Learn to Rock Climb

Rock Climbing Courses with an AMGA Guide

Buena Vista, colorado

BVMA is excited to offer rock climbing courses and instruction on our home crags near Buena Vista and Leadville, Colorado. The weather is usually perfect 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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Sport Climbing 101

Learn how to rock climb outdoors

Foundational climbing skills such as knot tying, belaying, rappelling, anchors, climbing techniques, and more!

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.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Learn how to belay a lead climber outdoors

  • Demonstrate how to safely lead climb a bolt-protected sport-climb

  • Construct efficient and secure anchor systems

  • Develop skills to build efficient and secure anchor systems, as well as, how to clean bolted anchors

  • Compare risks and hazards associated with climbing in the gym to sport climbing outdoors

Course Details

PRICING . . .

Per Climber $145/course

PREREQUISITES . . .

Must have the ability to top-rope 5.8 in the gym or outside

Dates . . .

Custom dates available by request. Call us to schedule.

EQUIPMENT . . .

Climbing Shoes, Harnesses, Helmets (available for rent)

LOGISTICS . . .

One-Day Course

Day consist of both classroom and field practicum

Meet at Watershed BV 410 E Main St, Buena Vista 81211

Check out our Local Lodging Partners. Please Contact Us for additional lodging options.

Students are responsible for getting to Buena Vista, CO

Max CLIENT TO GUIDE RATIO . . .

5 Clients : 1 Guide

 


 
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Sport Climbing 201

Refine Outdoor Climbing Movement and Skills

BUILD OFF SPORT CLIMBING 101 AND GAIN EFFICIENCY AT CLIMBING MOVEMENT AND SPORT CLIMBING ANCHORING TECHNIQUES

This course is open to participants who are in the process of learning to lead climb on bolted sport routes and want to improve their movement and their anchoring systems. Spend a day at the crag with an AMGA Rock Guide refining the skills you learned on Sport Climbing 101.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Gain efficiency with sport climbing anchor systems

  • Refine climbing movement while lead climbing on bolt-protected sport climbs

  • Practice cleaning bolted anchors

  • Practice rappelling

Course Details

PRICING . . .

$145/course

PREREQUISITES . . .

Must have the ability to top-rope 5.8 in the gym or outside

Dates . . .

Custom dates available by request. Call us to schedule.

EQUIPMENT . . .

Climbing Shoes, Harnesses, Helmet (available for rent)

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

LOGISTICS . . .

One-Day Course

Day consist of both classroom and field practicum

Meet at The Trailhead 402 E Main St, Buena Vista, CO 81211

Check out our Local Lodging Partners. Please Contact Us for additional lodging options.

Students are responsible for getting to Buena Vista, CO

Max CLIENT TO GUIDE RATIO . . .

5 Clients : 1 Guide

 


 
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Intro to Traditional Climbing

for experienced rock climbers

Launch your training for becoming a proficient trad climber

This course is designed for the experienced rock climber who wants to learn about leading traditional rock climbs. Participants will review gear placements and anchoring systems before “mock” leading a traditional rock climb. Participants will receive feedback on gear placements, anchors, movement, and rope-management strategies. No experience with gear placements is necessary for this course but participants should know how to belay, rappel, construct basic rock climbing anchors using bolted anchors, and feel comfortable top-roping 5.8 outdoors. Both the Introduction to Top Rope Anchors and the Introduction to Sport Climbing courses are recommended prerequisites. This course will take place at either Bob’s Rock or Monitor Rock and will be taught by an AMGA Rock Guide.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Review anchor building concepts

  • Demonstrate how to safely and efficiently place active and passive protection

  • Demonstrate how to a lead or mock-lead a traditional climb

  • Summarize the hazards associated with leading traditional rock climbs

COURSE DETAILS

PRICING . . .

$145/course

PREREQUISITES . . .

Basic skills with bolted anchors are required

No experience placing trad gear is required

Climbers should be experienced belaying and rappelling

Comfortable climbing 5.8 while on top rope

Dates . . .

Custom dates available by request. Call us to schedule.

EQUIPMENT . . .

Climbing Shoes, Harnesses, Helmet (available for rent)

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

LOGISTICS . . .

