Intro to Anchor Building

This clinic is intended for folks looking to gain a stronger understanding of rock climbing systems and identifying safe and efficient anchors. Our 1 day clinic will teach students commonly used knots and hitches, the differences between using rock protection and other anchor building materials, and the fundamentals to building safe anchors.  This course is NOT a certification and is intended to clean up bad habits and develop new skills. Additionally, It is a great way for preparing to take a Single Pitch Instructor course with the AMGA.


Intro to Multi-pitch Climbing

If you have climbed outside before on top-ropes and are looking to move further up the rock, this clinic will show you techniques used to climb in places like Yosemite, Red Rocks, and the Black Canyon.  Multi-pitching is for advanced rock climbers who have dabbled in lead climbing and are looking to learn safe practices while following up several pitches of rock climbing.

Learn to Lead Climb

Lead climbing is for the most advanced rock climber who feels comfortable climbing hard grades and is looking to get out on the sharp end.  Our day will consist of learning the differences between sport and traditional climbing, practicing mach leading, and the fundamentals of leading.


Rock Rescue Refresher

What to do when things go wrong high up on El Cap or top roping at Indian Creek. This refresher is a great way to learn how to get out of tricky situations and practice the full rock rescue drill at the American Mountain Guides Association standard. For folks that have taken AMGA courses before this is a great refresher for the next step.



Price Includes

  • AMGA Trained/Certified Alpine Guide and/or Rock Guide
  • Group climbing equipment (ropes, harnesses, all other technical climbing equipment, climbing shoes, first aid kits)

Price Does NOT Include

  • Guide gratuity
  • Train tickets if applicable / transportation to trailhead
  • Personal clothing or gear
  • Personal snacks
  • Travel to Durango, Colorado from your location.
  • Hotels before and after trip
  • Recommended Travel/trip cancellation insurance.

Climbing Equipment

  • Harness: This should be a UIAA rated comfortable all day climbing harness with four gear loops. The Camp Laser is our current favorite
  • Climbing Shoes: These should be comfortable all day sticky rubber climbing shoes. While extremely tight sport climbing shoes will work, we recommend the La Sportiva TC Pro.
  • Climbing helmet: This must be a UIAA/CE rated climbing helmet. The Camp Speed is our current favorite.
  • Nylon runner: This needs to be a 48 inch nylon runner.
  • Belay Device: Tube style belay device. We like the Black Diamond ATC Guide.
  • Locking Carabiners: (2)
  • Non-locking carabiner: (2)
  • Small backpack: This should be large enough to carry some food, water, a camera, your extra layer and your approach shoes. If you do not have one, don’t worry. We have packs that you can use. The Black Diamond Hollowpoint works great.
    Approach shoes: These should be comfortable approach shoes. These will be what you wear hiking in to the climb. The La Sportiva Boulder are a great shoe.
  • Socks: Synthetic or wool.
  • Climbing Pants: We recommend climbing in pants. These protect our legs more than shorts, and give us a wider variety of options for temperature swings. The Patagonia Rock Guide are a great option.
  • Synthetic T shirt: This will be what you climb in the majority of the time.
  • Mid weight long: Fleece or wool top for warmth in the chilly mornings over the t-shirt
  • Light weight jacket: This will be worn in the mornings and at the belays to protect from wind. The Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer is a great option.


  • Climbers should be in great physical condition.
  • There are dozens of climbs with different difficulties in the Black. Please get in touch with us to talk about what climb is right for you. If need be, we would like to climb with you prior to climbing in the Black to help ensure that you are up to the challenge
  • If you do not possess these skills or need review, we recommend doing a skills course with us in Colorado or Utah prior to your alpine trip to Silverton, CO.


  • Single and multi-day trips available

Registration & Cancelation

  • Unfortunately, due to extremely high demand we have a very strict registration and cancelation policy. We can not transfer you to an other program. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND PURCHASING TRAVEL INSURANCE! We recommend the TravelEx Insurance Travel Select plan with the Adventurer Plus Pak upgrade.
  • To reserve your spot on a domestic climbing or skiing program please fill out the enclosed application and return it to us along witha 50% deposit if applying more than 60 days out. If your trip/ course starts in less than 60 days please submit full payment.
  • Program fees are non-transferable.
    If notice of cancellation is given in writing at least 60 days prior to the trip start date, you will be refunded your fulldeposit except for a $50 processing fee.
  • If notice of cancellation is given in writing within 59 – 30 days prior to the trip start date, a cancellation fee equal to the deposit amount will be charged. If notice of cancellation is given in writing less than 30 days prior to the trip start date, a cancellation fee equal to 100% of the program fee will be charged.


Daily March- Nov. Advanced registration required.


4 or 8 hour sessions

4 Hour Morning Session 8:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m

4 Hour Afternoon Session 1:00 p.m -5 p.m

8 Hour Full Day 8:00 a.m 4:00 p.m

(We are available to adjust times based on your schedule)



Durango, CO


Short day:

$225 for 1:1
$260  for 2:1
$345 for 3:1

Full day:

$325 for 1:1

$430 for 2:1

$480 for 3:1

(climber to guide ratio)



Intermediate to expert