Guided Rock Climbs In Colorado

Experience Colorado rock climbing like never before! We offer a range of guided courses catering to all levels, from learning the basics of outdoor climbing to advanced crack techniques and multi-pitch adventures. Based in Grand Junction and Ouray, our expert team will guide you through iconic climbing destinations, ensuring safety and maximizing your experience. Start your adventure today with rock climbing trips in Grand Junction, Ouray, Rifle, Gunnison (Black Canyon), and Boulder!

Colorado Rock Climbing Services with Skyward Mountaineering

At Skyward Mountaineering, our passion is sharing the thrill of Colorado climbing with everyone. Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned climber looking to push your limits, we offer a variety of rock climbing clinics and guided adventures designed to match your skill level and aspirations.

Intro to Trad & Multi-pitch Climbing in Colorado

Have you wanted to get up some of the bigger climbs in Colorado like Desert Towers, the Black Canyon, and even Yosemite? This course, one of our most popular rock climbing services in Grand Junction, equips you with the skills to conquer iconic climbs throughout Colorado. Learn essential trad climbing skills and multi-pitch belay techniques for tackling longer routes. Set against the stunning backdrop of Unaweep Canyon’s 500-foot granite walls, you’ll gain the confidence to explore Colorado’s classic climbs. This is a 2 day rock climbing trip in Grand Junction, CO.

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Day 1

Begins with introductions to the goals of the course and a few hours of top-roping easy climbs. Next, participants move into a discussion of placing and removing gear and building traditional anchors. The day finishes with practice trad gear placement and building rock climbing anchors.

Day 2

Is devoted to following multi-pitch climbs. Participants will be in teams of 2, climbing a multi-pitch route. Participants will practice cleaning gear, building anchors, lead belaying on multi-pitch routes, and belaying a second. If time allows, participants may practice further skills at the end of the day, including leading.

April 13-14, 2024
May 4-5, 2024
September 14-15, 2024
October 12-13, 2024
October 26-27, 2024
Also, upon special request:
May 4-5, 2024
September 14-15, 2024
October 12-13, 2024
October 26-27, 2024

Unaweep Canyon


$595 per person, based on a minimum of two participants.


Prior rock climbing experience and the ability to follow up to 5.8 is needed.


This one-day Colorado rock climbing clinic at Rifle Mountain Park helps you transition your indoor gym climbing skills to the thrilling outdoor environment. Learn essential outdoor rock climbing safety, basic knots, belaying, and rappelling techniques from our certified guides. Become a confident and responsible climbing partner ready to explore Colorado’s crags!


Upon Request


Rifle Mountain Park


$275 per person, based on a minimum of two participants


Prior indoor gym climbing

CraCK Climbing Intensive | GRAND JUNCTION, CO

One of our most popular rock climbing services in Grand Junction. Elevate your crack climbing skills to the next level with a two-day intensive course in the heart of Colorado’s stunning red rock desert. This unique opportunity, led by our AMGA-certified guides, will take place in the uncrowded sandstone and granite crack climbing haven of the Uncompahgre Plateau.
Master the techniques and practices used to conquer cracks of all sizes, from hand and finger cracks to off-widths, chimneys, ringlocks, and more. Learn proper hand and finger protection placement, gear building, anchor construction, rope management, and multi-pitch climbing transitions.

This course is ideal for climbers comfortable with lead belaying, catching lead falls, and top rope belaying. If you’re proficient at top roping 5.9+ and eager to take your crack climbing to new heights, this intensive is for you! There is a minimum of two participants on this rock climbing trip in Grand Junction, CO.

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April 13-14, 2024

May 11-12, 2024


Escalante and Unaweep Canyon


$595 per person, based on a minimum of two participants.


Must be comfortable lead belaying, catching lead falls, top rope belaying. Ideally proficient at top roping 5.9 and above.

Colorado Climbing Triptych

We offer a unique Colorado Rock Triptych – Rifle, Escalante, Black Canyon. This five-day outing spends time climbing and camping in all three world class venues. We spend the first two days dialing in technique and honing the mental skills offered by the challenges in Rifle Mountain Park. Then, we shift to Escalante for a serious crack-attack day! Day four allows either some light recovery-based climbing and movement or an opportunity to rest and go scope out a long climb in the Black Canyon where the trip will culminate. Our fifth day will find us climbing one of the classic longer routes in the Black and hopefully putting some of what we’ve learned the past few days into action. We will camp at all three areas and get a true road trip out of the adventure.


October 16-20

Also, available on demand, pending availability.


$1,495 per person, based on a minimum of two participants.


Must be comfortable lead belaying, catching lead falls, top rope belaying. Ideally proficient at top roping 5.9 and above.


This is one of our most popular family-friendly rock climbing services in Grand Junction, Rifle, and Ouray. Enjoy a fun filled day of climbing with the whole family, or just the kids! No prior climbing experience is necessary. Our instructors are experienced with all ages, and some regularly climb with their own kiddos. We provide a safe environment to learn the basics of rock climbing. We will customize the day based on your family’s wishes — it can be a laid back day with lots of breaks or it can be a challenging activity depending on your abilities and interests.

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2-4 participants


Available upon request


No prior rock climbing experience needed.


• Climbing harness with belay/rappel and gear loops.

• Climbing helmet.

• Belay device.

• Two locking carabiners.

