Frequently Asked Questions
Pikes Peak Alpine School
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Is guide gratuity included in the price?
Guide gratuity is not included in the trip price. Though not required, gratuity is a way of showing your appreciation of the knowledge and effort your guide has delivered. Mountain guiding is a service industry, 10-20% tip is customary.
What do I need to bring to climb?
Everyone who works with us will receive a gear checklist to ensure you are fully prepared for the climb no matter the season. For beginner programs, personal climbing gear is included. We do have a fleet of gear (helmets, harnesses, backpacks, mountaineering boots, ect.) for many of the adventures offered that the client can rent if necessary. It is the client’s responsibility for all his/her softgoods (i.e. clothing).
What is travel insurance and where can I get it?
We highly recommend travel insurance if clients are traveling to climb with Pikes Peak Alpine School. We direct clients to the adventure travel insurance plan by Travel Guard.
What age group and abilities do you cater to?
All ages and skill levels welcome. We have a program for you.
Do you offer adaptive climbing?
Absolutely, but this is something the Pikes Peak Alpine School approaches on a case-by-case basis. Never be afraid to ask. We welcome all climbers.
When are courses and trips held during the year?
365 days a year! We guide all year long and hold permits to climb rock, snow, and ice on Pikes Peak during all four seasons.
What’s the difference between a course and a trip?
Courses have more of an educational focus. Our courses often have pre-set dates that the public are welcome to join. Any of our courses may be scheduled as a private for individuals or small groups.
Trips refer to any day or multiple days out with a guide. This includes courses, climbs and privates.
I've never climbed a 14er. Can I climb Pikes Peak?
Our job is to prepare our client’s for a successful trip by giving you the tools to prep for the climb.
Is Pikes Peak Alpine School an actual school?
PPAS is a guide service and an “institution at which instruction is given in a particular discipline”. Our discipline is Rock, Snow and Ice.
PPAS is a guide service that devotes their time to instruction for aspiring alpinists, mountaineers and climbers. Although we are not a school in the conventional sense, we are the leading educator of mountain safety and education in Colorado.
Where should I stay while climbing with the Pikes Peak Alpine School?
We have many suggestions on accommodations around the Pikes Peak Region, including some AirBNBs. Take a look at our Lodging Page for more information.
What is your cancellation policy?
Pikes Peak Alpine School operates under special use permits from the USDA Forest Service, Pike National Forest and is an equal opportunity service provider & employer