April through November
The Flatirons lie on the edge of Boulder, CO
Beginner to advanced
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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 Private Climbing With a 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.
Gym to Crag Transition Class
If you’ve mastered all the walls at your climbing gym, a gym to crag transition class is the next step in your climbing journey. This three-day course is designed to help you feel comfortable climbing outdoors, teaching how to route find, build and assess anchors, and new techniques to have you climbing safely outdoors. You’ll also master all necessary skills for becoming a reliable partner while climbing multi-pitch.
Learn to Lead 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 two-day 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.
A Day of Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing
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.
Need to know
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.
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.
This is what you get with 57hours:
- An experienced, local rock climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- An 8-hour rock climbing lesson per day
- 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:
- 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.)
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.
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. As long as you listen to the given instructions, you’ll succeed in completing your climb.
What does a typical day look like?
- 8:00 am: Meeting with the guide, file paperwork and check the gear
- 8:15 am: Gear up and carpool to the cliffs
- 8:45 am: Spend the day climbing or learning techniques (based on your chosen itinerary)
- 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm: Lunch (bring snacks and plenty of water)
- 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Keep climbing!
- 4:00 pm: Return to Boulder
If you’re new to climbing, your guide will cover all the basic safety guidelines for climbing outside. Guides will review and practice safe belaying techniques, teach you how to communicate effectively while climbing, and go over various climbing movements. If there are individual skills or goals you’d like to work on during your climb, you can discuss objectives with your guide — they’re always willing to accommodate.
If you’re an advanced climber, let your guide know during the booking process what your objectives are and they will tailor the day to suit your skills.
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 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 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.
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
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.
The exact climbing spot will be discussed after the booking. Guides determine exact locations after considering the skill level of the group and factors such as crag traffic and weather.