• Crampons for technical climbing. (Step in, not strap on)

• Technical ice tools, with hammers. An adze on a tool creates a significant risk to you. If you don’t have a hammer, you may cover the adze with tape and foam so it can’t cut your face if it pops out.

• Ice Tool tethers. This is a long elasticized leash that prevents you from dropping an ice tool. (optional)

• Climbing boots. These must be mountaineering boots. Leather hiking boots won’t work. Good quality climbing boots can be rented from Ouray Mountain Sports. Contact them directly to reserve at (970) 325-4284.

• Hooded shell jacket. A waterproof/breathable (hard shell) jacket is desirable when climbing water ice. If you use a soft shell jacket make sure it is freshly washed and dried as the drying helps to restore the water repellent finish. If we climb in a soft shell we often carry a light waterproof/non-breathable shell such as the Alpine Houdini jacket made by Patagonia.

• Technical climbing pants. Soft or hard shell. Should fit closely around the tops of your boots.

• Gaitors. Nice if your pants are baggy and/or don’t have integrated gaitors to keep the snow out. (optional)

• Synthetic long underwear top and bottoms. Two different weights for different temperature conditions.

• Synthetic mid-weight top. Slightly heavier than the above layer. The Patagonia R1 Hoody is a popular example.

• Warm fleece or sweater top.

• Warm insulating down or synthetic parka that can be worn over all other layers.

• A warm hat which can be worn under your helmet.

• Neck gaiter. Optional, but recommended.

• Two to three pairs of good fitting, non-bulky, warm climbing gloves and mittens. Gloves/mittens usually get wet or damp when ice climbing and it is nice to have a back-up pair with you at all times. Personally we bring two pairs of gloves and one pair of mittens for a day of winter climbing. One thin pair of gloves that are protective but not very warm; these get the most use. One medium pair of gloves that are warmer, but we can still climb with. And one pair of mittens for belaying and for extra cold days. Ski gloves usually have too much material in the palms for climbing.

• Thin synthetic or wool liner gloves. (optional)

• Wool socks to wear in climbing boots. A second thin pair of liner socks is optional for those who tend to get cold feet.

• Sunglasses.

• Sunscreen.

• A 30-40 liter backpack to carry extra clothes, water and food for the day.

• Small headlamp.

• A small personal first aid kit containing bandages and a blister kit.

• Water bottle and/or thermos: You should have one to two quart/liter capacity.

• Lunch/snack food. When climbing in the Ice Park, it is possible to go into town for lunch.

• Camera!

• Bathing suit for hot springs.


Let us know what you DO NOT have. We may have it.


Ropes, protection, slings and other team technical equipment.

The Ice Clinic Workout:

Pull-ups, 5-15 reps, 30 seconds rest. Then:

Strict sit-ups. 10-15 reps, 30 seconds rest. Then:

Isometric Ice-Tool Hangs. 15-20 second one-armed hang off each tool. It helps to wear the gloves you’ll wear climbing. If you can’t do this one-armed, then do it with both arms, but shift more weight to one side at a time for the required time for each side. 30 seconds rest. Then:

Push ups, 10-15 reps, 30 seconds rest. Then:

Repeat circuit three times with a 3 minute rest between laps of the circuit for one workout. Do this workout twice in the first week.

Repeat circuit four times with a 3 minute rest between circuits for one workout. Do it twice a week the second and third week. In week 3 reduce rest between circuits to 2 minutes

Repeat five times the fourth and fifth week. In week four take 2 minutes rest/circuit. In week five take a 1 minute break between laps of the circuit

The sixth week do the workout only once. Do four laps of the circuit with two minutes rest between laps to allow for recovery and super-compensation.

Why pull-ups and push-ups? Because these simple exercise works all the main muscles-groups involved in swinging, and holding onto, an ice tool. If you can’t do five pull-ups, you may want to contact us about a customized strength training plan.

IInterested in a more structured approach to training?

• Read Steve House’s and Scott Johnston’s Book: Training for the New Alpinism

• Check Out Uphill Athlete’s training and coaching options

Our Colorado Rock Climbing Guides: Your Partners in Adventure

Our Rock Climbing Guides offer popular rock climbing services in Grand Junction, Ouray, Rifle, Boulder, and Gunnison. Book your Colorado Climbing Adventure today!

Vince Anderson | Rock Climbing Guide | Ice Climbing Guide | Skyward Mountaineering

Vince Anderson

An IFMGA certified rock climbing guide with an adventurous spirit and decades of experience. Vince is known for his alpine expertise and has climbed extensively on Colorado’s big peaks.

Steven Van Sickle | Rock Climbing Guide | Ice Climbing Guide | Skyward Mountaineering

Steven Van Sickle

An IFMGA/AMGA certified rock climbing guide specializing in technical alpine routes and big mountain adventures. Steven loves exploring the high peaks of the San Juans and beyond.

Buster Jesik | Rock Climbing Guide | Ice Climbing Guide | Skyward Mountaineering

Buster Jesik

An accomplished climber and certified rock climbing guide, Buster brings knowledge and passion for routes throughout the state, from the Front Range to the Western Slope.

Katie Beringer | Rock Climbing Guide | Ice Climbing Guide | Skyward Mountaineering

Katie Beringer

A passionate rock climber, ice climber, and AMGA certified rock climbing guide, Katie’s enthusiasm is infectious, whether you’re a beginner or pushing your grade.