Introduction to Outdoor Rock Climbing Class


$149 for REI Members

$169 for non-members

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  • Fitness level 2 Easy Active
  • Skill level 1 Beginner
  • Minimum age 14
  • Group size 4 people

Join REI to learn the fundamentals of outdoor rock climbing in this hands-on experience. We'll focus on building the skills you need to continue your climbing journey, including proper belay techniques to keep your fellow climbers protected while they're off the ground. We'll cover necessary knots and give you the chance to practice basic outdoor climbing techniques, with some personalized instruction along the way. REI will provide all of the necessary climbing equipment for this great first-time experience.

  • Learn how to belay other climbers while they're off the ground
  • Learn to tie the basic climbing knots and practice good rope management
  • Learn the basics of climbing movement and technique
  • Practice your new skills with ample opportunities to climb multiple outdoor climbing routes
  • Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult

What to bring with you


Chautauqua trail head parking has a fee of $2.50 per hour on weekends. Credit Cards or ParkMobile app accepted. FREE satellite parking options are provided with a shuttle service to the trailhead from New Vista High School and CU Regent Park and Ride. Shuttles will run every 15 minutes starting at 8:00am. To be present at course start, you will need to be on the shuttle no later than 8:15am. If you have any issues on the day of the course, please call our after-hours phone at 720-515-2290.

Map image of Boulder: Gregory Canyon

More directions and information

In Boulder, travel West on Baseline Road to the Chautauqua parking lot (located on the left just past 9th Street). We will meet participants in the Chautauqua Parking Lot near the Rangers Station. If you have any questions or issues, please contact us @ 720-608-4198, or