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Multipitch Climbing

Trad Climbing Course
August 8, 2017
Trad Leaders Seminar
August 8, 2017

Multipitch Climbing Course

The 3-day Multipitch Climbing Course is designed to suit the rock climber who has completed the Trad Climbing Course, or has an appreciable amount of personal climbing, to gain a skill level where they’re comfortable to go out rock climbing on their own. In this course you will continue to gain proficiency with building and cleaning anchors, placing removable protection, learn how to belay directly off the anchor, and work on advanced movement skills to take your climbing to the next level. Participants will also be introduced to leading sport climbs and prepared for moving on to the Trad Leaders Seminar.

This course is designed as a continuation of the Trad Climbing Course for clients ready to learn the skills to climb multipitch routes on their own without a guide or more experienced climbers in the group. The emphasis of the course is establishing quality anchors, quality belays and lowers, placing and removing gear, and improving climbing technique on climbs rated 5.9 – 5.10+.

Venues for this program include Eldorado Canyon near Boulder, CO or Unaweep Canyon near Grand Junction, CO.

Participant Goals for the Course

At the conclusion of the 3-day Multipitch Climbing Course participants will have gained competency and in the following skills and be introduced to additional advanced skills:

rexerDefeat unweighted plaquette and lower
rexerRisk assessment – directional protection placement
rexerBuild multiple types of traditional anchors
rexerPlace traditional protection on mock lead
rexerExecute a series of climbing movements
rexerLead sport climbs up to 5.8
rexerTop belay with a plaquette
rexerPerform a multi-pitch rappel

2024 Dates

Call (970-946-0713) or email to set up a trip! Minimum 3 participants to run the course.


$649 per person

rexerNo Hidden Fees

  • Guiding and instruction with an AMGA Certified/Trained Guide
  • All rock climbing gear (harness, helmet, rock shoes, etc.)

Advanced Rock Climbing Itinerary

Day 1

Meet your guide at 0800 at the entrance to Eldorado Canyon State Park. Your Course Leader will give you a quick briefing, help you fill out a couple forms, and fit you in whatever demo equipment you might need.

A short hike will take you to the rock climbing venue where you will begin the days instruction. We’ll start with a short review of climbing principles covered in previous programs and then we will move on to the instruction topics for the day. Covered topics will include – climbing technique and movement on climbs up to 5.10+ with a focus on crack climbing technique, resting in steep terrain, body positioning etc.  The day will progress with plenty of climbing and “hands on” application of the topics for the course. The day will finish up no later than 4:00 pm.

Day 2

Course participants will meet at 0800 at the entrance to Eldorado Canyon State Park. Review fundamentals from Day 1, then the group will move into the topics of advanced anchoring, multi-pitch strategies, defeating a plaquette, and of course – plenty of rock climbing.

Day 3

Course participants will meet at 0800 at the entrance to Lumpy Ridge. Review fundamentals from Day 2, then the group will move into the topics of anchoring, top rope setups, additional knots/hitches, and of course – plenty of rock climbing. At the conclusion of the course, your instructor will give you personal feedback regarding your potential next steps in the climbing progression. At the conclusion of the course, your instructor will give you personal feedback regarding your potential next steps in the climbing progression.

We have honed our curriculum and itinerary through many years of ice climbing instruction. These courses offer a great way to introduce yourself to the sport of rock climbing in a fun, more affordable group atmosphere.

Rock Climbing Equipment List

BackpackDescriptionGuide's Pick
The Osprey Mutant 38 represents an excellent all around performer for Ice Climbing trips in the Ouray Ice Park and surrounding San Juan backcountry.
Water BottlesDescriptionGuide's Pick
We recommend wide mouth Nalgene (or similar) water bottles for the majority of our programs. Two 1 liter bottles is the standard for days in the mountains.
Personal FoodDescriptionGuide's Pick
Lunch begins when breakfast ends and ends when dinner begins. Bring what you like to eat and consider the length, relative difficulty, weight, and other factors when deciding what to bring in the mountains with you. A variety is always best. Don't be afraid of Mr. T.
SunscreenDescriptionGuide's Pick
Essential for all of our programs. SPF 30 would be our minimum recommendation. Typically a 4 oz. bottle will suffice but consider trip length when deciding how much to pack.
Belay DeviceDescriptionGuide's Pick
A belay device is a required item on any of our technical climbing or mountaineering courses. While not necessary to have the Guide ATC specifically, we think owning one of these offers additional versatility as you progress and gain additional knowledge about the various levels of functionality provided by a device of this type.
HarnessDescriptionGuide's Pick
The BD Aspect Harness is a great all around performer for all types of climbing - ice, rock, alpine etc. The adjustable leg loops and integrated ice clipper loops make this a solid investment as your do-all harness.
Locking CarabinersDescriptionGuide's Pick
We recommend at minimum 2 - 3 personal locking carabiners on our climbing courses and any technical private guided program. We prefer classic screw gate carabiners over other types of locking mechanisms.
Climbing HelmetDescriptionGuide's Pick
A versatile, hybrid-shell helmet for lightweight protection in any discipline, the Vector features excellent ventilation and a ratcheting adjuster.

Training & Follow Up Climbs

As always, being in excellent 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 climbing trip.

Specific to Rock Climbing – it is a great idea to experience rock climbing in a gym first prior to your first experience outside!

Before Your Trip

Familiarity with all the principles taught in our Intermediate Course progression and other climbing techniques can be very helpful for our Advanced Course participants.  Participants should be comfortable top roping and following climbs rated 5.10.

Follow Up Climbs

Boulder, Colorado: Getting There

Boulder, Colorado is located in the Northeastern part of Colorado and approximately 30 minutes from Denver International Airport. A mecca for climbing, hiking, cycling, and foodies; make sure you plan to spend some time in town before and after your SJMG trip. Boulder, CO serves as the launching point for all of our rock climbing courses and climbs in the Front Range.

*If you are planning to combine additional days of climbing in Eldorado Canyon or The Flatirons then Boulder, CO is also a logical place to base your lodging for your trip.

plane-icon The best option for flying to the area is to fly into Denver, CO. Many airline options exist, and because Denver is a major airline and travel destination there are typically many one-way flights to choose from.


suv-icon You will likely need a to organize a rental car to drive to Boulder, CO from Denver. Typically in the summer months you can choose any type of vehicle but in the spring and winter months please consider that weather can change rapidly in the mountains so an All Wheel Drive or Four Wheel Drive vehicle is worth considering. Below are some approximate driving times to get to Boulder, CO.

  • Denver, CO: 30 minutes
  • Estes Park, CO: 45 minutes
  • Colorado Springs, CO: 2 hours


hotel-icon-2 Boulder, CO also 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 suit you best for this trip!

Program Policies

Registration & Cancellation

Advance Registration is required for this program.  You have the option to either call our office and register via phone or utilize our secure Online Reservation System.  All participants must read and sign an Assumption of Risks/Liability Waiver and agree to our Reservations and Cancellations Policies.


  • Guiding and Instruction with an AMGA Certified/Trained Guide
  • All rock climbing gear (harness, helmet, rock shoes, etc.)



  • Transportation to Boulder, CO
  • Hotel costs before, during, or after the program
  • Guide gratuity
  • Lunch food or snacks
  • Personal hiking/climbing clothing
  • Trip Cancellation Insurance (recommended)
  • Costs associated with weather delays or other variables beyond the control of San Juan Mountain Guides

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