Clear Creek Canyon | Colorado

Guided Sport Climbing in Clear Creek

Season

Peak season is spring through fall

Nearest city

Denver is just a half hour drive from the Clear Creek

Duration

Half day to Full day

Skill level

All skill levels are welcome!

Push your limits on Clear Creek’s challenging crags!

Clear Creek Canyon’s steep vertical ascending high above its namesake creek might look frightening at first. Don’t let the overhang climbs chase you away, though. While Clear Creek’s challenging 5.10s will surely humble many climbers, there are plenty of walls for newbies, as well. Clear Creek is a great training ground for learning new skills such as leading sport climbs. You can explore the many beginner routes and multi-pitch sport climbs alike, all while soaking in breathtaking views and the creekside location. Plus, Clear Creek’s granite faces stay cool even in Colorado’s hottest summers.

Most Popular Itineraries

A Customized Full Day of Private Climbing With a Guide

From $110 per person · Full day

Prepare for a full day of climbing where you’ll focus completely on getting the most out of your Clear Creek trip. Expert local guides customize rock climbing courses that cater to your skills, objectives and goals. Plus, bring your whole crew. Guides will adjust the tempo to individual skill and fitness levels.

A Customized Half Day of Private Climbing With a Guide

From $70 per person · Half day

If a full day sounds extreme, or you simply keep a tight schedule, book a half day with the pros. You’ll gain attention to detail and customized support during your experience. Share your objectives, wishes and demands with your guide, then prepare for a morning or afternoon of challenging and thrilling rock climbing.

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Why should I go rock climbing?

Rock climbing is more than just a sport; it’s problem solving on-the-go. It’s a balance of intuition and fluidity of movement. The fun comes from the possibilities — each route with a variety of options and only a fraction of them leading to success. When you finally master a climb, after hours of practice, it transcends mere sport and is akin to art.

What’s included?

What you get in this adventure:

  • An experienced, local rock climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
  • A 4-6 hour rock climbing session
  • All technical climbing gear

Technical gear list

All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:

  • Helmet
  • Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
  • Rock shoes* (included in the price, but we recommend bringing your own if you have them)
  • Ropes
  • Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:

  • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
  • Water bottle
  • Food you can eat on-the-go
  • Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera — optional

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

What if I’ve never climbed before?

No prior experience is necessary. Whether you’ve never donned a harness or you’re a seasoned climber, a guide will help you meet your individual objectives. Above all, your instructor’s number one priority is your safety.

What does a typical day look like?

Guided climbing trips are private and customized to your ability level. After booking, guides will contact you about possible meeting locations and orient you to the climbing area.

If you’re new to climbing, your guide will cover all the foundational safety guidelines that go along with climbing outside. You’ll review and practice safe belaying techniques, how to communicate effectively on the rope, climbing movement, and how to get the most out of climbing in the wilderness. Then, it’s time to hit the rocks.

After your first climb, you can decide if you want an added challenge or to scale back. This is your trip, so you’ll work with the guiding team to make it into the ideal adventure. If there are specific skills or goals you would like to work on, your guide will always be willing to accommodate.

How fit do I need to be?

If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus, but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. So don’t let your perceived lack of strength keep you away from rock climbing — you’ve got what it takes.

What is the minimum age requirement?

  • If you are older than 18y, you’re good to go.
  • Teens aged 12-17 can go on their own, but a guardian will need to provide a signed waiver before an outing with the guide.
  • Kids younger than 11 can easily go out and try climbing, but only in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

What about group sizes and pricing?

Group sizes are usually between 1–4 people with one instructor. Also, costs per person decrease as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.
Climbing days can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.

What about bad weather?

As the saying goes, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad preparation,” and you can expect your guides to be fully prepared for anything. Inclement weather can always get in the way of climbing, but your guide will know the best spots to move to if the weather takes a turn.

On the rare occasion of truly bad weather, your instructor will present you with suitable alternatives. The most common practice is to reschedule your climbing to a more favorable day or suitable location nearby, if it exists.

If no options presented were viable to you, you will be issued a full refund.

Cancelation policy

All policies regarding cancellation, rescheduling and trip insurance will be clearly laid out by your guide prior to booking your adventure. Contact us if you’d like more information on a specific adventure.

Getting there and meeting location

Most common meet-up spot for climbers is the Canal Zone parking area on the south side of US-6, located about 200 yards west of the intersection of CO-58, CO-93, and US-6 in Golden, CO.

  • If you’re traveling by car from Denver, head out on 6th Avenue and exit at Golden. Turn left on US-6 into the canyon.

The exact meeting location with your guide will be laid out after the booking is made.

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