This is it, your dream day! A full day of climbing at your choice of crag with everything Estes Valley has to offer.
If you want to sport climb we can go to Jurassic Park, the Monastery, or the Wizards Gate. If you like cracks we have Lumpy Ridge, or the Crags of Twin Sisters. There are literally thousands of pitches we can choose from. Let us know what your perfect day of climbing is, and we will make it happen.
Have you been lead climbing in the gym and you want to start going outdoors? One of your friends is teaching you to trad climb, but you want more formal instruction? This course covers the basic gear, skills, and techniques necessary for safe single-pitch climbing. Curriculum includes:
Just put that you would like a gym to crag lesson in the notes and we will take it from there!!
Climb at KMAC’s own private rock site or at other group venues in the Estes Park valley. Experience the Tyrolean Traverse! Half and full day outings are available. Whatever you choose, we’ll tailor for you.
These outings are about being together, learning the basics, and are just plain fun. Great for families, reunions, and wedding parties. Please contact us for group family rates and advanced bookings.
Upon request KMAC rock climbing guides are trained to provide “one on one” and group instruction for visitors with special needs who want to experience climbing.
THE KMAC BASE CAMP
If you or your group is climbing with us, you’re welcome to stay at KMAC’s base camp during your visit. We border Rocky Mountain National Park with immediate trail access to hiking and climbing. It’s a secluded primitive campsite with tent space, a small cooking area and water tank with extraordinary views of the high peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park and the Estes valley.
Please contact us for rates and advanced bookings.
The Alpine- There’s no place quite like it; the zone in the high peaks where rock and snow define the landscape.
Whether it is a pure rock climb or a combination of the 3 disciplines (rock, snow, ice), for climbers there is no better way to practice our craft than in the alpine surrounded by high peaks.
Climbers come from all over the world to climb in Rocky Mountain National Park. The climbing options abound for all abilities. From shorter classics, to longer and steeper routes, it’s all here right out our door.
Please call for information and suggestions for your alpine climb. KMAC guides will work closely with you offering climbing suggestions to design your outing.
Here are a few of our Alpine favorites: * Notes as one of the “Fifty Classic Climbs in North America”.
Petite Grepon, South Face – (5.8 – 8 pitches – 2.5 hour approach)
Incredible climbing, this climb is on the list of the 50 best climbs in North America for a reason. Fun and interesting features lead to a summit floating in the sky no bigger than a strip of sidewalk.
Hallets North Face: Noted for its reasonable 2 hour approach to the base, this historic climb in the alpine has just about everything- Face, cracks, and wonderful stemming all in a position of unrivaled beauty.
Culp Bosier – (5.8)
Jackson Johnson – 7 pitches, (5.9)
Love Route- 6 pitches, (5.8)
Spear Head: 3 hour approach
East Ridge – (5.6 – 6 pitches –): Incredible setting and very enjoyable climbing up a ridge line to the summit of a spire in the middle of one of the most beautiful cirques on earth.
North East Ascent – Scrambling leads up to the spectacular traverse to the very end point of the actual Spears Head with exposure you remember forever.
Sharks Tooth: 3 hour approach.
South Face – 5 pitches 5.4
South Ridge – 5 pitches 5.8
Notchtop Mountain: 2 hour approach.
Spiral route – 6 pitches, 5.5 – Very enjoyable outing, the climbing will never be overly difficult but the exposure will steadily rise as the valley floor recedes. Excellent first alpine climb.
South Face – 7 pitches, 5.9 – Excellent crack climbing always in the sun and exposed.
Beginner Alpine Climb, the Little Matterhorn – (4th to low 5th class): Perfect for beginners, families and young children. After a two hour hike you begin scrambling on the lower slopes to gain the Little Matterhorn ridge. We’ll follow this ridge roped together meandering from side to side as the exposure increases.
Casual Route on the Diamond of Longs Peak (5.10a – 12 pitches – 4 hour approach): A serious and committing climb, despite the name. The Diamond is one of the most coveted alpine walls to climb in America on the highest peak in Rocky Mountain National Park (14,259ft). High altitude and exposure challenge even the most experienced climbers here. When one is ready, this will be the climb of a lifetime.
Keyhole Ridge – 8 pitches, 5.5 (pure rock and seldom climbed classic)
Keyhole – Early season rock, snow, ice – Rock after July 1
Keyhole – Early season rock, snow, ice – Rock after July 1
Keiners East Face- Rock, snow, ice
North Face – Early season rock, snow, ice – Rock after July 1
Stetners Ledges – Early season rock, snow, ice – Rock after July 1
Stone Man’s Pass- Rock and snow
Blitzen Ridge – Rock and snow
Powell/Taylor – Ice, Rock, and snow
Those Seeking Adventure and Solitude:
Deep in Rocky Mountain National Park we have found not only classic high quality climbs, but a pristine and peaceful experience. The ascent is just one part of the journey. These climbs will almost certainly offer complete in a wilderness setting. The approaches will be longer, usually requiring a long hike in (10+ miles) and bivy at the base, climbing the second day. Though hundreds exist, here are a few of our favorites that amount to a “mini” expedition: The rewards outweigh the effort.
Hayden Spire: A long day of hiking and complicated off trail navigation leads to the base of Hayden Spire, deep in Forrest Canyon. Climbs from 5.4 to 5.9 lead up these remote towers.
Aiguille de Fleur: An eight mile approach from the West side of RMNP leads to the impressive Aiguille de Fleur (flower tower), a remote and seldom visited fin of rock, considered the best on the West side. Seven pitches (routes range from 5.6-5.9) lead to a magical flower garden from which the name comes from.