Kids Climbing

Youth Climbing

At Denver Mountain Guiding, we are offering youth climbing opportunities for kids, ages 13-18, that are looking to take their climbing to the next level by pushing themselves outside. Throughout the season we will be posting trips and climbing days to this page. In order to sign up for one of our youth climbing days or trips, you must have the prerequisites below and also apply by filling out the application. Since we have such a limited number of spots for our trips, we must use an application process to ensure that the kids signed up are qualified.

Clear Creek Canyon Area

Prerequisites for Youth Climbing Trips

13-18 years of age
Must be able to climb 5.10a inside and outside
lead climbing and lead belaying experience required

Trips to Rifle Mountain Park

Located on the western slope of Colorado, near the town of Rifle, Rifle Mountain Park is one of the best sport climbing destinations in the country. Jam packed with hundreds of steep to overhanging limestone walls and caves, this location is for the intermediate to advanced sport climbers looking to really push themselves. Please inquire to receive more information on these trips.

June 6th-8th | $500 | Max participants 8 kids
July 11th-13th | $500 | Max participants 8 kids
August 1st-3rd | $500 | Max participants 8 kids

Climbing Cats, Youth Climbing (Summer 2022)

Summer Team (Meets every Monday and Wednesday)

The Climbing Cats youth climbing team is designed for youth climbers that are excited about climbing and want to take their outdoor climbing to the next level. The Climbing Cats will be meeting for outdoor climbing sessions twice per week. We encourage everyone who meets the prerequisites to sign up. No matter your ability level, we will be able to help you improve your all-around outdoor climbing ability. We also work on skills during these sessions, like anchor building/cleaning, intro to rock rescue techniques, and an option to practice trad gear placements.

What is it?

Twice a week program (8am-4pm)
Weekly training program for each kid
Skills sessions that include anchor building/cleaning, intro to rock rescue techniques, and an option to practice trad gear placements


The three coaches for this program are Kevin and Laura Capps, and Vasya Vorotnikov. Kevin and Laura have been guiding and coaching youth climbers for over 10 years, with extensive experience with outdoor climbing and coaching. Vasya grew up competing in the youth and adult competition circuit for US Climbing. Vasya has also climbed routes with difficulty up to 5.15a, one of the most difficult grades in the United States.

Prerequisites for Climbing Cats

12-18 years of age
Must lead climb 5.11 or harder in the gym
lead climbing and lead belaying experience required

Dates and Cost

Starts May 30th, and ends on August 10th. This program is 11 weeks and 22 days total.