weight are recommended.

1

Men: Rab Forge Leggings
Women: Rab Forge Leggings

Rab

Clothing
Beanie or Fleece Hat

Should cover the ears and fit under a helmet. Hats with fluff balls on top do not fit under helmets.

1

Rab Logo Beanie

Rab

Clothing
Belay and Rappel Device

Plaquette style devices with auto-block mode are ideal.

1

CAMP Piu 2

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.

1

CAMP Axion

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Bivy Sack

Bivy sacks are required are required for all overnight bivys.

1

Rab Ascent Micdro Bivi

Rab

Colorado Mountain School

Equipment
Bowl, mug, fork, and spoon

Personal utensils

1

Sea to Summit Delta Camp Set

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Climbing Harness

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

1

CAMP Laser CR

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School

Equipment
Climbing Skins

Nylon or mohair. Trimmed and adjusted to fit your skis or splitboard ahead of time.

1

Dynafit Speedskin

Neptune Mountaineering

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Compass

Used for navigation and orientation. A compass with adjustable declination is preferrable.

1

Silva Ranger CLQ

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Cordelette

5m section of 7mm diameter nylon cord. 7mm nylon is the standard for rock climbing, while 6mm cord is acceptable for certain applications in alpine climbing and ski mountaineering due to the lower forces involved.

2

Sterling Cordelette

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Double-length Sewn Runner

48" or 120cm. Used for rappelling, making leashes, and improvised rescue.

1-2

CAMP 11mm Express Dyneema

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Ear Plugs

Sometimes fellow campers snore. Ear plugs may help you get quality rest.

1

Foam ear plugs

Optional
Face Mask (PPE)

Should be made with at least two layers of fabric. Your mask needs to cover your nose and mouth without large gaps. The mask should have ear loops or ties so you can adjust it. Look for a mask with a bendable border at the top so you can mold the mask to fit the bridge of your nose and prevent your glasses from fogging.

2 Clothing
First Aid Kit

Your guide will have an emergency First Aid Kit. You should bring a small kit including blister prevention and care products such as a role of athletic tape and Moleskin. Your kit should also contain a few Band-aids, some Tylenol and Ibuprofen.

1

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Food

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

1

Made in Nature, Thrive Tribe

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Gaiters

These are instrumental when wearing crampons. They protect your softshell pants from getting ripped and keep snow out of your boots.

1

RAB Muztag GORE-TEX® Pro Gaiter

RAb Store

Clothing
Goggles

Protect your eyes and face from wind and sun burn.

1

Julbo Airflux

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Hardshell Pants

These should be non-insulated pants with ankle cuffs wide enough to fit over your ski or ride boots.

1

Men: Rab Khroma Kinetic 2.0 Pant
Women: Rab Women's Khroma Kinetic 2.0 Pants

Rab Stores

Clothing
Headlamp

Load with fresh batteries. Critical for hiking before sunrise and great to have in the pack in case you are caught out after dark.

1

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Heavyweight Waterproof Glove

This glove comes out when the winter going gets cold and wet or at higher altitudes.

1

Men: Pivot GTX Glove
Women: Pivot GTX Glove

Rab Store

Clothing
Hot Drinks

Coffee, tea, hot cocoa are great for warming up when it's cold outside.

1

Cusa Tea; Alpine Start Coffee

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Laptop

Useful for navigation courses, including hiking and ski tour planning.

1 Optional
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.

2

Men: Rab Forge LS Tee
Women: Rab Force LS Tee

Rab

Clothing
Lightweight Gloves

Synthetic; Thin gloves used when hiking the early morning approach. Belay gloves can suffice if full-fingered.

1

Rab Vapour-Rise Glove

Rab Store

Clothing
Lip ScreenSPF 15 or higher.

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

1

Rocky Mountain Sunscreen Lip Balm

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Long and Short Sleeve T-shirt

Cotton or Synthetic and Merino Wool; Bring a variety of short-sleeve or tank tops, and a few long-sleeve. Long sleeve cotton t-shirts can be nice for the crack climbing days. Synthetic shirts are not required for rock climbing, but some may prefer the feel and quick-dry performance.

