RMNP Alpine Climbs

Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) needs little introduction as one of the most beautiful national parks in the U.S. From moderate, fun multi-pitch ridge climbs to the premiere alpine big wall known as The Diamond, RMNP has some of the most beautiful climbing in the U.S. One should have a good deal experience on multi-pitch climbs, and one should feel in shape enough to hike five miles uphill in the dark and then climb a big face. All this said, the climbs are magnificent and unforgettable.

*We have a limited use technical guide permit for Rocky Mountain National Park, so trips are limited. Reserve  a trip today before we run out of spots. Choose from the Classic Climbs listed below or if you have another climb in mind, give us a call and lets plan an adventure today!

All Alpine Trips Include
Trained and/or certified guide, Climbing gear, Ropes, Harness, Helmet, Rock shoes.

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Spearhead, North Ridge (Alpine 5.6)

Price: 1 person – $599 / 2 people – $999

Prepare yourself for the adventure of a lifetime.  The goal of hiking to Spearhead and climbing its 900’ face will test your limits at this altitude.  This complete adventure will take most of the day and all of your hard work will pay off at the summit, dwarfed only by Longs Peak looming in the east, the complete exposure and direct line of sight down at all you’ve accomplished makes this one of my personal favorites in all of the Rockies!  Plan on a 12-14-hour day 6 miles of hiking each way and 900’ of classic moderate climbing. If the adventure of Spearhead seems like to much work, hopefully we have inspired a goal, and together, we hope to help you reach new heights!

The Petit Grepon, South Face  (Alpine 5.8)

Price: 1 person – $599 / 2 people – $999

The Petit Grepon, named after a mountain in the French Alps overlooking Chamonix, is in a beautiful setting overlooking Sky Pond and surrounded by a cirque of rocky spires. Dihedrals, large chimneys, comfortable belays, & the exposed Pizza Pan Belay Ledge, there is a reason this was named one of the 50 Classic Climbs of North America. Highly recommended to climb during the week, due to heavy weekend crowds.  

Hallet Peak, Culp Bossier  (Alpine 5.8+)

Price: 1 person – $599 / 2 people – $999

This climb has a relatively short approach and an easy descent, but one must be prepared for the committing 8 pitches. This route sets the standard for alpine climbing in the Rocky Mountain National Park.  Short airy traverses, lengthy and wandering pitches, one massive ledge that allows for both rest and enjoyable views, and a stunning summit that opens up in every direction all make up one classic adventure that you will never forget!

Longs Peak, The Casual Route  (Alpine 5.10a)

Price: 1 person – $999 / 2 people – $1,799

The Casual Route is the easiest route on “The Diamond.”  Those familiar with The Diamond have this route as a career checklist climb.  A 5-mile approach to the daunting 1400’ wall with most of the climbing over 13,000’ of elevation commands respect.  While many of the pitches are much easier than 5.10a, the best 5.8 fist crack the in park for example, save some energy because the crux pitches come at the very top!  This full day adventure will get you to the top of the ever-sought-after Longs Peak on the path less travelled! Climbers should be prepared for a potential 14-16-hour day or consider breaking this into 2 days and a night of camping at the base of the wall.

Other Options:
– Blitzen Ridge, (5.4)
– Sharkstooth, Northeast Ridge (5.6)
– The Saber, Kor Route (5.9-)
– Spearhead, Sykes Sickle, (5.10a)
– Hallett, Jackson-Johnson, (5.9)
– Dreamweaver, Mt Meeker (MI 2/3)

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT SHOULD I BRING FOR ROCK CLIMBING OR HIKING?
– Headlamp/Flashlight (Not required on most trips)
– Sunscreen/Lip Balm (Especially at high altitude sun exposure)
– Sunglasses
– Brimmed Hat and/or Warm Hat
– Gloves
– Hiking boots
– Camera
– Hiking poles (optional)
– Fleece Jacket
– Rain Jacket or Poncho
– A small day pack to carry these items
– Water (Stay hydrated, better to much than to little!)

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Please feel free to ask any questions! We recommend wearing comfortable, loose fitting, synthetic clothing. NO COTTON! Mountain weather is unpredictable, so be prepared for rain, sun, and cold weather. Do not hike in a brand-new pair of boots, be sure to break them in first by wearing them around town for at least a full day.

WHAT SHOULD I EAT?
Food is important for both half and full day trips. A light snack for half days and a nutritious lunch for full days. Water is the most important item of all. On trips longer than 4 hours long, we will supply lunch, so please reach out to us if you have any dietary restrictions!

WHAT IF IT RAINS?
Rock climbing in the rain isn’t much fun, we know this. If we get rained out halfway through we will charge for only half of the day. Thunderstorms will shut us down immediately as well, no getting struck by lightning under our watch!
A hike will not necessarily be cancelled for rain (Afternoon thundershowers commonly pass quickly), but we will not go above treeline if storms are in the area. Any hikes going above treeline may have to turn back due to weather. If the weather looks so bad that we decide that we should cancel the trip you are entitled to a full refund.

CANCELLATIONS
If you cancel a trip for any reason up to 24 hours before your trip, you are entitled to a full refund. We cannot refund within 24 hours or for no shows the day of the trip. If weather is bad and we have to cancel, you will receive a full refund. We will pro-rate an outing for the time you were not able to hike.

OUR GUIDES
Our guides are professional, out-going and experienced. All our guides are CPR and First Aid certified. Guides are compensated for their time but happily accept gratuities for exceptional service.

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