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


Per Climber $145/course


No experience necessary


Climbing Shoes, Harnesses, Helmets (Available for rent)


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


5 Clients : 1 Guide

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Intro to Traditional Climbing

 October 6th, 2018

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. Course Details




Basic skills with bolted anchors are required

No experience placing trad protection is required

Climbers should be experienced belaying and rappelling

Comfortable climbing 5.8 while on top rope


Climbing Shoes, Harnesses, Helmet

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


One-Day Course

Students are responsible for getting to Buena Vista, CO


4 Clients : 1 Guide