Overview:

Enjoy the combination of challenging summits with the refreshing comforts of the Dao House. No experience necessary! Hosted by Colorado Mountain School,  AMGA trained/certified guides will lead teaching you a progression of skills to enable you to reach the summit!

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1Arrive at Dao House – have a hearty dinner with an intro talk about your climbing week ahead.
Day 2Full Day Climbing – rope practice (8am-4pm)
Day 3 – Multi-Pitch Climbing (going more than 1 rope length, getting high!) (8am-4pm)
Day 4 Rest day at Dao House BaseCamp
Day 5Technical summit climb (with ropes) (roughly 6am-4pm)
Day 6
Spend a day at Dao House Basecamp – leave in the afternoon

 

Meeting location:

Dao House
6120 CO-7
Estes Park, CO 80517

Details:

This is Dao House’s most technical adventure! No experience necessary! Hosted by Colorado Mountain School,  AMGA trained/certified guides will lead teaching you a progression of skills to enable you to reach the summit!

We begin with a full day of rock climbing; we’ll teach belaying, rappelling, knot tying, climbing commands, and climbing techniques. Once these skills are practiced we can then apply them to bigger walls!

Acclimatizing is a key component to reaching a summit safely. To help prepare our bodies, we will take an off-the-beaten-path acclimatization hike. Finally, we will bring our fitness and hard skills together on the last day to reach the summit! By learning these basic technical skills you’ll be on track for future climbs.

Lodging:

Notes:

This experience is offered exclusively as a package with our partner the Dao House.  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:

    Prerequisites:

    No experience necessary

    Time:

    Day 2 and 3, 8am-4pm. Day 5, 6am-4pm

    Duration:

    6 days- 5 nights

    Maximum Ratio:

    TKTKTK

    Minimum Age:

    Please call to register participants under 18

    Includes:

    • A five-night stay at Dao House Base Camp on 84 acres of pure nature with decks and beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains.
    • First nights dinner and orientation get-together for next 5 days
    • 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 (except first nights dinner)
    • 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.

    1

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

    Neptune Mountaineering

    Clothing
    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

    Neptune Mountaineering

    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
    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
    Compass

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

    1

    Silva Ranger CLQ

    Neptune Mountaineering

    Optional
    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.

    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 Latok Extreme Gaiter GTX

    RAb Store

    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

    RAB Storm 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 Store

    Clothing
    Lightweight Gloves

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

    1

    RAB Power Stretch Pro

    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
    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 Nucleus Hoody
    Women: Rab Nucleus Hoody

    Neptune Mountaineering

    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 Guide2 GTX 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
    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
    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
    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 Salvo Jacket
    Women: Rab Salvo Jacket

    Neptune Mountaineering

    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 Vapour Rise
    Women: Rab Upslope

    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

    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.

    1

    Men: Rab Electron Jacket
    Women: Rab Electron 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 Hiking 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
    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 Ladakh GTX Jacket
    Women: RAB Women's Kangri GRX Jacket

    Neptune Mountaineering

    Clothing

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