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Rock Climbing Basics

Rock your heart out while grasping the basics to safe, skillful climbing.

Category: Get Outdoors, Learn

Reach outside your comfort zone and reach for the sky during this half-day beginner rock climbing course.

Outdoor excursions. Mountaintop adventures. Nature-driven sports of all kinds. Colorado is basically built for this kind of stuff, and this particular experience is ready to get you hooked on one of the most hardcore of them all: rock climbing. But don’t get freaked—this is a beginner class with absolutely no prerequisites, so anyone who’s interested in learning the foundations of climbing is absolutely welcome. You can rest assured knowing that your guides will make sure you stay safe while you’re learning the ropes, literally.

This half-day climbing course covers all the basics, including top rope belay, figure eight knots, climbing movement, rappelling and equipment familiarity. The trip is focused on having fun and staying out of harm’s way, which we see as a total win-win. And by the end of the day, you’ll have tried something new and exciting *pat on the back* and you’ll be more prepared to climb with experienced friends. 

Important Location Information:  
May 18th 
North Table, Golden
From the east, take I-70 to CO Hwy 58. Get off at Boyd St. Go to the 2nd stop sign. Go straight/uphill on Plateau following it briefly as it curves right. Go left and then take the first right onto Perry Pkwy. The sign says Dead End. Go to the end of the street, continue past the gate. Follow Perry onto a dirt road that will lead to one of two parking lots. The lower lot has the outhouses. Both lots have trails which head uphill. For reference, the new Access Fund trail comes up to the main cliff just below This Ain't Naturita, Pilgrim in the Overhang Area. 

June 23rd
Boulder Canyon, The Dome
To arrive at the climbing destination follow Boulder Canyon (CO119 or bike path) towards Nederland. Less than a mile after you leave Boulder there is a large rock formation and a dirt parking lot to the right. There is also a much larger dirt parking lot to the left. Park to the right if there is space and meet near the pedestrian bridge crossing the creek.

Special Policies: 
Cancellation Policy: There is a 50% refund available for trips canceled more than 2 weeks in advance. All trips are non-refundable within 2 weeks of the trip date, but you can gift your spot to another person through Tentiko. In the case of cancellation due to inclement weather you will be credited the amount paid for future use valid for up to 1 year from the scheduled trip date.
Waiver: You will be required to sign a waiver provided by the guide.

Important Stuff!

Don’t Forget
  • Be in shape: Due to the nature of this experience, you need to have a certain amount of physical fitness to benefit from participation. It’s on the honors system, so just ask yourself, “Do I consider myself a healthy, active person?” If the answer is yes, we’ll see you on the rocks.
  • Be of age: Unless noted otherwise, these trips are for folks 11 years or older.
  • Smart footwear: Light hiking shoes are great for the climbing day but tennis shoes will do just fine if that’s what you’ve got in your closet.
  • Clothes and gear: Your host recommends a medium-sized (40+ liter) backpack to carry all your stuff. You’ll want to bring layers of clothing so you can stay comfortable as the weather fluctuates throughout the day. And make sure you pack rain gear and any required medications. All technical equipment is provided.
  • Gratuity: The outdoor industry depends on gratuity to ensure quality out in the field. A tip of ten to twenty dollars per guide per day is recommended for excellent service.

Spencer Hennigan


Outdoor Adventure Enthusiast & Professional Guide

Spencer Hennigan was born to be wild. He has worked in outdoor education and guiding for the past 10 years and likes—scratch that—LOVES taking people into the backcountry and letting them reconnect to their natural surroundings. He claims there’s no better classroom than the great outdoors, and we’d tend to agree.

Spencer’s work has taken him all over the world—more specifically to places like Alaska, Oregon, Wyoming, New Hampshire, Colorado, Costa Rica, China and South America. And it’s a good thing too, because he thrives on living and working in different cultures and environments. He believes these experiences have not only shaped him as an outdoor educator, but also as a person.

In winters past, Spencer has worked as an adaptive ski instructor in Vail and a Nordic ski instructor in Jackson Hole. And when he’s not working, you likely find him playing outside: pedaling bikes, turning skis, climbing on rocks or running trails. He happily calls Colorado home because it allows him to do all these activities any and every day.

Next date: Sunday, June 23, 2013, 12:00PM

For groups of 4-6

Sunday, June 23, 2013, 12:00PM 6 spots left

Experience Details

Location: June 23rd - Boulder, Canyon, The Dome.

People: 4-6

Length: 3 hours

Book 48 hours in advance

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