Custom Rock Guiding
Boulder, Colorado has long been a destination for rock climbing. There is seemingly endless quality rock climbing at all grades and for all skill levels. Because of the plethora of rock climbing styles, easy access, and front range comforts, this is THE PLACE to go to learn to rock climb. The best seasons are Spring and Fall, but summer and winter are doable too.
March-May: Cooler conditions allow great climbing in the sun.
June - August: The most popular time to climb in Boulder.
September-November: The BEST time for rock climbing in Boulder. The summertime crowds go away, as do the 90 degree days and afternoon thunderstorms.
December - February: If you’re local you can pick and choose great days to climb outside in the sun.
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Guide travel costs on a case by case basis
Day 0: Fly into DIA, shuttle to Boulder Basecamp for comfortable stay. Dinner at one of the 100s of amazing restaurants that fill this foodie city.
Day 1: Warm up with a day of cragging in Boulder Canyon which is a short 15 minute drive from your hotel. Boulder Canyon's excellent granite sport and trad climbs - 1660 different routes - offer something for everyone.
Day 2: Climb a Flatiron on Boulder's skyline via one of the classic east faces.
Day 3: Rest day. Explore the town enjoying food, coffee, yoga, or catching one of the many cultural happenings on CU Campus or Downtown.
Day 4: Climb on the West Ridge of Eldorado State Park. The West Ridge offers classic 2-5 pitch routes making for an excellent training ground.
Day 5: Cap off your week with an ascent of one of the classic Grade III routes in Eldorado State Park such as Ruper, The Yellow Spur, or maybe even the Naked Edge.
Boulder, Colorado is easily accessed by flying into Denver International Airport. Rental cars, shuttle busses, and public transportation seamlessly get you to your accommodation in Boulder or the surrounding area. We can help set up any of the above, just let us know during the booking process.
We recommend you stay at Basecamp Hotel, located in central Boulder. However, there are many other accommodation options available from luxury hotels and resorts, to more basic accommodation. Camping can be challenging and sparse in Boulder and is not recommended.
Eldorado State Park
As one of the world's finest and most famous climbing areas, Eldorado Canyon needs little introduction. It consists of steep, beautiful conglomerate sandstone walls of up to 700 feet high, in brilliant shades of gold and red. The rock quality is reminiscent of granite rather than the soft sandstone found throughout much of Utah and Arizona. Must-do routes include Wind Ridge, Calypso (both 5.6), Ruper on Redgarden Wall, and The Bastille Crack top the list. Many people feel that The Yellow Spur (5.9) on Redgarden Wall is the best route in the Canyon. Other great routes include the West Buttress, Hair City (Bastille), Anthill Direct, The Green Spur (Redgarden Wall), Rosy Crucifixion (10a), Outer Space (10c). Over the Hill (10b), Super Slab, Grandmother's Challenge, and Tagger. 5.11 offers some world-renowned classics like the The Naked Edge, Vertigo (11b), and the Northwest Corner of the Bastille (11a). (Adapted from Mountain Project, https://www.mountainproject.com/area/105744246/eldorado-canyon-sp).
The Flatirons are synonymous with Boulder and the history of rock climbing in North America. It would be hard to find another location in the country where such an extensive variety, from scrambling to hard "Head Point" routes exist so close to a major metro area. They form the backdrop to Boulder and are the centerpiece of Boulder's Open Space system (Mountain Project). The most popular routes we guide in these formations include the Direct East Face of the First Flatiron (II, 5.6), The East Face of the Third (II, 5.4), Seal Rock’s (5.4, 4 pitches), and sport climbing in the Dinosaur Rock area (option from 5.7-5.12).
Boulder Canyon offers excellent granite crack climbing just minutes from downtown boulder. This canyon has over 1700 routes and is our go to for many of our educational outings. The crags of boulder canyon are the perfect classroom to learn to lead sport climbing, learn to place trad gear, perfect your multipitch proficiency, or learn new slab or crack technique.