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Technical Climbing School


Want to climb difficult 14ers year-round, lead multi-pitch rock routes or scale frozen waterfalls? The Colorado Mountain Club’s Technical Climbing School connects aspiring climbers with their vertical ambitions.

Classes and trips are designed to teach the technical elements of climbing, including the use of ropes, anchors, ice tools, protection, crampons and specialized skills to safely negotiate challenging terrain. The class modules are ideal for individuals with goals such as leading fifth-class rock, ice climbing or ascending difficult peaks.

The entry-level courses provide a foundation, covering such topics as belaying, movement techniques, gear and navigation. Second- and third-tier classes build upon those basics and teach students everything they need to climb throughout Colorado. The modular approach to the curriculum allows students to select classes and dates that fit their schedule and specific interests. The classes can be taken individually or as packages to achieve certificates in Climbing, Basic Mountaineering and Intermediate Mountaineering.

Technical Climbing School

Current course offerings


  • Navigation Levels 1 and 2
  • Two classes that cover Basic Map and compass with emphasis on Orientation, Navigation, and Routefinding


  • Introduction to Climbing, Basic Rock Climbing, Rock Seconding, Traditional Lead Climbing, Sport Climbing, and Anchors
  • Nine classes that cover a wide range of rock skills, including basic top rope climbing and belay, belaying a leader, lead climbing, anchors, sport climbing, and rock self rescue


  • Basic Snow and Technical Snow
  • Two classes that cover basic snow travel with crampons and ice axes as well as technical snow with anchors and roped team travel


  • Basic Ice and Technical Ice
  • Two classes that cover the basics of toprope ice climbing and lead climbing on ice


  • Rescue Levels 1, 2 and 3 plus a selection of the above classes designed to award both the Basic Mountaineering certificate and Intermediate Mountaineering certificate