Crack Climbing Course, 1-Day

Join our AMGA Certified Guides and Instructors to learn the intricate nuances and subtleties of crack climbing on the best granite splitters in Colorado.

Turkey Rocks ranks among the nation’s best places to learn to crack climb. With superb camping options and scenic vistas, it has a short approach and hosts the full array of crack sizes all tightly spaced on four stunning formations. 

Our guides find the ideal ratio of instruction-to-climbing to make sure you’re learning and integrating new skills seamlessly. Our climber walk away with:

  • Knowing how to confidently jam everything from tips, finger, off-finger (aka rattley), hand, cupped-hand, fist, and off-width cracks.
  • How to use optimal body-positioning and footwork for all sizes of crack, as well as tips on finding “cheater holds”, stemming and smearing.
  • Skin Protection and Maintenance. Knowledge of how to create tape gloves and how to tape fingers for thin cracks. How to differentiate the pros/cons of some commercially made crack gloves, as well as post-climb skin care.
  • Review of traditional gear placements, anchors, and multi-pitch systems.

With the techniques and knowledge gained from our skills based, hands on approach, you’ll never be scared away from a climb with a few pitches of wide cracks, and will soon be ready to charge after lines everywhere from Indian Creek to the Diamond!

Client Expectations:
Previous outdoor climbing experience.

Equipment Provided:
Rock Shoes, harness, helmet, belay device if req’d. Tape and crack gloves.

Turkey Rock
Elevenmile Canyon (private course option)

Crack Climbing Course Pricing


  • 8 hour public course (1-day)
  • Price is per person
  • 4:1 max. ratio
  • 2:1 min. ratio to run course

Call 719-368-9524 or contact us to book this course for one or more climbers.

As always, this course can be scheduled any day of the week as private instruction.

Public Course Dates 2024

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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