Rock climbing in Vail, Colorado

Beginner Rock Climbing

Learn knots, belaying and efficient climbing technique in this beginner rock climbing course.


  • Available daily


4 hours
8:00am & 12:00pm


  • Vail, CO
  • Boulder, CO
  • Golden, CO
  • Fruita, CO
  • Moab, UT


  • Per person, per guide, per day. Max ratio 1:5
  • 142 (5p)
  • 155 (4)
  • 170 (3)
  • 194 (2)
  • 388 (1)
  • Please contact us for parties of 6 or more


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Experience Level


Beginner rock climbing in Colorado with one of our professional guides is a great way to build a foundation of basic rock climbing skills. From low angled slabs to featured walls and crack climbs, Apex offers an excellent selection of beginner rock climbing routes.

Your Apex guide can also take you to the indoor climbing gym for a warm up day before your outdoor Colorado rock climbing adventure.

Apex has taught skills and rock climbing in Vail to thousands of individuals, including families, couples and group rock climbers. Increase your confidence through a beginner course with Apex, as your professional guide gains your trust and supports you through the process of learning how to rock climb.

After an orientation, we’ll warm up on low angle climbing routes, developing fundamental skills before moving on to graduated techniques tailored to your interests and goals. We can also provide an intermediate rock climbing course for those desiring to further their technical rock climbing skills and knowledge.

In our beginner rock climbing course, topics may include:

  • basics of gear, and how to use it
  • tying simple knots
  • safe belaying and lowering
  • proper communication
  • how to rock climb; movement and technique
  • how to rappel

“Our guide was super patient and did an awesome job of explaining everything. Each climber got personal attention. This was a great experience.”                                                      – Genise Hallowell

Apex’s beginner rock climbing course is offered to all age, ability, and fitness levels. No experience is necessary for this introduction to Colorado rock climbing. A private guide and all the technical rock climbing gear you will need (rock climbing shoes, ropes, helmets, harnesses, etc.) are included.

Choose #1 recommended Apex for your beginner rock climbing course, and see why so many clients have experienced the rewarding adventure of climbing through Apex’s beginner rock climbing outing. Satisfaction guaranteed.

Advanced reservations are recommended, not required. Some personal items provided by participant(s); see the gear list tab above.

Ready to sign up? To register, click the Book It tab above. You may also call (970) 949-9111 or use our contact page.

What to bring:

  • Waterproof shell
  • Tennis shoes or trail shoes (no open-toed shoes)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • 32oz. water per. person
  • Food
  • No short shorts

You may want to consider:

  • Synthetic wear
  • Ice cold fluids
  • Lip balm
  • Camera
  • Bug Spray

Apex Provides:

  • Climbing Shoes
  • Harnesses (42''/44'' max)
  • Helmets
  • Ropes, Belay Devices, Anchors
  • Professional Guide

Participant Forms:

If you wish to complete your participant forms in advance, download and print out the pdf below. Complete both pages for each participant, and give to your guide at the beginning of your trip.


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