1

Rab Mantle Tee

Rab Store

Clothing
Mechanical Pencil

Great for taking notes in the field.

1 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.

1

Men: Rab Nexus Jacket
Women: Rab Nexus Jacket

Rab

Clothing
Midweight Softshell Glove

This is the workhorse glove and is most often worn on warmer days when mountaineering. Softshell gloves are water-resistant and durable. They often have leather palms and fingers.

1

Rab Khroma Tour Glove

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Mountaineering Axe

Utilized in ascending or descending snow slopes. Ideal length is variable based on terrain and height of person.

1

CAMP Alpina

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School; Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Mountaineering Boots

Waterproof, insulated, leather or synthetic boots. Two levels of boots can be appropriate depending on the season, conditions, and personal needs. These boots have rigid and semi-rigid soles so they climb rock well and are compatible with crampons. 1. Lightweight (May - October): This is a single-layer, semi-insulated, waterproof boot, such as the La Sportiva Trango Cube. 2. Mid-weight (October - June): This is a single-layer, insulated boot, such as the La Sportiva Nepal.

1

Men: La Sportiva Nepal EVO GTX 0r G5
Women: La Sportiva Nepal Cube GTX Women's or G5

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School; Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Mountaineering Crampons

Steel crampons with horizontal front points are ideal. Must be semi-rigid and compatible with your boots.

1

CAMP Alpinist Universal

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School; Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Neck Gaiter

"Buffs" are quite versatile in their uses. They can be used as light beanies, neck warmers, and can offer face protection from the cold wind or sun.

1

CMS Neck Gaiter

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Non-locking Carabiners

Most climbers prefer wire-gated carabiners due to their light weight and low bulk, among other useful characteristics.

2-3

CAMP Nano 22

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Pear Locking Carabiner

Large on one end to allow hitches to pass through.

3+

CAMP HMS Compact Lock

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Personal Care Items

Medications, glasses or contacts, feminine products, etc.

1 Optional
Personal Toilet Kit

At minimum, bring a small Ziploc with toilet paper. Consider bringing a travel sized package of hand-wipes. Idealy, purchase, or for free from the RMNP Backcountry office, bring a "Rest Stop." The Rest Stop, known as "Blue Bags" in the Pacific Northwest, or the "Wag Bag" in other areas, are poop-in-a-bag systems that include toilet paper and a sanitizing hand wipe.

1

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Prussik Cord

1m of 6mm nylon accessory cord. Tech cord (kevlar, spectra) is not acceptable.

2

Sterling HollowBlock

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
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.

1

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.

1

La Sportiva TC Pro

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School; Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Ski Crampons

Each binding style has ski crampons that fit them specifically.

1

Dynafit Ski Crampons

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Ski Helmet

This item is recommended but not required. We will be skiing in the trees, and in snow conditions where rocks, stumps, and downded logs are present.

1

Camp Speed Comp

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Ski or Snowboard Boots

Footwear should be appropriate to mode of travel i.e. ski, snowboard, or insulated winter boots for snowshoes. For snowshoers, a boot such as the Scarpa Mont Blanc is the minimum level of boot required. Ski Boots should have a walk mode.

1

Scarpa Maestrale RS

Neptune Mountaineering

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Ski or Trekking Poles

Two poles, with powder baskets, are required for all skiers, splitboarders, and snowshoers. It is ideal if poles are ski-specific and collapse small enough to fit onto a pack when climbing.

1

BCA Scepter

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School; Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Ski Straps

18" Rubber or velcro straps to connect skis when attaching them to a pack. Also useful for a variety of in-the-field equipment repairs.

2

BCA Ski Strap

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Skis or Snowboard

Skis should have touring bindings; lightweight tech bindings are ideal. Splitboards are ideal for snowboarders. Snowboarders using resort snowboards will need to have snowshoes and poles.

1

Dynafit Beast 98; Dynafit ST Radical 100

Neptune Mountaineering

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Sleeping Bag (10° to 35°)

Down or synthetic sleeping bag is acceptible.

