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Women's Rock Clinics

Women’s climbing clinics with Apex Mountain School take advantage of the high-quality rock climbing in the Rocky Mountains, highly trained guides, and a supportive culture of women who seek to continually learn and grow from one another.

Are you a woman and have wanted to try climbing outdoors but just don’t know where to begin? Or maybe you’re wanting to take your climbing skills to the next level? Mackenzie McGrath at Apex Mountain School is instructing the only professionally-guided women’s climbing clinics in Vail Valley this fall 2017. These clinics are designed to increase women’s participation and leadership in the outdoors and to develop technical climbing skills.

These clinics are friendly to all women, whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced climber or whether you don’t know where you stand but you aspire to climb some of the world’s biggest mountains or simply want to try something new. Women’s climbing clinics are also a unique and rare opportunity to connect and create networks of adventurous women with a love for the outdoors and who are inspired to climb.

“There aren’t strong programs and networks for women that want to climb and there definitely aren’t enough women in leadership roles in the outdoor industry,” Mackenzie says. Factoring in that women account for only eight percent of AMGA rock and alpine guides, Mackenzie’s long term vision is to smash the outdoor industry’s glass ceiling and to support women’s advancement in the climbing industry and guiding industry in particular. “I know that big changes require small steps and not every woman want to be a guide. That’s what makes Apex Mountain School special and a perfect place to start making small changes and offering opportunities for women with strong support from our male champions in the guiding industry,” Mackenzie says.

As the largest full service mountaineering school and guide service in Vail, Colorado, we also lead private outings and also facilitate leadership and team-building activities for groups of up to 200 people. Visit our group climbing and team building pages to learn more.

Ready to sign up? To register, click the Book It tab above. You may also call (970) 949-9111 or use our contact page to request more info.

Choose #1 recommended Apex for your Colorado rock climbing adventure. Satisfaction guaranteed.


What to bring:

  • Waterproof shell
  • Tennis shoes or trail shoes (no open-toed shoes) for approach
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • 32oz. water per person
  • Snacks
  • No short shorts

You may also want to consider:

  • Synthetic clothing
  • Ice cold fluids
  • Lip balm
  • Camera

Apex Mountain School provides:

  • Climbing Shoes
  • Harnesses (42”/44” max)
  • Helmets
  • Ropes, Belay Devices, Anchors
  • Professional guide and instruction