Frequently Asked Questions

Pikes Peak Alpine School

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What is your cancellation policy?

What age group and abilities do you cater to?

All ages and skill levels welcome. We have a program for you.

Is guide gratuity included in the price?

Guide gratuity is not included in the trip price. Tipping is a well-established practice in the professional guiding industry and is deeply appreciated when your guide delivers a great experience.

What do I need to bring to climb?

Everyone who climbs 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 Trip/Travel insurance and where can I get it?

We strongly recommend the purchase of trip insurance to protect your climbing trip investment in the event of unusual circumstances such as injury or illness that prevent the start or completion of your climb/course. Trip insurance is available from many insurance providers, credit card companies, as well as specialized travel insurance companies such as IMG Travel Insurance.

Do you offer adaptive climbing?

Absolutely, climbing is all about being adaptive. We welcome working with your adaptive requirements.

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 on Pikes Peak. This is don’t though our robust and multi layered system to provide clients with the tools to succeed.  You can climb Pikes!

Is Pikes Peak Alpine School an actual school?

PPAS is a mountaineering 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.

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

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