Overview:

Rock climbing is about fun and adventure, and no place tops our backyard for its incredible variety of world-class climbing – Eldorado Canyon, Boulder Canyon, The Flatirons and Rocky Mountain National Park.  These places are where the outdoors is still king, the sky is open and blue, and classic climbs abound.

The Front Range corridor between Denver and Estes Park, Colorado (Boulder being the hub) offers some of the most accessible climbing anywhere.  You can start your day in Boulder (5,400′), climb Longs Peak (14,259′) by one of its 120-plus routes, and be back in time for dinner.

The Yellow Spur, Petit Grepon, Longs Peak and The First Flatiron are just a few of the scores of routes, spires and peaks famous for reasons that are obvious once you climb them.  Rocky Mountain National Park holds a lifetime’s worth of rock faces – from splitter cracks to coarse slabs, and everything in between.  The impeccable granite of Lumpy Ridge keeps any climber entertained.  In Eldorado Canyon, over 600 routes lace the angular sandstone walls.  And then there are the spectacular Flatirons in Boulder, rising like thousand-foots spikes out of the base of the Rockies, with climbing at grades accessible to almost everyone.  Yvon Chouinard called the East Face of the Third Flatiron, 1,300 feet long and rated 5.4, “The finest beginner’s climb in the country.”

But there’s more to it – a spirit of the West, a culture that values recreation, takes its time and considers what you have to say.  As one of our Swiss clients, Douwe van den Oever, said: “Climbing here is fun.  In Europe it’s over-organized; everything is bolted; guiding has become a routine.  Here things are fresh.  Guides are professional yet passionate, and natural climbing lines remain free.”

Climbers have always felt at home here.  Yosemite pioneer Tom Frost wrote in the original edition of the classic book, Climb!, back in 1977: “Colorado’s cliffs, located on the spine of the continent, have become the crossroads of American climbing. …It is felt by many that Colorado is the subculture center of the climbing community; where climbing is a more serious way of life, and lived more fully by sizable numbers of participants, than any other place in the nation.”  You’ll feel welcome too.

All this, with 300 days of sunshine a year, make Boulder, Colorado a climber’s paradise.  On any given day, at local crag or gym, you could find yourself alongside climbing legends Lynn Hill, Tommy Caldwell, Roger Briggs or other inspiring climbers.  They’re all here for the same reasons: world-class rock climbing, world-class fun.  It’s like Jeff Achey wrote in the 2002 edition of Climb!: “Writers go to New York.  Actors go to Hollywood.  Climbers go to Colorado.”

Details:

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

  • Colorado Front Range
    • Denver
    • Boulder
    • Fort Collins
  • Estes Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Moab
  • Vedauwoo
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.

1

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.

1

CAMP M2 20L

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.

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CAMP M3 30L

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School

Equipment
Baselayer Bottoms

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

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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

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
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.

1

CAMP Axion

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
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 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.

1-2

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.

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.

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Made in Nature, Thrive Tribe

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
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
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.

1

Rocky Mountain Sunscreen Lip Balm

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Locking Carabiners

Pear shaped carabiners are most versatile - screwgates or twist locks are acceptable.

2-3

CAMP Guide Lock

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
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
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.

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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
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
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.

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La Sportiva TC Pro

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School; Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
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.

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BCA Scepter

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School; Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
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 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

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

Neptune Mountaineering

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.

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Men: Rab Electron Jacket
Women: Rab Electron Jacket

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
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
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

15 reviews for Rock Climbing Guiding

  1. CMS Client

    Bernardo was a wonderful and knowledgeable guide.

  2. CMS Client

    Wes was a fantastic instructor with a very inclusive approach to teaching. His expertise was evident and was fun to spend time and learn from.

  3. CMS Client

    I don’t know of anything that would’ve made it more perfect

  4. 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.

  5. CMS Client

    Great day! It was hard work, but Mia did an excellent job meeting everyone’s need and teaching us great skills. I have so much to learn, but it was a great entry.

  6. CMS Client

    Everything went really smooth, Wesley was professional, thorough and really great to work with. Wouldn’t change a thing.

  7. CMS Client

    This experience exceeded my expectations.

  8. CMS Client

    All was great. My son and I thought that the tyrolean traverse was a nice, unique addition.

  9. CMS Client

    Everything was great! Max Lurie was a wonderful guide. I can’t make any suggestions for improvement 🙂

  10. CMS Client

    Adam & Rainbow are exceptionally well qualified and people-oriented. Immediately upon meeting they began to develop self-confidence in our grandkids, ages 13 & 15.

  11. CMS Client

    Not sure the day could have been improved. Wes is a rockstar and a fantastic guide and coach. He helped explain everything along the way and made sure that the day was great!

  12. CMS Client

    Entire experience exceeded expectation. Our guide Mark Hammond was exceptional

  13. CMS Client

    It was so much fun. I can’t think of anything that could have gone better.

  14. Marty Enright

    Japhy was terrific company, caring and generous and bloody good fun to be with. There were times when I felt scared – which is part of the deal – but I never felt unsafe. At those times Japhy was vigilant and balanced and maintained my enthusiasm while realistically balancing and securing the risks. He was also a calm, lucid and insightful teacher. I’ve come away with an appreciation of the curiosity that climbing encourages that I had never before understood. That’s a gift for a lifetime. Japhy is an outstanding ambassador for your organisation. I commend him to you. Also wanted to shout out to Jake who managed my booking, kept me engaged and calmly dealt with my payment pains. This was really appreciated. I’ll be back and I’ll spread the word. My experience with these young men who represent your organisation has inspired me. Keep up the good work in the vertical world. You got a great team. Very best to you all,Marty Enright

  15. Elisha Hughes (verified owner)

    I had a really great class and also a great guided half-day in Vedauwoo with Mia Tucholke.

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