Climbing the Flatirons

Location Colorado

Season Spring, Summer, Fall

Difficulty Varies

Duration 1 Day

Overview

The Flatirons are known for their famous east face slab routes on sculpted sandstone. Some of the classic east faces have over 1000 feet of climbing. Many climbers consider the Flatirons as a whole to be one of the best beginner resources in the country. Peek around the flanks and back sides of the flatirons and hiding in the woods are hundreds of steep, satisfying climbs. Once you are up in these enchanted forests, it’s easy to forget how close you are to Boulder and Denver.

 

Season Spring, Summer, Fall

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The Flatirons have a number of routes that we would consider “Grade I.” Grade I Climbs are a series of short routes, a medium length multi-pitch climb, or some similar combination that can be completed in eight hours or less. Routes are chosen based on your ability and goals. Prior climbing experience or prerequisite instruction is required.

For climbers seeking more advanced routes with significant technical approaches and complex descents, or just a longer day of multi-pitch climbing, we offer Grade II Guided Rock Climbs in the Flatirons. Many climbs on Redgarden Wall fall under this designation, as well as other select climbs in the Boulder region. Previous multi-pitch climbing with Jackson Hole Mountain Guides and/or significant previous multi-pitch climbing experience is prerequisite.

Guided Climbs Level I:Price:  $400 private; $275/person for two
Guided Climbs Level II:Price:  $425 private; $300/person for two

Please call for pricing for 3 or more.

Please note that because of scheduling, this trip cannot be booked online.  Please click here to inquire about specific dates for your adventure.

Please read through our policies by visiting this page.

 

Boulder is located 25 miles northwest of Denver, and about 43 miles from Denver International Airport. Meeting locations vary depending on the time of year and the class/trip, your guide will provide you with this information. There are plenty of accommodations and amenities located in Boulder, however camping is not readily available. If you have any additional questions your Colorado climbing adventure, please contact our call (303) 532-5184.

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Conditions can be favorable for climbing at nearly any point during the year, but for most objectives, better climbing conditions occur in spring, summer, and autumn. Spring has a higher likelihood of precipitation. Summer afternoon temperatures can climb into the 90’s and isolated afternoon thunderstorms are common. In the autumn, climbers tend to find the most reliable conditions. Winter has many spells of great climbing weather, but it is difficult to plan in advance, as the Front Range can also receive full Rocky Mountain snowstorms and cold fronts. Because cliffs are dramatically affected by sun and wind exposure (or lack thereof), please refer to your JHMG guide for route or area recommendations. Suggestions are to provide our guests with the most enjoyable experience.

During summer months, even if the day dawns clear, all climbers should pack a rain jacket for the occasional surprise afternoon thundershower. Synthetic clothing is strongly advised at many times of the year, and is almost always preferable to  cotton. Comfort levels can vary quite a bit depending on where you are climbing within a given climbing area, so please ask us for our clothing recommendations based on your planned climb/class and if you are unfamiliar with the area. It is common for us to suggest an early start to avoid afternoon thunderstorms.

For your safety and comfort, bring synthetic and or natural fiber clothing for insulation. Cotton is NOT recommended and down must be kept dry. Clothing should be able to layer without encumbering your movement.

Footwear

Objective Dependent – Salewa footwear is available at Jackson Hole Mountain Guides for rent. JHMG also carries a selection of Five Ten Rock shoes for rent.

  • Sticky Rubber Approach Shoes or Hiking Boots. Trips before mid July and those with extensive snow require a lightweight mountaineering boot (not a plastic boot). Guide Pick: Salewa Mountain Trainer or Salewa Firetail
  • Rock Shoes for technical rock routes
  • Socks: 1 – 2 pair: sized for your boots and blister prevention
Upper Layers
  • Synthetic/Wool Long Underwear Top
  • Synthetic T-shirt – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Wicked Light T
  • Insulating Jacket: lightweight down or synthetic – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Thermostatic Jacket, Zonal Jacket, Compressor Jacket
  • Soft Shell: fleece or pile
  • Rain Jacket: waterproof/breathable with hood. Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Plasmic or Epic Jacket
Bottom Layers
  • Synthetic/Wool Long Underwear Bottom
  • Hiking Short or Pant for approach – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear  Men’s Mesa, Women’s Corsica convertible pants
  • Synthetic Climbing Pant – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Chockstone Pant
  • Rain Pant – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Pant
Accessories
  • Hat: lightweight to medium weight warm hat – sleek enough to be worn under a helmet
  • Gloves: one lightweight to medium weight pair – synthetic or fleece material. If snow route, shell also recommended.
  • Gaiters: only until mid-July

On the Trail

  • Back Pack: internal frame  35 Liter capacity (2000 cu in) Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Via Rapida 35
  • Water Bottles (2-3 L/Qt.) Or H2O Hydration system
  • Dark Sunglasses
  • Extra Pair Contact Lens
  • Sun Hat or visor
  • Sunscreen (35+SPF)
  • Lip Balm
  • Insect Repellent (until early August)
  • Headlamp, Fresh batteries
  • First Aid: minimal – blister care, analgesic, etc.
  • Lunch and Snacks
  • Bear Spray (if advised)

Optional Items

  • Trekking Poles
  • Camera

Cold Weather Considerations:

Early and late season temperatures require warmer clothing. You may consider additional clothing if you get cold easily or if it is unusually cold or windy.

  • Down Jacket
  • Vest
  • Medium weight long underwear

**Jackson Hole Mountain Guides supplies all the rock climbing gear, harnesses, helmets, locking carabiners & belay/rappel devices, crampons, and ice axes. However, you are welcome to bring your own equipment. Please coordinate with our office for gear checks. Backpacks, rock shoes, and boots can all be rented & purchased in our Jackson office.

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Testimonials

  • JHMG is an amazing organization. They listen to what I want in a trip experience then seek to take it one step bigger & better.

    — Mike Long
  • JHMG will teach you what you desire and create exceptional moments in the mountain setting.

    — Ryan Hoynacki

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