Overview:

Don’t learn to avoid wide cracks, learn to conquer them! Offwidth cracks are too narrow to fit your whole body in and too wide to use standard crack climbing techniques.  Since the cracks are unique in size, the climbing can seem awkward.  This course, in the offwidth capital of the world, will teach you basic and advanced offwidth climbing techniques that will have you cruising wide cracks in style.

Meeting location:

Lodging:

Camp sites are available on site.

Notes:

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.

All Upcoming Dates and Locations:

    Topics include:

    • Learn various types of hand stacks and arm bars
    • Learn various types of leg jams and heel-toes
    • Learn how to move up wide crack sections with ease
    • Learn to properly tape your hands
    • Understand how wide crack protection works

    Prerequisites:

    Experience with basic knots, belaying and climbing commands

    Time:

    8:00am - 4:00pm

    Duration:

    8 Hours

    Maximum Ratio:

    4:1

    Minimum Age:

    Please call to register participants under 18

    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

    Excludes:

    • Food
    • Transportation
    • Lodging
    • Clothing, backpack and non-technical personal items
    • Park Entrance Fees (where applicable)
    • 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 and Rappel Device

    Plaquette style devices with auto-block mode are ideal.

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    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.

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    CAMP Axion

    Neptune Mountaineering

    Clothing
    Chalk Bag

    Holds climbing chalk, which is usually made from Magnesium Carbonate. This is the same compound that gymnasts, weightlifters, and other athletes will put on their hands in order to improve friction and grip.

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    CAMP Patabang

    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.

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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 womens Vapour-rise pants

    Rab Stores

    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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    Point 6 Socks

    Neptune Mountaineering

    Clothing
    Double-length Sewn Runner

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

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    CAMP 11mm Express Dyneema

    Neptune Mountaineering

    Equipment
    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.

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    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.

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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 Forge LS Tee
    Women: Rab Force LS Tee

    Rab Store

    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
    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.

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    Rab Stance Tee

    Rab Store

    Clothing
    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 Nucleus Hoody
    Women: Rab Nucleus Hoody

    Neptune Mountaineering

    Clothing
    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.

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    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.

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    Men: Rab Salvo Jacket
    Women: Rab Salvo Jacket

    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 Shield

    Neptune Mountaineering

    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 Ladakh GTX Jacket
    Women: RAB Women's Kangri GRX Jacket

    Neptune Mountaineering

    Clothing

    Reviews

    1. Jon

      Thank YOU! You introduced me to the magical world of Vedauwoo and I will cherish the climbs and memories for the rest of my life.

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