- Photo by: Nate Emerson
- Photo by: Guide Nate Emerson
- Photo by: Nate Emerson
The Boulder area is one of the best for introducing people to the sport of climbing. The sheer amount of climbing keeps nearly every climber happy with progressively more challenging and more diverse climbs. If you are already familiar with the area, consider climbing with us to get off the beaten path or climb your dream route.
JHMG has over 40 years of experience guiding and instructing in all aspects of rock climbing, and we are an AMGA-accredited guide company. We offer courses ranging from introductory to advanced, and we have several private guiding options. We can help you design a special program for your group or club, and we offer climbing for children as young as five years old.
Season Spring, Summer, Fall
For the premier experience, have a guide all to yourself. One-on-one instruction, custom-tailored to your needs. Any of our classes can be scheduled for one person as a private class. First time climbing? This is a perfect way to ease into the sport. Working on technical skills or climbing techniques? Our guides will focus in on exactly what you need. A private class is also a great way to have a guide examine your skills and provide feedback, whether you are preparing for a specific climb, working on toproping skills, or you are preparing for AMGA courses and exams.
Our class is targeted at beginner climbers, and we know that there are a number of different reasons people want to take their first class. Our guides work with you to provide you with the best day based on your goals and needs. We take great pleasure in providing our guests with a high quality first climbing class (or a refresher!). This class can also be used to prepare individuals for one of our high-point trips in Montana and Wyoming.
So – you’ve been bit by the climbing bug. Jackson Hole Mountain Guides offers an intermediate class for the next step. Experienced indoor climbers can fill in the gaps with the outdoor climbing curriculum offered in our intermediate classes. Individuals training for the Grand Teton or multi-pitch climbing inRed Rocks or the Tetons can benefit from the multi-pitch curriculum in an intermediate class. Climbers with some experience can use our intermediate technique class to prepare them for crack climbing in Moab, or an introduction specific to climbing granite in the Tetons, for example.
Designed for the experienced climber, these courses may be used to prepare students for independent multi-pitch climbing, teach techniques/tactics for difficult routes, and coach advanced climbing movement. In this class, the curriculum could be separated into the following topics: multi-pitch climbing topics, introduction to lead climbing, improvised self-rescue, aid climbing topics, alpine climbing concepts, and coaching.
Children are perfect examples that we are born to climb. Kids love to monkey around, and this class gets them climbing and helps them learn some valuable skills and lessons on the way. The convenience of Boulder’s climbing areas makes this class a great offering. Our enthusiasm for getting kids on the rock will make for an incredibly fun and rewarding outing for kids and their parents. This class is intended for children 12 and under, with a parent.
Private Class: full day, $370 1:1-2:1
Introduction to Climbing: Price: $370 private; $185 pp/group up to 5
Intermediate Climbing: Price: $370 private; $185 pp/group up to 5
Advanced Climbing: $370 private; $185 pp/group of 2
Kids Rock: Price: $125 per person (3 participant minimum); half day, $100 per person (3 participant minimum)
Please note that because of scheduling these classes cannot be booked online. Please click here to inquire about specific dates for your class.
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.
- Approach, Hiking, Running Shoes – Guide Pick: Salewa Wildfire Pro GTX
- Technical Rock Shoes
- Wool Socks: 1 or 2 pairs
- Short Sleeve Shirt: non–cotton is preferable
- Fleece or Lightweight Down Sweater – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Microchill fleece
- Lightweight Wind Shell – Guide Pick:Mountain Hardwear Chockstone Jacket
- Lightweight Rain Shell – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Jacket
- Synthetic loose fitting pant – Guide Pick:Mountain Hardwear Chalkstone Mid–weight Active
- Synthetic Loose Fitting Shorts – Guide Pick:Mountain Hardwear Chalkstone Mid–weight Active shorts
- Rain Pants – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Plasmic Pants
- Backpack: 30-40 Liter – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30
- Sun hat: baseball or full brimmed
- Water : water bottles/hydration bladder are best
- Food: energy bars, fruit, sandwich, bring enough
- Sunscreen/Lip Balm
Mountain Weather can change on a dime. It is important to be prepared for any eventuality of weather. If you are unsure about conditions do not hesitate to contact the office at 307-733-4979 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackson Hole Mountain Guides provides all technical climbing equipment including:
- Belay devices
Technical rock shoes are available for rent. Please contact our office for availability.
Talk To Us
Here you’ll find online tools and information about joining us for a trip of a lifetime! To sign up for a trip, or if you have any questions, please call us. Listed on the left side of these pages are links that you may find useful, including printable forms and policies concerning a trip with JHMG. We encourage ALL prospective climbers to read our Preparation advice. Our office can help place you with others who are looking to climb.