In this 4-day program participants will learn skills for alpine climbing on rock, snow, and ice. This is the first step in a progression of skills necessary for tackling alpine peaks. You’ll learn both technical skills and how to interpret terrain and assess risk.
$912 per person
Our first day will include an introduction to technical rock climbing. Participants will learn techniques for belaying, rappelling, and movement on technical rock. There will also be an introduction to anchor building with artificial climbing protection.
Terrain in multiple pitches. The curriculum will focus on the building blocks of moving through bigger terrain. You will learn belaying off the anchor (or your harness), technical transitions, and techniques for moving together as a rope team.
The first part of this day is used to approach our overnight camp for the final objective. In the afternoon we’ll cover snow travel, self arrest, and snow anchors.
A common option for the final objective would be to ascend the Snake Couloir which includes steep snow and ice climbing up to 55 degrees and a 100’ pitch of mid-5th class rock climbing. We should return to Ridgway by 4:00pm.
May 20-23, 2021
June 3-6, 2021
June 17-20, 2021
Rocky Mountain National Park:
June 10-13, 2021
This is an open enrollment course. The maximum group size is 3.
This course runs in a variety of different venues. Courses running in SW Colorado meet at 160 Liddell St in Ridgway. Rocky Mountain National Park courses meet in Boulder, CO.
All the technical climbing equipment required for this outing is included.
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In this 2 day intermediate rock climbing course participants learn the technical skills to become an independent party. This course dives into the principles and methodology of building anchors and setting up rock climbs on toprope. You’ll learn how to address common issues encountered in the single pitch environment with the most up to date best practices.
Do you have more than a weekend to spend in one of North America’s best alpine rock climbing venues? The Best Four Days in Rocky is an itinerary intended for the climber who is interested in taking the time needed to check out the variety of venues in the Front Range of Colorado. Rocky Mountain National Park and the surrounding climbing areas are an international destination.
The Peak Guide House
311 Main Street | Ouray CO 81427
Peak Mountain Guides, LLC
160 Liddell St. #C3 | Ridgway CO 81432
PO Box 2051 | Ridgway CO 81432