1

Rab Neutrino 400

Rab Store

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Sleeping pad

Insulated air mattresses or foam are ideal. Uninsulated air mattresses are not recommended.

1

Sea to Summit Comfort Light Insulated

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Slope Meter (Inclinometer)

Used to measure slope angle, this tool is a standard equipment item for any backcountry traveler in avalanche terrain.

1

BCA Slope Meter

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Smart Phone App

There are a plethora of apps that assist in navigation. These apps use your phone's GPS functions and can work in the mountains offline.

1

Avanet; Gaia Maps; Topo Maps

Optional
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
Snow Saw

For cutting columns during snowpack analysis

1

BCA 35cm Snow  Saw

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Snow Study Kit

Crystal card, magnifying lens, thermometers, 2 meter ruler

1

BCA Snow Study Kit

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Softshell and 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.

1

Men: Rab VR Summit Jacket
Women: Rab VR Summit Jacket

Rab

Clothing
Softshell Pants

Softshell material is stretchy, wind-proof, water-resistant, and resists abrasion. Mid-weight is recommended and light-weight pants can work for warm days. Typical thin, nylon "hiking pants" are generally not tough enough.

1

Men: Rab Sawtooth Pants
Women: Rab Women's Sawtooth Pants

Rab Store

Clothing
Sports Bra

Provides support and allows for full range of motion

1

North Face Beyond the Wall

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Sun Hat

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

1

Rab Freight Cap

Rab

Clothing
Sunglasses

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

1

Julbo Shield

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
SunscreenSPF 30 or higher.

Travel size.

1

Rocky Mountain Sunscreen SPF 50

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Synthetic or Down Puffy Jacket

Fits over all other layers and is worn at breaks and on really cold days. Synthetic puffies are more durable, are easily laundered, and dry out quickly if wet. Down puffies are lighter weight, pack smaller, and provide exceptional warmth, but once wet, they stay wet.

1

Men: Rab Electron Pro Jacket
Women: Rab Electron Pro Jacket

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Synthetic or Merino Wool Socks

Wool and synthetic blends are great for long days on the trail. "Ski" and "Snowboard" socks are especially useful when warmth is desired.

2

Point 6 AT Hike Light Crew

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Thermos

Many ice climbers prefer to bring a thermos of hot water or soup instead of one of their water bottles.

1

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Toe Warmers and Hand Heaters

Help keep you warm on particularly cold days.

1

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Toiletries

Bring enough for the trip. Toothpaste & brush, floss, deoderant, lotion, eye drops, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.

1 Optional
Trash Bag

Lining the inside of your pack with a heavy duty trash bag will keep the contents of your pack dry on rainy days.

1 Optional
Trekking Poles

Adjustable and without powder basket.

1-2

CAMP Backcountry

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School

Optional
Watch with Altimiter

An altimeter is very useful in gauging progression of altitude gain or loss when climbing, and especially when visibility is decreased due to weather. Many Altimeter watches have compasses or GPS tracking functions.

1

Suunto Vector; Suunto Core

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
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.

2

Nalgene, Hydro Flask

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Water Purification Tablets

Iodine or Chlorine-based treatments; To keep packs light in the summer during early morning approaches, your guide may suggest only carrying a liter or two of water, with the plan to refill during the day at a stream.

6 tabs/day

Aquamira, Potable Aqua

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
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.

1

Men: Rab Downpour Eco Waterproof Jacket
Women: Rab Women's Downpour Eco Waterproof Jacket

Rab

Clothing

7 reviews for Mountaineering Guiding

  1. Mary Ann Paliani

    I want to commend Bob Chase and Sarah Janin for their extraordinary professionalism and competence while guiding my climb up Long’s Peak via the North Face on August 27, 2019. Throughout the entire climb they exhibited incredible patience, support of my efforts, teamwork, and attention to safety. Although I have trained with Bob for some time, as well as with Sarah and two of your other excellent guides (Bernardo Beteta and Ryan Pedersen), none of us knew how well, at the age of 84, I would tolerate the altitude, as well as the stress associated with climbing for 16 hours. But they worked with me, had faith in me, and we finally pulled it off. Also, I want to give special recognition to Bob for the flawless manner in which he planned, organized and executed the entire project. While I have climbed in Patagonia (Torres del Paine), climbed seven fourteeners in my younger days, and participated in two treks in the Himalayas years ago, nothing compares with this mountaineering experience. You should be very proud of your guides and the quality experience they provided me.
    All the best,
    Mary Ann Paliani

