Intro to Rock

Introduction to Rock Climbing

Learn how to rock climb

If you have been rock climbing in a gym, but have yet to venture outdoors, then this is the course for you. We offer guiding and instruction with AMGA Certified Guides and are Durango’s most experienced climbing guide service. We consider rock climbing to be the foundation of mountaineering and alpine climbing. In our introductory course we will introduce, review, and gain proficiency in the following skills:

  • Knots
  • Belaying and Ropework
  • Rappelling
  • Climbing Technique
  • Communication
  • Top Rope Anchors

Just a quick word to say thanks for all you did to make my past several days truly rewarding. – D. Mrozek

Intro to Rock Itinerary


Day 1

Meet at our office at 0830 to finalize course paperwork. The group will then head to X-Rock to begin the day’s instruction. The day will finish by 1600

Day 2

This day will be spent at East Animas climbing area covering anchors and climbing some more varied routes to illustrate the varying techniques of rock climbing.

Rock Climbing Equipment List

  • Backpack
  • Appropriate clothing
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Food & snacks
  • Rain jacket

Training & Follow Up Programs

As always, being in good physical shape is an important component of our our programs. A good mixture of cardiovascular fitness, muscular fitness, and especially core strength will help you to maximize the potential rewards that are possible on a great program.

1Before Your Trip

2Follow Up Programs

If and when I decide to tackle the big mountains I will call you guys for sure. I was very impressed with the guides and the service on my last class. Thanks again! – Chris N.

Durango, Colorado: Getting Here

Durango is located in the SW corner of Colorado, at the intersection of the sandstone towers of the desert, and the jagged, San Juan Mountains. A mecca for climbing, hiking, cycling, and foodies; make sure you plan to spend some time in town before and after your SJMG trip.


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Flights: The best option for flying to the area is to fly into Durango – La Plata County Airport. Multiple airline options exist, and most connections originate from Denver, Phoenix, or Dallas. The airport is a 20 minute drive from our office. Many hotels offer a free shuttle pickup. Buckhorn Limousine offers a shuttle as well.

Driving: Below are some approximate driving times if you’d like to drive to Durango. If you plan on renting a car, please consider the winter weather when selecting your vehicle and at a minimum choose something that offers either front wheel or all-wheel drive.

  • Denver, CO: 6 hours
  • Albuquerque, NM: 3 hours

Hotels: Durango has a number of great hotels, suites, and vacation rentals for you to stay in while you’re in the area. Give our office a call at 800-642-5389 if you have any questions about what would suite you best for this trip! Below are just a few options catering to different lodging styles and preferences.

Additional Information

  • Cost Includes:
  • Guides/ instructors
  • Group gear
  • Personal climbing equipment

  • Not Included:

  • Hotel costs before, during, or after the trips
  • 3% land use surcharge, trip cancellation insurance
  • Food
  • Guide gratuity

  • Registration and Cancellation:
  • You will need to fill out our Domestic Registration Form, cancellation policy agreement, and liability waiver.
  • Reservation Policy:

    San Juan Mountain Guides requires full payment at the time of booking.  HOWEVERYOU MAY CANCEL THE TRIP FOR A FULL REFUND AT ANY TIME UP TO 30 DAYS PRIOR TO THE TRIP START DATE. Inside of 30 days you may cancel the trip at any time up until 10 days prior to the trip start date retaining a full credit for a future trip, less a 15% rebooking fee. Cancellation within 10 days of the trip start date will result in the issuing of a credit for a future trip minus a 50% rebooking fee, so please consider purchasing travel insurance if you think short notice cancellation is a possibility.

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