ROCK CLIMBING LESSONS


Basic Information

What to Bring

Recommended Reading

Private or Semi-private Lessons

Suggested Climbing Lessons

Lead Rock Climbing Lessons

Bob Culp on Hallets Peak

 

                                                         

We offer three types of rock climbing lessons: private, semi-private and group.

The difference between tham is student to instructor ratio.

Private lessons are 1 student to 1 instructor.

Semi-private lessons are never more than 2 students to 1 instructor.

They are offered to any number of students, but always at the low semi-private student to instructor ratio.

Low student to instructor ratio means more individual attention and more climbing time.  Because of that, the lessons can cover more material and private or semi-private lessons provide the best learning experience.

Group lessons are 3 (or more) students to 1 instructor.

In group lessons, each person does not get as much climbing time as they would in private or semi-private lessons because of waiting while others climb, but groups are fun and more affordable.

Families, schools, companies etc often schedule groups.  We schedule group lessons regularly for Regis University.  We also work with church groups and The Boy Scouts.  This summer we did a very successful group lesson for Wounded Warriers and their children.

We do not make up groups.  They must come to us together.  Minimum group size is 5.

We do not offer every lesson to groups.  See suggested lessons descriptions below.

Gift certificates are available.

Lessons are scheduled for times of your choosing.  To schedule a lesson, arrange for a gift certificate, or get further information email bob@bobculp.com (preferred since we are not always near a phone) or call 303 - 444 - 0940.  If we can't take your call please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  Let us know what you want and we will agree upon a time that works for both of us.

We always do our best to accomodate last minute bookings.

 

Rock Climbing Lesson Prices

                                                                       Half-day (4 hrs)        Full-day (8 hrs)      

Private lessons                     

1 student per instructor                                        $180                     $290

 

Semi-private lessons

Never more than 2 students per instructor      

2  students                                                              $140 each            $190 each

3 (or more students)                                              $100 each            $160 each

 

                   

Group lessons  (Minimum group size 5)

3 or more students per instructor                          $85 each            $125 each

                                                                                  

 

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What to Bring

 

We provide all technical equipment including helmets, rock shoes and harnesses. Students are encouraged to bring any of their own equipment they wish to use.

You should bring:

Approach shoes (light hiking or jogging shoes for walking to the climbs)
Rugged, comfortable, loose-fitting clothing appropriate for the season
Water

Suggested Items:

UV protective sun glasses or glacier goggles
Sun screen
Food or snacks
Camera

 

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Recommended Reading

 

How to Rock Climb! by John Long
Knots for Climbers by Craig Luebben
Mountaineering, the Freedom of the Hills by the Seattle Mountaineers

 

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Private or Semi-private Lessons

All lessons are planned to fit students' needs as much as possible.  Private and semi-private lessons can cover a wide range of topics.  Each student has a different background.  Some have no previous experience.  Others may have some.  We try to teach what we think each student needs to learn, building upon what they may already know.

The following lessons are suggestions, guidelines that may be helpful when you are trying to decide exactly what you would like to get out of the lesson.

All lessons are taught outdoors on natural rock and combine teaching with a hands-on climbing experience.

 

 

 

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Suggested Climbing Lessons

 

 

Rock Intro

This is a general introduction to outdoor rock climbing, ideal for those who have never climbed or perhaps for those whose only experience is indoor gym climbing.

It is our most popular lesson and is offered to children as well as adults.

In it we teach some of the basics and give the student the opportunity to practice climbing on real rock.

It is half-day or full-day:  private, semi-private or group.

 

 

 

 

 

Gear Placement and Anchor Building

This lesson covers how to use protection (pro), how to place it and how to remove it.  We also teach the basics of anchor-building; both for belays and rappels as well as for top-roping.  We show how to use natural features for anchors and how to set up top-ropes.

This is our second most popular lesson and is particularly useful for those transitioning from the gym to outdoor climbing.

It is half-day:  private, semi-private or group.

 

 

 

Rappelling

In this lesson we teach the most widely accepted methods of rappelling as well as self-rescue techniques such as prussicing.

Rappelling is an essential climbing skill and a source of accidents to those with inadequate training.

It can be a fun outing on it's own as well as a skill needed for canyoneering as well as climbing.

It is half-day: private, semi-private or group.

 

 

 

 

Belaying 

In the belay lesson we teach how to safely top-rope belay, belay the second and belay the leader.  Students practice holding simulated falls.