  2. Dwight Stanford (verified owner)

    My wife and I used the CMS for a hike up the north face of Longs Peak which has some technical aspects. After a 1/2 day training session of rock climbing, knot tying and rappelling with Ryan, we successfully summited the highest peak in RMNP with our very professional and personable guide. It was “peak experience”, if you’ll forgive the pun and an outing we will never forget.
    Hello, this is Dwight’s wife, Maryse, adding my part about yesterday’s wonderful experience.
    In situations like these, involving some moments of vulnerability & a pinch of fear occasionally, the person on whom one relies for guidance, someone you have not known for a long time, of course to a large extent determines what the dynamic, the mood of the day will be like. A guide plays an important part on many levels, both related to the technical & practical aspects as well as those human, more difficult to define elements.
    Ryan’s personality is exceptionally well suited to shepherding his flock! He has a long list of personal accomplishments under his harness, so you can feel 100% safe–but he is also a great and kind teacher, and a substantial person at only 30 years old, with whom you can have meaningful conversation.
    We thank Ryan from the bottom of our hearts for caring as much as he did to make this into a beautiful & indelible memory. He’ll be thought & spoken of always when recounting our story!

  3. Shai Simchi (verified owner)

    Another day in paradise!!!
    After recently taking the intro to mountaineering course that was amazing I decided to also go on another guided adventure to continue learning about the mountain and to also test all the gear I got for this new hobby of mine – mountaineering.
    Going with the recommendation of the amazing guide Ian Fowler, we chose Sharkstooth as the peak to conquer.
    A day later and I am still on top of the world, after climbing to the Sharkstooth Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park yesterday.
    The day was absolutely incredible and I still can’t believe I did it! Ian was amazing and I felt safe every second of the way even as a newbie climber.
    Just like my first experience with Ian and with Colorado Mountain School – I want more and that is what counts.
    Do not hesitate to book anything with these guys – you will not regret it.

  4. Shai Simchi (verified owner)

    Best yet!
    This is my 4th outing with Colorado Mountain School and with Ian and it just keeps getting better!
    On 11/22/20 Ian guided me to summit Long’s peak through the north face route (old cable route), in winter conditions!
    We had to cancel the week before due to crazy winds but this time around we lucked out and there was almost no wind so we were just left to deal with the cold temps, snow and ice.
    Some people told me that taking on Longs in the winter is something I shouldn’t do even with a guide as I am just a beginner mountaineering enthusiast, but since I have already worked with Ian before, I trust him with my life and had no doubt he will only take me out there if it is safely doable for my experience level.
    What an amazing day we had! The conditions meant there weren’t a lot of people out there so we almost had the mountain to ourselves and we were definitely alone on the summit!
    During the weeks leading to this Ian helped me with gear recommendations and they were all spot on. Good gear that fits, that is comfortable and keeps you warm makes an amazing difference on a day like this and that is exactly what it was. I was warm, comfortable and I was having a blast.
    And as I always have more questions during and after such adventures, Ian has been amazing at answering every single question I had and is an amazingly knowledgeable resource for me.
    At the end of every such experience I ask myself – did it make me want more of this? If the answer is yes then it is a success.
    In this cases the answer was not only yes, it was a YES.
    I came down from that mountain very tired and sore but it was one of the best adventures of my life!
    Thanks Colorado Mountain School and thanks again Ian!
    Till we meet again 😉

  5. Henry Kirkeide (verified owner)

    I attended a 2 day intro to mountaineering course and it was fantastic! We worked on skills the entire first day, and put those skills to the test on my first climb ever on day number 2! I couldn’t be more happy with the experience! The instructor Jesse was extremely knowledgeable and safety conscious. They provided the equipment needed, and took me through the entire process from preparation to summit! I will definitely be working with the Colorado mountain school in the future, and I would recommend them to beginners and experienced climbers alike.

