Top three reasons to go rock climbing in Aspen
Access to hundreds of routes throughout the valley
Aspen boasts some of the most challenging rock terrain in the country
Scenic views and plethora of possibilities make it a common destinations for climbers
Everyone recognizes Aspen as one of the world’s premier winter destinations, but the warmer months bring in cozy temperatures, plenty of bluebird days, and a plethora of options for any outdoor enthusiast. Aspen Snowmass is a four-mountain system with its two standouts being the iconic Aspen Mountain and 14,000-foot Snowmass Mountain. The area also boasts hundreds of routes throughout the area, such as longer single pitch routes like El Diablo De Oro, pitch walls like the Grotto Wall Link, or Independence Pass, an often overlooked but ultra-worthy granite area. The high-alpine feel and picturesque walls with routes ranging from 5.6 to 5.11a offer something for everyone, whether you’re a newcomer or an experienced climber looking for a challenge.
June through October
Denver, CO, is 3.5 hours away from Aspen
Beginner to advanced
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A Customised Day of Multi-Pitch Climbing in Aspen
This Multi-Pitch adventure is the best option for climbers who want to upgrade their skill and climb longer quality routes. Over the course of 6-9 hours, you can focus on transitions and moving efficiently through terrain and climb a minimum of 6 pitches with an expert guide. There is also a possibility to link up a number of 2-3 pitch walls, like the Grotto Wall Link! Enjoy the breathtaking scenic views as you put more experience under your belt and prepare for longer future adventures!
Meet your guides
Head Guide and Co-Owner of Aspen ExpeditionsHead Guide and Co-Owner of Aspen Expeditions
Head Guide and Co-Owner of Aspen Expeditions
This was my fifth season climbing with Aspen Expeditions, and each trip is better than the last. They’ve taken me on all kinds of missions – rock climbing, peak bagging and long hikes in the backcountry. Every year they impress me with their knowledge, patience and energy. They go out of their way to research and plan my adventures – and that kind of attention and dedication keeps me coming back as a client year after year. They have an excellent team and I highly recommend them.
Aspen Expeditions is very knowledgeable, professional, and safe while providing fun and the thrill for adrenaline. My sister and I were fortunate enough to take a free beginner/intermediate class at “the burger shack” up independence pass. The instructors, Ben, Sam, (who were getting certified), and Amos the owner demonstrated the basics of how to climb while giving us great advice to improve our climbing. This company has something for all ages and I would highly recommend it to anyone with a sense of adventure! Thank you Aspen Expeditions!
Aspen Ex took me up to Independence Pass for some rock climbing. It was awesome! Scott was great and took the time to understand my skill level and goals for the day to customize the experience. He checked in with me regularly and adjusted how high, how hard, and how fast based on how I was feeling. He was incredibly knowledgeable and taught me so much to improve my form, technique, and build my confidence! I’d highly recommend them.
Things to know
Covid measures in Aspen, CO
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Aspen, please refer to the Pitkin County and Colorado State websites.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, local AMGA trained/certified mountain guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A full day of rock climbing (+/- 6 hours)
- 3% USFS land use surcharge
- All technical climbing gear
What’s not included:
- Food and snacks
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. To ensure you have a fun day, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.
What if I’ve never climbed before?
Aspen has plenty of options for beginner climbers. However, this is a multi-pitch climbing day and you should have some previous experience in rock climbing. Your guide will customize the day to suit your skill level and objectives. With a guide by your side, you’ll learn something new, stay safe on the rocks, and most importantly, have fun!
For intermediate to advanced climbers, Aspen has loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best hidden gems the area has to offer.
What about required equipment?
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:
- 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)
- Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)
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.)
- 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. If you are climbing in summer, keep in mind that the temperatures tend to be warm and mild, but can easily drop as you head up in elevation. Rain and thunderstorms occasionally occur so rain gear will be essential if necessary. You will travel in the backcountry and should be prepared for any or all weather conditions.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- The group size for these private climbs are usually between 1–6 people with a 2:1 guest to guide ratio.
- Costs per person decrease as the group grows for private tours, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.
Climbing days in Aspen can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Aspen, most people fly into Denver International Airport, 3.5 hours away. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service. You can also fly into Aspen airport (ASE) which is a 15-minute drive away. You can hire a rental car, arrange a shuttle with your accommodation, or take one of the free city buses. The climbing areas are only around 15-25 minutes from downtown Aspen, offering amazing views of the surrounding peaks and the Roaring Fork River.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at Aspen Expeditions’ shop, at the base of Aspen Highlands, or another predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.