We also teach self-rescue skills such as escaping the belay when holding an unconscious fallen leader.

Belaying is a critical skill that needs to be practiced and should not be overlooked when you are learning to climb.

It is half-day: private, semi-private or group.

 

 

Basic Rock

The inspiration for this 2-day traditional (trad) rock climbing course came from things I had been doing to train potential climbing partners.

I began teaching Basic Rock, the course, in the same way I trained climbing partners.  They needed to know what I knew about the sport.  They needed to provide solid backup - to be partners I could totally rely upon.  They needed to be able to lead, but did not necessarily need to do much leading on our climbs together.

Over the years a lot has been learned about the sport in general – safety in particular.  Procedures were developed that made the sport much safer.  There are risks involved in climbing that may be managed, but never totally eliminated. We now recognize common mistakes that make it more dangerous, and the ways and habits needed to prevent them.


 

A lot has changed and Basic Rock has changed with every new invention or discovery.

What has not changed though is the fundamental purpose of the course.  That is to set students on the path to becoming competent as a second and providing the vital support that a leader on trad rock climbs relies upon.

I believe this is a good course and an excellent beginning for those seriously interested in trad rock climbing.

Previous experience is always good, but none is required. 

Basic Rock is tailored to suit each individual.

The course is two full days:  private or semi-private.


                   

Multi-pitch Trad Climbing

These lessons are directed towards climbers already familiar with the basics.  They are conducted on multi-pitch climbs where the students get the opportunity to put into practice all the skills required.

They are essentially guided multi-pitch climbs but with emphasis on teaching the details of trad climbing as they are needed.

They are half-day or full-day: private or semi-private.

 

 

 

 

 


Lead Rock Climbing Lessons

 

 

Leading Traditional (Trad) Climbs

In this lesson we cover pro-placement or review it for those already somewhat familiar with the subject.  Students practice mock-leading with a top-rope belay.  Those who are ready may lead a climb under the watchful eye of an experienced instructor.

This lesson is very popular with indoor leaders transitioning to outdoor trad climbing.

How many lessons are needed?

That depends upon the student's abilities and experience.  For many, one half-day is sufficient.  For some, a full-day is recommended.  For a few, leading may not be something they plan to do, but knowing how to safely lead can be very reassuring when they are on a climb with an experienced partner in case of emergency.

It is half-day or full-day: private or semi-private. 

For those moving from indoor climbing to outdoor trad climbing, gear placement and anchor building as well as leading are essential skills.  If you are only going to be sport climbing, gear placement is not usually necessary (although some sport climbs can be made safer with the occasional gear placement).  Knowing how to set up anchors at the top of the climb is required.

 

 

Leading Sport Climbs

In this lesson we practice leading and belaying the leader as well as anchor set-ups.   Since pro-placement is not needed in sport climbing  (usually) we only touch upon it (if students wish)  so they at least have some of the fundamentals.

It is a half-day or full-day: private or semi-private.

 

 


Alpine Rock Climbing

In these lessons our focus is upon technical rock climbing in a mountain environment.  Everything from gear selection to climbing is covered.  How to prepare for a bivouac is discussed.  We do a multi-pitch climb with full alpine gear.

This is a full-day lesson - private or semi-private only.  We do not teach alpine rock climbing as half-days or for groups.

 

Customized Lessons

For those with previous experience, we can combine elements from any of our lessons to suit individual requirements.  They can be either half-day or full-day lessons.  If you are experienced, but wish to take your skills to the next level email (preferred) bob@bobculp.com or call 303 444 0940 and discuss your situation with us.  We can make suggestions.

 

For example:

 

You have some climbing experience and are familiar with the basics.  You are going with friends to climb the Grand Teton and have never done a climb like that. 

We can prepare you with a crash refresher course on gear placement and removal, rappelling, belaying and moving on a multi-pitch climb.  After the lesson you will be ready for the climb.

 

You are a climber of fourteeners and want to learn what you need to know in order to attempt some of the more technical peaks. 

We can familiarize you with the use of climbing gear; when and how to use it.  One lesson can get you started.

 

You climbed quite a bit at one time, but not lately.  You need a refresher course with some practice climbing to remind you of techniques or introduce you to new ones using the latest gear.

One lesson can get you back up to speed.

 

Email (preferred) bob@bobculp.com or call 303 444 0940 and discuss your situation with us.  We can make suggestions.

 


 

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