Courses

Rock Climbing Courses

Beginner Rock Climbing

Learn the fundamentals of rock climbing in this beginner rock climbing course with Apex professional climbing guides. Knots, belaying and moving on rock are just a few of the topics. We provide all equipment and an environment in which you can learn climbing skills and have a fun time doing it.

Intermediate Rock Climbing

Raise your skill level in this intermediate rock climbing course. Apex’s professional mountain guides build on your existing skills and introduce you to new techniques specific to your goals. Topics may include top rope anchors, face and crack climbing techniques and efficient body positioning.

Advanced Rock Climbing

This advanced rock climbing course is an excellent way to fine tune your technical skills and raise your climbing grade, opening up new doors in your climbing pursuits. Place gear, build anchors and learn advanced climbing technique.

How to Lead Climb

Learn how to lead climb with Apex and take to the sharp end. Our professional mountain guides instruct climbers in the fundamentals of leading on both sport and traditional routes, including clipping technique, evaluating bolts and gear, and assessing your risk tolerance. Previous top rope rock climbing experience is required.

Building Climbing Anchors

In Apex’s “building climbing anchors” course, our guides teach how to evaluate and build climbing anchors, from natural to bolts, and teach how to place your own gear. These skills apply to top roping, lead climbing and multi-pitch climbing, and are crucial in advancing your climbing pursuits.

Ice Climbing Courses

Beginner Ice Climbing

Learn the basics of ice climbing in this beginner ice climbing course. Efficient climbing technique on low and high angle ice, as well as gear use and belaying are just a few of the topics. Enjoy lasting memories and challenge, with professional instruction for all ability and fitness levels.

Intermediate Ice Climbing

Challenge yourself at the next level. This intermediate ice course will build on existing skills and techniques crucial to climbing efficiently on ice. Learn intermediate rest techniques, step variants and body positions for more dynamic movement on ice.

Backcountry Skiing Courses

Intro to Backcountry Ski/Board

Venture into new terrain in this Colorado based beginner backcountry skiing course. Tour into the backcountry by ski or splitboard and ski untouched snow under the instruction of our professional guides. All ages and ability levels welcome, beginner to advanced.

Advanced Ski/Board

Join Apex for a snowboard instructional course or privately guided tour in the Colorado Backcountry!

Snowboard Mountaineering

Steep Ski/Board Clinic

Wilderness Medicine Courses

Wilderness First Responder

This course is a 7-day condensed course teaching First Responder equivalent skills for responding to emergencies in the backcountry. Response, patient assessment, stabilization and evacuation present the core of this training. The curriculum is provided by SOLO wilderness medicine, and instruction is provided by Apex’s SOLO certified instructors.

Wilderness First Aid

Our Wilderness First Aid course acts as a base introduction to responding to, and treating, medical and environmental emergencies, as well as introducing preventative strategies. SOLO wilderness medicine provides the course curriculum and certification through Apex’s SOLO certified instructors.

WFR Recertification

This Wilderness First Responder recertification course re-certifies your WFR certification for 3 years and comes with a SOLO WFR card. Apex’s course curriculum and certification is provided by SOLO Wilderness Medicine, and is taught by our SOLO certified instructors.

Avalanche Education Courses

AIARE Level 1

For backcountry travelers, terrain assessment and decision making skills are a must. This AIARE level 1 avalanche course provides knowledge that is essential to backcountry travel and safety, including a thorough look into the snowpack and evaluating stability. Apex’s professional AIARE instructors instill the knowledge to help assess and manage risk. Be prepared this winter with an AIARE level 1 avalanche course.

Hut Trip Based Lvl 1

For backcountry travelers, terrain assessment and decision making skills are a must. This AIARE level 1 hut based avalanche course provides knowledge that is essential to backcountry travel and safety, including a thorough look into the snowpack and evaluating stability. Apex’s professional AIARE instructors instill the knowledge to help assess and manage risk. Be prepared this winter with an AIARE level 1 avalanche course.

AIARE Level 2

Take your avalanche education to the next level with this comprehensive AIARE level 2 course. Gain an advanced understanding of snowpack stability, route assessment and rescue techniques, and get an in-depth look at snow science with Apex’s AIARE level 2 instructors.

Mountaineering Courses

Mountaineering 101

Immerse yourself in the Colorado wilderness with our professional mountain guides and learn the survival, route finding and climbing skills to give you confidence in the backcountry. This intense course will help you prepare to survive in extreme conditions, and give you the knowledge to manage risk and exposure. Most equipment is provided.