Learn to Rock Climb or Improve Your Skills

Rock Climbing Courses with an AMGA Guide

Buena Vista, colorado • fall 2018

BVMA is excited to offer rock climbing courses and instruction on our home crags near Buena Vista and Leadville, Colorado in the months of September and October. The weather is usually perfect this time of year and the crags are uncrowded. Come learn and improve your skills in a small class setting in the beautiful Ark Valley. All courses will be led by AMGA ski and rock guide John MacKinnon

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Learn to Lead Sport Climbing

 • September 22nd, 2018

This course introduces gym climbers or newer outdoor rock climbers to the tools and techniques necessary for sport climbing outdoors. While no lead climbing experience is necessary, all participants must know how to tie-in to the rope, belay and have the ability to top-rope 5.8 in the gym or outside. On this course participants will learn how to belay a lead climber, practice lead climbing on bolt-protected sport climbs, and discuss how to build and clean bolted anchors. This course will be held at Bob’s Rock in Buena Vista and will be taught by an AMGA Rock Guide. Bob’s Rock has a variety of bolt-protected sport climbs that range from 5.6 to 5.12. Come learn how to lead climb at the Arkansas Valley’s premier sport crag. 

Course Details

PRICING . . .

Per Climber $145/course

PREREQUISITES . . .

No experience necessary

EQUIPMENT . . .

Climbing Shoes, Harnesses, Helmets (Available for rent)

LOGISTICS . . .

Course Objectives

  1. Compare risks and hazards associated with climbing in the gym to sport climbing outdoors
  2. Demonstrate how to safely belay a lead climber outdoors
  3. Demonstrate how to safely lead climb a bolt-protected sport-climb
  4. Construct an efficient and secure anchor systems using bolted anchors
  5. Demonstrate how to clean a sport-climbing anchor and lower/rappel back to the ground.

Students are responsible for getting to Buena Vista, CO

Max CLIENT TO GUIDE RATIO . . .

5 Clients : 1 Guide

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Intro to Top Rope Anchors

 • september 23rd, 2018

This course is designed for rock climbers who want to learn how to build top-rope anchors in a variety of environments. Participants will learn how to place artificial protection (Cams and Nuts), utilize fixed gear (bolts) and assess natural anchors (trees and rocks) as they construct top-rope climbing anchors. Participants should know how to belay and rappel and have a basic understanding of climbing knots and hitches before arriving to the course. An anchor building course is also a great venue to receive instruction and feedback on gear placement if you are an aspiring traditional rock climber. This course will be held at Bob’s Rock in Buena Vista and will be taught by an AMGA Rock Guide. 

Course Details

PRICING . . .

$145/course

PREREQUISITES . . .

Basic rock climbing skills are required

No lead climbing experience necessary

Climbers should be familiar with belaying and rappelling

Comfortable climbing 5.6 while on top rope

EQUIPMENT . . .

Climbing Shoes, Harnesses, Helmets (Available for rent)

A more detailed list of what you need will be sent with your reservation confirmation email

LOGISTICS . . .

One-Day Course

Students are responsible for getting to Buena Vista, CO

Max CLIENT TO GUIDE RATIO . . .

6 Clients : 1 Guide