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Crack and Slab Technique Instruction

When it comes to outdoor climbing certain techniques like face climbing and roofs can translate pretty well from indoor climbing. Rarely though do people understand the nuances of two particular techniques. Slab climbing and crack climbing technique are two areas where many climbers struggle. by working with a climbing guide at one of the many areas across Colorado we can help climbers find the balance and technique to ascend these features with more confidence and style. Improving one's climbing movement skills is also hugely beneficial when learning to lead so the leader can focus on the other aspects of leading outdoors and not have so many issues with confidence on the rock itself.

What You'll Learn


While rope skills are certainly important the ability to know the techniques to cleanly ascend different types of terrain so during these climbing classes we’ll teach participants to:


  • Utilize proper foot placement and body alignment to maintain balance.
  • Different hand placement techniques for different size cracks.
  • Important techniques to maximize friction on seemingly featureless slabs.

After taking this climbing course participants should notice an improvement in their confidence on cracks and slab climbs.


Climbing Instruction Rates and Availability

1 Instructor Half Day (4 hours) Regular Day (6 hours) Full Day (8 hours)
1 Students $309 $369 $429
2 Students $249 $309 $369
3 Students $199 $249 $309
4 Students $149 $199 $249
2 instructors to keep low ratios for the best experience!
5-8 Students $119 $149 $199

Rate Information:

Rates are per person, e.g. 3 people for a Regular Day would be $259/person for a total of $777. Trip start times are custom but generally we recommend 8AM starts for most rock climbing May through September to avoid heat, crowding, and afternoon thunderstorms.

Discount Information: We appreciate our guests but discounts are limited to the following and cannot be combined with any other offer.

Early Bird Discounts and Last Chance Pricing: Book early and save! Schedule any rock climbing trip a month or more in advance for a 10% discount. Any trip booked with less than 48 hours notice incur a $100 convenience fee.

Bundle Pricing: The ultimate way to get started climbing! Purchase 3 or more days of climbing guiding or instruction at once for a 10% discount. Schedule at your convenience.

Best Places to Learn


There are a variety of areas on from the climbing on the Front Range to the arid Western Slope to train crack or slab skills year round.

Required Skills


Participants should be capable of the following prior to participating in this course:

  • Basic outdoor self care. What to wear, how much water and snacks, etc.
  • Putting on a regular climbing harness, shoes, and helmet without assistance.
  • The ability to use different device for toprope belaying is a requirement.
  • The ability to clean and descend routes using lowering or rappeling techniques is strongly encouraged to make more time to focus on climbing technique instead of rope skills.


Participants without the required skills may be asked to book additional days to ensure the best learning experience.

Follow Up Classes


Learning climbing techniques is important to instill confidence. Here are some classes that are good once you feel solid on the climbing part.