Courses teach technical skills needed to climb as a leader
Guide, course curriculum and select gear
Denver Metro Area: Golden and Boulder, Colorado
March 1st – November 1st
From beginner to advanced courses available
$99 to $149 / person / course day
Rock Climbing Basics
Half day climbing course that covers the basics of climbing. Skills covered: Top rope belay, figure eight knot, basics of climbing movement, rappelling, equipment familiarity. No Prerequisites.
Top Rope Anchors
4 half day courses that cover the fundamentals of building top rope anchors and climbing out on your own. Skills covered: Natural anchoring, bowline knot, bunny earn knot, honking knot, industrial top rope anchoring, natural hazards and top rope location placement. Prerequisites: Rock Climbing Basics or equivalent.
Course consists of 1 full day and 3 half days covering the fundamentals to follow and lead sport routes. Skills covered: Lead belay, risk assessment and mitigation, sport cleaning, anchor cleaning, rope management, lead strategy, clipping, sport anchors, magic X anchor. Prerequisites: Rock Climbing Basics or equivalent.
Course consists of 1 full day and 5 half days covering the fundamentals to follow and lead routes requiring traditional gear placement and anchors. Skills covered: Passive and active protection placement, self equalizing anchors, figure eight cord anchors, trad leading technique, rope management, route selection, hanging belays, natural hazards and applied physics. Prerequisites: Sport Leading or equivalent.
Each trip has a different prerequisite base of knowledge. If you are new to climbing then start with rock climbing basics. If you are a comfortable sport leader you might check out the Trad Climbing course.
Healthy and active people will do well on these courses. Whether you climb 5.6 or 5.12 the skills needed are very similiar and we will help you learn techniques to stay safe while rock climbing.
Wear layers so that you can shed them if you are hot and bundle up if you are cold. Bringing rain gear, a medium sized (40+ liter) backpack, and any required medications is necessary. Light hiking shoes are great for the climbing day but tennis shoes will suffice. Climbing shoes are a must. If you don’t have any we rent them for $10. All technical equipment is provided on the Rock Climbing Basics and Top Rope Anchoring courses. The Sport Lead and Trad Lead courses require one rack per 2 participants.
Gratuity: The outdoor industry depends on gratuity to ensure quality in the field. Your guide goes to incredible lengths to keep you safe and happy. A tip of twenty to thirty dollars per person per day is recommended for excellent service on this trip.
Cancellation Policy: There is a 50% refund available for trips canceled more than 2 weeks in advanced. All trips are non-refundable within 2 weeks of the trip date. In the case of inclement weather prior to the trip start you will be credited the amount paid for future use with Apex Ex valid for up to 1 year from the scheduled trip date.
Responsibility: In the case that a member of the party becomes sick or injured it is the responsibility of the group to abandon the summit attempt and assist in rescue. Additionally, if for any reason the guide determines the group is in unreasonable danger, it is the responsibility of the climbing members to stay with the guide. These situations are part of mountaineering and are non-refundable.
Climbing Course Progression
These courses are a progression towards rock climbing excellent rock right in your backyard or formidable peaks throughout the world. Your progression towards greater heights with Apex Ex starts with Rock Climbing Basics and progresses to Trad Climbing.