Aspen Rock-Climbing

  • We offer privately guided short day (4hrs) and full day (6-8hrs) rock climbing daily, on scenic Independence Pass and surrounding areas. There is no need to have any prior experience!

    Rock climbing with our professional guides is a safe and fun activity for all physical abilities. Learn the basics of outdoor rock climbing, including movement on the rock, belaying, rappelling and more. Whether you have some previous experience or none at all; challenging routes or top-rope climbing fun with the family; our AMGA trained/certified rock guides will customize the day to suit your needs.

    All necessary climbing gear is included (ropes, rock shoes, harness, helmet, pack). We can meet you at our shop at the Aspen Highlands Base Village or pick you up at your residence. The climbing areas are only around 15-25 minutes from downtown Aspen, offering ideal beginner to expert climbing with amazing views of the surrounding peaks and the Roaring Fork River.

    Short Days are perfect for families with children ages 4 and up and those with limited time. Full days are a preferred way to experience different climbing venues and for in-depth instruction beyond a simple introduction.

    Call to reserve your guide today (970.925.7625) or click the 'Book Now' button to pick your day and book online.

    *Already have some climbing experience? Looking for a bigger adventure, more vertical, and more in-depth instruction? Check out our Multi-Pitch option!

  • 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 gratuity 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
    • Hat: to keep the sun off your face


    • Water bottle
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen and lip balm: water/sweat-proof
    • 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. Cancellations made within 7 days of a scheduled private or course will be charged full price. Travel Guard insurance is available via website.

    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.

  • Covid-19 Guidelines 

  • Meet and gear up all clients outside of our office. 
  • Guides and clients will drive separate vehicles to the trail heads. 
  • Communicating to clients the goal of maintaining 6 feet apart throughout the trip.
  • Demonstrate skills like putting on a harness or tying a knot or belaying….
  • Using techniques like clipping in instead of tying in to reduce close contact with clients. 
  • Guides to carry a number of face masks and gloves/ PPE to provide protection in the case of a need to perform 1st aid or assist a client closer than 6 ft apart. 
  • Guides to carry hand sanitizer for themselves and clients for use before and after sharing climbing gear. 
  • Helmets and metal climbing gear will be disinfected each day after use. 
  • Ropes and other soft goods( harnesses, belay gloves) will be put on a 48 hr rest/ use cycle
  • Climbing shoes will be sprayed and disinfected after each day of use. 

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