Rifle hosts a wealth of high end sport climbs up to 5.15 in difficulty. It is, perhaps, the most famous sport climbing crag in America and a great place to hone technique and improve in whatever grade you are at as a climber.

Skyward Mountaineering offers a variety of exciting day climbing experiences ranging from single pitch easy climbs, to multi pitch challenging climbs for those who are more experienced.

Learn how to climb, or brush up on your skills with some fun, single and multi pitch routes in Rifle.


No prior rock climbing experience needed.


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

Gear you should bring, weather and terrain dependent:

Long climbing pants such as the Patagonia Simul Alpine Pant

Shorts for warm weather climbing and approaches

Synthetic or wool T-shirt

Lightweight long sleeve synthetic or wool shirt

A medium weight synthetic or wool shirt. We use and recommend the Patagonia Capilene 4 Hoody

One medium weight insulated jacket, such as a Patagonia Piton Hybrid Hoody

A lightweight emergency rain shell such as the Patagonia Alpine Houdini or M10 Jacket

Lightweight emergency rain pants such as Patagonia Torrentshell Pants

One lightweight insulated piece such as a Patagonia Nano puff jacket or pullover

A lightweight wool or synthetic hat

A pair of lightweight fleece or lightly insulated leather-palmed gloves.



2 locking carabiners

1 belay/rappel device

Rock shoes suitable for climbing all day, generally snug fitting with a sock

Rock shoes suitable for more difficult pitches, generally snug fitting without a sock

Good approach shoes are mandatory. Preferably with a sheet rubber sole and not with mold-injected rubber. An example of this is the La Sportiva Boulder X approach shoe.

A simple, climbing-oriented 25 liter backpack such as the Patagonia Ascentionist 25 backpack




Lipbalm with sunscreen


Ropes, protection, slings and other team technical equipment.


IInterested in a 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