April through November
1-4 people; larger groups accommodated on request
Beginner to advanced
Climb everything from slab scrambles to multi-pitch mega climbs
At the edge of Boulder, Colorado sits the Flatirons, one of the best climbing areas on the Front Range. With over 900 routes, and climbs that top out at 1,400 feet, you’ll find plenty of options for sport and trad climbing, along with the odd awesome scramble. The routes here range from 5.0 to 5.14a, so there’s truly something for every level of climber, with enough diversity to keep any climber busy for a lifetime.
Most Popular Itineraries
A Customized Day of Climbing With a Private Guide
The Flatirons are a perfect playground for absolute beginners and anyone more advanced looking to hone their existing skills. Brief your guide with your climbing goals, and they’ll choose the perfect route to suit your needs. They’ll ensure that you enjoy a challenge, learn new techniques, and make the most out of your time in the Flatirons.
Learn to Lead Climbing Course
Once you’ve gathered some experience and feel confident in your skills, the next step is leading. The Flatirons’ challenging slabs serve as your training ground in this course, which covers gear selection, the fundamentals of lead climbing, gear placement, and the dynamics of lead climbing systems. Designed for climbers at an intermediate or advanced skill level, previous top-rope climbing experience is a must.
Safety Skills and Self-Rescue Clinic
Climbers should always be prepared for the unexpected, and the Flatirons are the perfect venue to learn life-saving rescue skills. In this one-day clinic, you’ll learn about ascending ropes, haul systems, lowers, weighted transitions, tandem rappels and all sorts of tricks needed to climb safely. You’ll leave with the skills to assess and mitigate risk and know what to do in the event of an emergency.
Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing Day
Are you ready to move on from single-pitch climbing to something more challenging? The unpredictable yet fun sandstone of the Flatirons is the perfect place to develop your multi-pitch climbing skills. Your guide will introduce you to everything from appropriate gear to advanced techniques, putting it all into practice on one of the Flatiron’s classic routes.
Things you need to know
Covid measures in The Flatirons
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 travellers. 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 The Flatirons, please refer to Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment website.
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 in this adventure:
- An experienced, local rock climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- An 8-hour rock climbing lesson per day
- All technical climbing gear
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 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 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.)
- 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.
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:
- 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.)
Why should I book with 57hours?
With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.
What about group sizes and pricing?
- Group sizes are usually between 1–4 people with one instructor.
- Also, costs per person may decrease as the group grows for private tours, 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.
- If you’re booking alone but want to join a group climbing class, you’ll be placed with peers of similar skill level.
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 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.
With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.
For this adventure, 57hours offers a Moderate Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations fourteen (14) to twenty nine (29) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. For cancellations zero (0) to thirteen (13) days in advance, the Client is not entitled to any refund.
For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.
Getting there and meeting location
You will meet your guide in Boulder, the home of the Flatirons. Boulder is about 40 miles from Denver International Airport (DEN), where highway access is a breeze to get to the park.