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Single Day Outings

Beginner Rock Climbing

Beginner rock climbing in Colorado with one of our professional guides is a great way to build a foundation of basic rock climbing skills. From low angled slabs to featured walls and crack climbs, Apex offers an excellent selection of beginner rock climbing routes.

Apex has taught skills and rock climbing in Vail to thousands of individuals, including families, couples and group rock climbers. Increase your confidence through a beginner course with Apex, as your professional guide gains your trust and supports you through the process of learning how to rock climb.

After an orientation, we’ll warm up on low angle climbing routes, developing fundamental skills before moving on to graduated techniques tailored to your interests and goals.


Family Rock Climbing

Vail rock climbing adventures with Apex Mountain School welcome all ages of beginner, intermediate and advanced climbers to a variety of granite and sandstone Colorado rock climbing routes. These routes range in height from 35 to 90 feet, and approaches are within 5 minutes from the car.

All age, ability, and fitness levels are welcome. No experience is necessary. Apex provides all technical rock climbing gear (helmet, harness, rock climbing shoes, belay device, etc.) for your outing.


Group Rock Climbing

Group rock climbing in Vail, Colorado is an excellent choice for family outings,  school groups, birthdays, corporate groups and more.  Look to our Colorado Rock Climbing page for more private rock climbing outings and courses.

Come support and cheer each other on as you enjoy an inspiring day of group rock climbing and rappelling in the Colorado Rockies. With moderate temperatures, and over 300 days of sunshine, you’ll see why summer time in Vail, Colorado is a favorite among new and seasoned rock climbers alike.

Challenge, motivate, energize and play! Whether you’re looking to bring a climbing group closer together or just want to share an amazing day of rock climbing, Apex is ready to help. Along with being a rewarding and fun experience, you’ll develop lasting memories, increased trust, and bonding throughout your group’s rock climbing adventure.

If you’re interested in learning more about team building events for corporations, government agencies, and other groups, visit our corporate page. Our innovative approach places an emphasis on boosting performance and profitability by increasing awareness of our relationship with risk, fostering an environment of problem solving and creative innovation, and encouraging effective methods of embracing change in a modern marketplace.

Group rock climbing is available to all ages, fitness and ability levels. No experience necessary.

Apex provides all technical gear (i.e. climbing shoes, harnesses, helmets, belay equipment, ropes, etc.) for your Colorado rock climbing outing. See the gear list tab above for a list of personal items to bring along on your outing.


What to bring:

  • Beacon (rental available)
  • *No cotton – cotton does not wick moisture or insulate when wet.
  • Synthetic or wool long underwear bottom (thin)
  • Synthetic or wool long sleeve top (medium)
  • Mid layer top and bottom
  • Synthetic or wool socks
  • Winter jacket
  • Insulated “Puffy” Jacket
  • Snow pants
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Hat and neck gaiter or balaclava
  • Goggles or sunglasses
  • Small day pack
  • Water bottle
  • Food

You may also want to consider:

  • Hand warmers
  • Thermos of hot liquid
  • Gaiters
  • Extra gloves
  • Lip balm
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle insulator
  • Camera

APEX Provides:

  • Boots
  • Crampons
  • Ice Axes
  • Helmet
  • Harness (42”/44” max)