Intro to Technical Alpine Climbing

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

  • alpine climbing skills course


Day 1:
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.

Day 2:
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.

Day 3:
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.

Day 4:
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.

Program Dates

Ouray Colorado:
May 20-23, 2021
June 3-6, 2021
June 17-20, 2021

Rocky Mountain National Park:
June 10-13, 2021

Skills Covered

  • Rock climbing movement skills
  • Crampon techniques
  • Self arrest
  • Anchors in both rock and snow
  • Route planning


Group Size

This is an open enrollment course. The maximum group size is 3.

Time and Place

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.

Equipment List

All the technical climbing equipment required for this outing is included.
View equipment list as PDF

Next Steps

Intermediate Rock

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.

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Rocky Mountain National Park

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.

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Contact Us

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

Authorized Permittee

Peak Mountain Guides is an authorized permittee of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, Gunnison National Forest; San Juan National Forest; Bureau of Land Management Monticello, Moab, Gunnison, and Glennallen Field Offices; Eldorado Canyon State Park; Ouray Ice Park, City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks; and National Parks including Mt. Rainier, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and Colorado National Monument. Peak Mountain Guides is an equal opportunity service provider.