The Pikes Peak Region is home to iconic rock climbing areas such as Garden of the Gods, Shelf Road, and Turkey Rocks. In order to climb in these spectacular areas, you must learn safe climbing practices, climbing etiquette, and technical rock climbing skills. Learn the ropes at one of the local rock climbing gyms.
Forms of climbing that can be practiced in indoor climbing gyms are bouldering and sport climbing.
Bouldering is done without the use of ropes, at low heights over safety mats. Sport climbing can be top rope, where climbers are attached to a rope anchored at the top of the wall, or lead, where the climbers clip their rope into bolts pre-placed on the face of a wall.
Some climbing gyms also have auto-belays, a partner-free clip-and-climb mechanical system that caters to beginners wanting to give climbing a try, or for experienced climbers looking to get in mileage.
Climbing gyms also offer climbing related activities such as introductory classes, adult and kids programs, yoga, fitness, competitions, and birthday parties.
Before You Get Started
If you are new to climbing, you can learn the basics by taking a sport climbing or bouldering introductory class. Sport climbing classes teach belaying, basic knot tying, and basic climbing movement. Bouldering classes teach how to fall, how to spot, and basic bouldering movement. Introductory classes are designed to give beginners the skills needed to climb independently and enjoy their climbing experience.
If you are visiting a climbing gym for the first time, you will have to fill out a waiver. Sometimes these waivers are available on the climbing gym’s website. Children under the age of 18 need a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.
Filling out your waiver online will save you time when you arrive at the gym. Expect to watch an orientation video or receive staff instruction upon arrival. You will also get fitted for equipment. This process can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes depending on the number of climbers in your party.
Wear comfortable clothing that can move with you as you climb, and that feels comfortable underneath a harness. If you don’t have your own climbing gear, no problem! Climbing gyms have rental equipment available for all ages and sizes.
A great way to start your indoor climbing experience in the Pikes Peak region is to take to the web to search for Climbing Gyms. Pick the one you would like to visit first. A day pass is the best option for your first visit. Bring family or friends and have fun!
Where to Go
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