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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

We offer introduction to climbing classes anytime the weather is nice. We generally recommend this as a single full day so we can cover as much of the skills as possible but more experienced indoor climbers or those with some previous experience may find a shorter day adequate.

1 Instructor Half Day (4 hours) Regular Day (6 hours) Full Day (8 hours)
1 Student $179 $229 $279
2 Students $159 $199 $249
3 Students $129 $159 $189
4-6 Students $99 $129 $159

Rate Information:

Previous guests enjoy a 10% discount on all our services. All rates are per person, e.g. 3 people for a regular rock climbing day would be $159/person for a total of $477. Half Day trips generally run from 8:00 AM-12:00 PM and 2:00 PM- 6:00 PM​ from May through September.

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.