Outdoor Rock Climbing

  • Want to try the sport of rock climbing? With no prior experience necessary, learn and enjoy the basics of outdoor rock climbing including movement on the rock, belaying, rappelling and more. This is an ideal activity for families, kids and friends. Climbing days are tailor made to fit each guests needs and expectations. In the summer, AE guides daily off of Independence Pass, a beautiful high mountain pass surrounded by granite crags. Independence Pass offers ideal climbing for beginners to experts with easy top-roping to challenging multi-pitch routes.

    With an emphasis on safety and enjoyment, our professional AMGA certified or trained guides will take you out on a fun and unforgettable climb from the great beginner slabs of "Power Line" to the steeps of the "Lower Grotto Wall".

  • Duration: Short day (approximately 4 hrs.) / Full Day (+/- 6-7 hrs.)

    Location: The guide will be in touch with you the day before to determine your meeting place and any miscellaneous details. Please call 970-925-7625 for any questions.

    Maximum Guide Ratio: Up to 6:1

    Fitness Level: All levels of fitness are welcome!

    Includes: AMGA trained/certified mountain guide, use of all technical equipment (helmet, harness, climbing equipment, ropes, packs, etc.), and a 3% USFS land use surcharge.

    Not included: water, lunch/snack food, & a tip for your guide.


  • Your guide will contact you the day before at the voice number you give us to discuss an appropriate plan for you and to confirm a meeting place and start time. It is usually recommended to meet at Aspen Expeditions' shop at the base of Aspen Highlands, where we can fit you with climbing shoes and all other necessary climbing gear, including a helmet, harness, ropes, pack, etc. Your guide can also meet you at a pre-determined location as long as you let us know the shoe sizes. You and your guide will decide whether to carpool or drive separately to the climbing area, just 15 minutes outside of Aspen.

    A typical full day of rock climbing is +/- 6 hours. A typical short day is +/- 4 hours.

  • The following items are provided for your climbing day:

    • Harness
    • Helmet
    • Climbing Equipment
    • Ropes
    • Backpack


    • Socks: thin hiking socks, wool or synthetic
    • Bottoms: pants or shorts should be comfortable & allow the freedom of movement
    • Top: synthetic or woolt-shirts, tank-tops or long sleeves - no cotton!
    • Warm layer:nice to have along as the temperatures can vary with altitude and shade
    • Rain Jacket: a waterproof jacket, in case of occasional afternoon rain showers
    • Hats:to keep the sun off your face


    • Water bottle
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen and lip balm: water/sweat-proof
    • Toiletries, Personal first-aid kit:for your personal meds/needs
    • Camera or Smartphone
    • Water, Lunch/Snack food

    Summers in Aspen tend to be warm and mild, but temperatures can easily drop as you head up in elevation, for example on Independence Pass. Rain/thunderstorms occasionally occur, more often than not in the afternoon rather than mornings. Rain gear will be essential if necessary. Participants will travel in the backcountry and should be prepared for any or all weather conditions.


  • Booking/Cancellation policy:

    AE requires a full credit card or cash/check payment to hold your reservation. If you choose to cancel within 7 days of a scheduled trip, you will be charged full price. Within 7-14 days of your trip, we would be happy to work out a date to reschedule. If you choose to cancel 2 weeks or more (3 weeks or more for multi-day trips of 5+ people) prior to your scheduled trip, you will receive a full refund. If your guide decides that weather makes your scheduled trip a no-go, we will work with you to reschedule, give you a credit, or refund your trip. Travel Guard insurance is available via our website homepage.

    Risk Management

    Please note: AEW's number one priority is your safety. Many conditions affect our guides' decisions in the mountains, including client fitness and comfort, weather conditions and route conditions. There are inherent hazards in mountain travel such as inclement weather, avalanches, rock fall, ice fall that our guides manage yet cannot eliminate. The combination of our guides' formal training and wealth of experience assures that their sound decision create an enjoyable and safe mountain experience.Aspen Expeditions reserves the right to turn around or change routes without refunds or credits under any conditions.

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