One-Day Course

Day consist of both classroom and field practicum

Meet at The Trailhead 402 E Main St, Buena Vista, CO 81211

Check out our Local Lodging Partners. Please Contact Us for additional lodging options.

Students are responsible for getting to Buena Vista, CO

Max CLIENT TO GUIDE RATIO . . .

5 Clients : 1 Guide

 


 
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Rock Rescue Clinic

Gain necessary rock rescue skills

LEARN THE TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES TO EFFICIENTLy GET YOU AND YOUR PARTNERS OUT OF TROUBLE IN THE VERTICAL ROCK ENVIRONMENT

This course is for experienced rock climbers who want to learn foundational rock rescue skills for the single pitch and multi-pitch environment. Participants will learn about belay escapes, how to release loaded “auto-locking” belay devices, haul systems, lowering techniques, and basic load transfers. These are the skills you hope you never have to use but need to have in your back pocket in the event of an emergency. Participants should know how to belay/rappel and be familiar with basic knots and hitches before enrolling in this course. This course will take place at Bob’s Rock and will be taught by an AMGA Rock Guide.  

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Perform basic rescue techniques in a bottom-managed signal pitch setting

  • Demonstrate how to release a loaded auto-locking belay device

  • Construct haul systems using 2:1, 3:1 and 5:1 mechanical advantage

  • Demonstrate how to “escape the belay” in a multi-pitch setting

  • Demonstrate a “knot pass” during a lowering scenario

PRICING . . .

$145/course

PREREQUISITES . . .

Familiarity with belaying, rappelling, basic knots and friction hitches

Multi-pitch rock climbing experience is recommended but not required

Dates . . .

Custom dates available by request. Call us to schedule.

EQUIPMENT . . .

Climbing Shoes, Harnesses, Helmet (available for rent)

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

LOGISTICS . . .

One-Day Course

Day consist of both classroom and field practicum

Meet at The Trailhead 402 E Main St, Buena Vista, CO 81211

Check out our Local Lodging Partners. Please Contact Us for additional lodging options.

Students are responsible for getting to Buena Vista, CO

Max CLIENT TO GUIDE RATIO . . .

5 Clients : 1 Guide

 

 
MOUNTAINEERING SKILLS FOR CLIMBING 14ERS
Steep Snow Climbing

Steep Snow Climbing Clinic

MOUNTAINEERING SKILLS FOR CLIMBING 14ERS

SPEND A DAY LEARNING HOW TO CLIMB IN STEEP SNOW. PRACTICE MAKING SNOW ANCHORS AND SETTING UP SIMPLE ROPE SYSTEMS.

This 1-day clinic introduces participants to the climbing techniques and basic ropework necessary for moderate and steep snow objectives. Participants will practice climbing on firm snow with crampons and an ice ax, and learn how to self-arrest with the ice ax. Additionally, there will be time to practice building anchors and use simple belay and rappel techniques for snow climbing. This course is a great way to learn necessary skills for climbing Colorado’s 14ers in the spring and early summer. No experience necessary. Moderate level of difficulty.  

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Learn how to securely climb on moderately steep snow with crampons and one ice ax

  • Practice self-arrest with the ice ax

  • Practice constructing snow anchors and learn how to belay/rappel off of them

  • Discuss how and when to add a rope for security while snow climbing

PRICING . . .

$195 person/course

PREREQUISITES . . .

None

Dates . . .

Custom dates available by request. Call us to schedule.

EQUIPMENT . . .

Crampons - 10 point or 12 point. (Available for rent)

Mountaineering Boots - Leather or plastic. Must fit with crampons. Alpine touring or telemark boots are OK. (Available for rent)

Lightweight climbing harness (Available for rent)

2 locking carabiners (Available for rent)

Helmet (Available for rent)

Backpack - 30 Liters capacity and has the ability to carry ice ax and crampons. (Available for rent)

LOGISTICS . . .

Two and a half-Day Course

Meet at The Trailhead 402 E Main St, Buena Vista, CO 81211

Check out out our Local Lodging Partners or Contact Us for additional lodging options.

Max CLIENT TO GUIDE RATIO . . .

5 Clients : 1 Guide