Leadville Rock Climbing Courses, Fall 2017

Ropes and gear from the 2016 Sport Climbing course in Buena Vista, a CMC Leadville rock climbing course
Colorado Mountain College Leadville is offering several rock climbing courses this fall. PC: Anna Sophia Wolner

Colorado Mountain College Leadville Rock Climbing Courses Offered Fall 2017

Colorado Mountain College is offering several Leadville rock climbing courses this fall; Sport Climbing, Top Rope Climbing, and Rock Climbing Leadership. Though designed to fit into the Outdoor Recreation Leadership curriculum, these outdoor oriented courses are open to the public, as well as all CMC students regardless of program.

To learn more or to register for a rock climbing course, please call 719.486.2015


Top Rope Climbing

Outdoor students at Colorado Mountain College Leadville enroll in Leadville rock climbing courses.

Top Rope Climbing is a multi-day course offered September 5 – 8. The pre-course trip meeting is held on campus at CMC Leadville on Tuesday, September 5, from 1 – 3:50pm. This 3-day intensive climbing course held in Buena Vista, CO introduces students to basic top rope rock climbing skills, techniques, and physical fitness.  The student will learn the basic principles of top rope climbing, how to select the appropriate equipment, anchor construction, climbing movement, safety, communication, and etiquette.

Top Rope Climbing, OUT-221

September 5 – 8

Tuesday, 9/5, 1pm – 3:50pm *mandatory pre-course meeting

Wednesday – Friday: 8am – 6pm

1 credit + $83 course charge


Colorado Mountain College Leadville Outdoor student Aspen Gau applying climbing techniques learned in Leadville rock climbing courses during a Canyon Orientation courseRock Climbing Leadership

Rock Climbing Leadership is a multi-day rock climbing course designed for Outdoor Recreation Leadership majors, though the course is open to others. Students will develop skills in beginning and intermediate rock climbing techniques on a variety of rock media, including rope handling, knots, rappelling and rescue techniques, safety procedures, rock site management, top rope and lead climbing anchor placements, top belay, sling-shot belay, mock-lead climbing, equipment care, use, and maintenance. The Rock Climbing Leadership course will also focus on communication, group handling, and judgment in the context of rock climbing. Students will also develop knowledge, techniques, approaches, and methodology for teaching and leading all aspects of rock climbing expeditions. Emphasis will be on safety and judgment in teaching and leading rock climbing activities.

Rock Climbing Leadership, OUT-212

September 11 – 27

Monday 9/11, 6:30- 7:20pm *Mandatory pre-trip meeting

In the field September 18 – 27

4 credits + $405 course charge


Climbing gear lined up for students enrolled in the Sport Climbing Class at CMC Leadville. Leadville rock climbing course.
The Sport Climbing course is ideal for all climbing abilities, from never-ever to advanced. PC: Anna Sophia Wolner

Sport Climbing

Sport Climbing is a multi-day course offered September 12 – 15. The pre-course meeting will be held at CMC Leadville on Tuesday, September 12 from 1 – 4pm. This is a 3 day intensive course held in Buena Vista, CO is designed to introduces students to sport climbing principles, lead climbing techniques, and problem-solving skills.  Emphasis will be given to building sound judgment, decision-making skills, group dynamics, and personal safety.

Read about a beginner climbers experience in the spring 2016 Sport Climbing course, “Learning to Climb in Buena Vista”.

Sport Climbing , OUT-222

September 12 – 15

Tuesday: 1 – 4pm *mandatory pre-course meeting

Wednesday – Friday: 8am – 6pm

1 credit + $83 course charge

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