Grab your chalkbag and stretch out those fingers because Summit County has some excellent climbing spots for everyone from the beginner to the 5.13 lead climber.
- Summit County has the terrain for great climbing in an incredibly scenic location.
- Hire a guide to teach techniques to take your climbing to the next level.
- Think you're a strong hiker? Try summiting the three 14ers in the Decalibron loop.
- Help kids build confidence as they safely climb walls they never thought they could.
Slow, intense, and deliberate, climbing is a sport that challenges the mind as much as the body. The focus and concentration might be a bit difficult, though, with the high altitude and the spectacular scenery to distract you.
In Breckenridge, rock climbing with its myriad of varieties has found a home. Traditional, sport, ice, aid, whatever your interest, Breckenridge climbing will exceed expectations.
Mountaineering is another popular activity in the high mountains. Hikers come from long distances to summit peaks in the summer and winter because of the number of “14ers,” or mountains above 14,000 feet in elevation.
Climbing with Kids
If you are traveling to Summit County with young kids, you might be surprised at how easily they pick up the sport of climbing. Kids as young as 3 years old really enjoy spending an hour or two at an indoor climbing gym.
Where to go Climbing / Mountaineering
The best way to decide where to climb in Summit County is to go to a shop and ask for advice from local climbers. In addition, there are publications with route descriptions and directions that will help you to decide which routes to tackle.
- Ten Mile Canyon – Excellent ice climbing as well as sport. Located between Copper Mountain and Frisco on I-70.
- Swan Mountain – Bouldering and top roping area on the south side of Frisco, on Swan Mountain Road.
- Copper Mountain Climbing Wall – The largest outdoor climbing wall in Colorado, located in The Village.
- Keystone Mountain Climbing Wall – Located in River Run Village, this is great for some family fun.
- Quandary Peak – This is a classic 14er summit, with many hikers choosing to ski down in the winter. Located south of Breckenridge on Hwy. 9.
- Fletcher Mountain – Connected to Quandary Peak, this is another popular summit, but not as high as Quandary Peak.
- Decalibron – Bag three 14ers in this loop, hitting Mount Democrat, Mount Cameron, and Mount Bross.
Rentals and Fees
There are a number of climbing gyms in the area to practice climbing in a safe, controlled environment. They have different rates for day/week/month passes and punch cards. Inquire at specific gyms.
Safety considerations prevent shops from renting out any weight-bearing climbing gear, such as ropes or carabiners, but crampons and ice picks are available. Because of this, it is necessary to hire a guide for rock climbing unless you bring your own gear.
Hire a Guide
If you are just learning how to climb, it is highly recommended to take a lesson, available from outdoor shops in Summit County and some of the resorts. They are also available at climbing gyms.
If you're looking to expand your skill set, consider hiring a guide or taking a course. Whether you're into sport, traditional, multi-pitch, aid or ice climbing, there is a place to learn, practice and perfect those skills under professional instruction.