  6. Alexey Miroshnikov (verified owner)

    My wife and I climbed the Dreamveawer route on Meeker with Dylan Reed. The climb went extremely well and we reached the summit. Crucially, Dylan ensured that both of us were safe at all times, especially at the most difficult places. He communicated his instructions extremely well so that the climb would go smoothly. In addition, Dylan provided educational instructions, which we really appreciate. Having tried this route before (in 2014) and failing, we were happy we could finally do the whole route (thanks to Dylan). We would highly recommend climbing with Dylan!
    Alexey and Liudmila.  

  7. Peter Merrion (verified owner)

    Recently was able to do the Kiener’s Route on Longs Peak with CMS guide Ian Fowler, and as is typical with CMS, top notch experience all around. We had great communication leading into the climb, and on the day of, Ian did a good job of managing leading the route but also taking the time to answer questions on technique, anchors etc. It is nice to be able to learn on these types of outings and great to have a professional to help achieve a big goal of mine in RMNP!

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Day Type Descriptions and Prices

  • Typically up to 4 hours in length.
  • Standard meeting time is 8AM, though alternative start times are sometimes necessary.
  • This option is great for a half day of mountaineering skills instruction.  We’ll spend the morning practicing skills like belaying, rappelling or self arresting. No climbing takes place on a half day mountaineering option – skill instruction only.
  • Ex: Mary’s Lake
1 Person = $299*
2 People = $219*
3 People = $189*
4 People = $159*
5 People = $139*
6+ People = $129*
*Price Per Person
  • Typically up to 8 hours in length.
  • Standard meeting time is 8AM, though alternative start times are sometimes necessary.
  • This option is great for a full day of mountaineering instruction for individuals as well as groups.  We can spend the day focusing on instructing a particular set of skills like crevasse rescue or mountain navigation. No climbing takes place on a half day mountaineering option – skill instruction only.
  • Ex: Emerald Lake Zone, Trail Ridge Road

1 Person = $429*
2 People = $329*
3 People = $289*
4 People = $259*
5 People = $229*
6+ People = $219*
*Price Per Person

  • Typically up to 8 hours in length.
  • Standard meeting time is 8AM, though alternative start times are sometimes necessary.
  • This option is great for a full day of practicing climbing on dry rock in mountaineering boots.  We’ll spend the day climbing longer routes in places like Eldorado Canyon State Park or The Flatiorns.
  • Ex: Second Flatiron, East Slabs

1 Person = $429*
2 People = $329*
3 People = $289*
4 People = $319*
5 People = $299*
6+ People = $279*
*Price Per Person

  • Typically 7-10 hours in length.
  • Standard meeting time is 6AM, though alternative start times are sometimes necessary.
  • This option is great for long, moderate mountaineering routes in Rocky Mountain National Park.  We’ll be up with the sunrise and spending much of the day having fun in the mountains.
  • Ex: Dragontail Couloir, Ptarmigan Fingers, East Glacier Knobs

1 Person = $529*
2 People = $429*
3+ People = $409*
*Price Per Person

  • Typically 8-12 hours in length.
  • Standard meeting time is 4AM, though alternative start times are sometimes necessary.
  • This option is great for long, classic routes in Rocky Mountain National Park.  We’ll be on the trail before sunrise and spending much of the day climbing in the mountains.
  • Ex: The Keyhole on Longs Peak, Kepplinger’s Couloir, The Loft

1 Person = $599*
2 People = $499*
3+ People = $459*
*Price Per Person

  • Typically 12+ hours in length.
  • Standard meeting time is 1AM, though alternative start times are sometimes necessary.
  • This option is reserved for some of the longest and most challenging routes in Rocky Mountain National Park.  We’ll be approaching our objective well before sunrise and sometimes even beginning our technical climbing before sunrise.
  • Ex: Notch Couloir, Kiener’s, Big Mac Couloir

1 Person = $799*
2+ People = $649*
*Price Per Person