Intermediate Rock Climbing

Intermediate Rock Climbing Course


For those who have had several days of rock climbing instruction, and are interested in furthering their skills for more difficult rock climbs or developing leading skills we offer a 2 day intermediate rock climbing course. This program begins with a brief review of introductory techniques then progresses to more advanced instruction in areas such as improving movement on rock, building and cleaning anchors, and multi-pitch techniques.

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



Basic Knot Review, Rappelling & Belay Review

Belaying the leader

Rope Management & Systems

Advanced Knots

Rock Protection – removing & placing


Intermediate Climbing Techniques & Movement Skills

Partner Rescue Skills – Fundamentals

Intermediate Rock Equipment List

  • Backpack
  • Appropriate clothing
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Food & snacks
  • Rain jacket
  • Climbing Helmet
  • Climbing Harness: with belay loop
  • Climbing shoes or approach shoes: in which you can climb up to 5.7
  • Standard “lead climbing rack”: such as, stoppers/nuts, SLCD’s, tri-cams, etc.
  • Assorted 24” and 48” runners: must have one 48” runner
  • 2 or more non-locking carabiners
  • 2 or more locking carabiners
  • Belay/rappel device: such as the “Reverso”, “ATC”, etc.
  • Prussic loops: 1m of 5mm Nylon Accessory Cord
  • Cordelettes: 5m of 7mm Nylon Accessory Cord

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:
  • AMGA instruction and guiding
  • Personal Climbing Gear if needed
  • Group Rock Climbing Gear

  • Not Included:
  • 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, and send it to us with a 50% deposit as early as possible prior to the course date. Balance is due on the first day of the course. Please click on our Registration/Travel link to access the required forms.

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