Telluride Rock Climbing

We’re fortunate as passionate climbers that Telluride is surrounded by numerous types of rock and styles of climbing. From single-pitch top-rope outings to committing, exposed multi-pitch traditional routes that ascend a thousand feet, the San Juans feature the best in guided rock climbing. We offer full or half day outings, depending on your goals and objectives. Our highly-trained guides can accommodate all levels of experience. For all of our rock climbing trips, we provide the technical equipment including helmets, harnesses and climbing shoes. Climbers may use their own gear if they prefer. Click buttons below to register:
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We also offer custom courses for climbers looking to learn the basics or to progress their personal skillset, such as progressing to lead climbing, high-alpine routes, or placing trad protection. Route grades in our area run from moderate to 5.13 and harder.

Telluride Area Rock Climbing Venues

  • Pipeline Wall (sport climbs)
  • Mill Creek (sport climbs)
  • Ophir Wall (everything from top rope to long, multi-pitch)
  • Ophir Needles (the essence of alpine rock climbs – long and committing!)
  • The Dark Side (trad and sport routes)
  • Waterfall Canyon (high alpine sport climbs in a spectacular setting!)
  • Sandstone (Crack!) Climbs in the West End
  • …and so much more.

The following is a general list of required gear for a day of Telluride rock climbing with Mountain Trip.  As part of your trip fee, we will happily provide all technical equipment; however, you are welcome to use your own equipment as well.

Many of the items on the list need to fit you well in order for you to fully enjoy your experience on the trail. Please plan ahead with clothing and footwear purchased for your hike so you can be certain that your gear will hold up.  Rappelling from the top of Hot Wee Wee is not the place to discover that your old rain coat is no longer waterproof!

Recommended items reflect the opinions of our guides.  We have used and have faith in all of our recommendations, but they may not necessarily fit or work for you.

Call or email us with any gear questions. We want you to be as prepared as possible for your group travel adventure.

Please follow this list closely and do not hesitate to call us for clarifications or to solicit an opinion about anything you are considering. There is a good selection of rock climbing gear available in Telluride, but if you plan to purchase items from local shops, please plan ahead and order any items that are size specific.

Print Equipment


GearDescriptionGuide's Pick
Trekking Shoes or Boots for ColoradoComfortable, well broken in trekking shoes or lightweight boots will work for approaching climbs, the Telluride Via Ferrata or climbing 14ers. Good traction is important for all of the above. Contact our office for more detailed advice!

Torso Layers

GearDescriptionGuide's Pick
Light Fleece HoodyLight/mid weight fleece (or wool) top with a hood. You will wear this over your light weight base layer.
Rain Jacket for ColoradoA rain shell can be your most important layer as we often experience afternoon showers during the summer months in Colorado. It should be packable and in good working order meaning that, in addition to being waterproof, it still has a functional water repellent finish and beads water on the surface of the fabric.

Leg Layers

GearDescriptionGuide's Pick
Lightweight Softshell Trekking PantsA lightweight synthetic softshell pant is a great layer that you'll wear every day on a trek or for an ascent of a peak. These are water resistant, breathable and comfortable in a wide range of weather and temps.

Head and Hands

GearDescriptionGuide's Pick
SunglassesSunglasses are essential in the mountains. Choose a pair that are comfortable and provide 100% UVA and UVB protection.

Packs and Duffels

GearDescriptionGuide's Pick
Climbing PackSuitable climbing packs will be 30 - 45 liters in volume and have the capability of easily attaching crampons, and ice axes if used for a day of ice climbing or if needed for a peak ascent. For a day climbs, any pack in the 30 - 45 liter range will work, but we recommend that you consider the weight of the pack carefully. Overnight, alpine routes require larger (45L) packs that also let you strap your sleeping pad to the outside.

Climbing Gear

GearDescriptionGuide's Pick
Climbing HelmetMake certain it fits over your warmest hat and under the hood of your shell. The super-lightweight foam helmets are great, but can get crushed in your duffel bags during travel, so protect your lid!
Climbing HarnessAn aspect of technical climbing is hanging in a harness. Having a padded, comfortable harness will make you much happier than will a thinly padded, alpine harness, and, should you find yourself at a semi hanging belay, your legs are less likely to fall asleep from lack of circulation.
Carabiners2 locking carabiners and 2 non-locking carabiners. (4 total)
Belay/Rappel DeviceA plaquette style belay/rappel device.


GearDescriptionGuide's Pick
Two (2) One-Liter Water BottlesYou will need two, 1-liter plastic water bottles. Please bring wide-mouth bottles, such as those from Nalgene, as these are much easier to fill than bottles with small openings.
CameraSmall, light weight point and shoot cameras are most popular among climbers. Be sure to bring extra memory and batteries!
Lip BalmBring a tube of quality lip balm with sun protection (SPF).
Water BottlesThe ability to carry 2 liters of water will help you stay hydrated throughout the day.
SunscreenThe sun can be intense in Colorado, so please apply high SPF sunscreen prior to your trip and bring a small tube along to reapply during the day.

***Mountain Trip is permitted to guide in the Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests.  All or part of this operation is conducted on public lands under special permit of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.  We provide services and employment regardless of ethnic or cultural heritage, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or physical handicap.

Refunds and Cancellations

Mountain Trip recognizes how difficult and disappointing it can be for guests who must cancel trips. Guests must also recognize that, due to the nature of planning trips and contracting guides for specific dates, Mountain Trip also accrues significant expenses in organizing our excursions. We must therefore adhere to a strict refund policy for all guests.

Trip cancellation and travel insurance is generally available for all excursions. U.S. and Canadian residents can purchase travel insurance for their trip via Travel Guard HERE. Our refund and cancellation policy is outlined below.

We require 100% payment at the time of booking and at least 72 hours notice for cancellations and rescheduling of activities.

• We are happy to work with you to reschedule to a new date or if you need to cancel entirely we will provide a full refund with a minimum of 72 hours notice.  If you cancel inside of 72 hours ahead of your trip departure, or do not show up, you will not be refunded, and will have to reschedule by paying full price.

• All requests for refunds must be made in writing and received in our Colorado office.  No refunds will be provided for cancellations occurring within the last 3 days prior to the scheduled date of your trip.

• Mountain Trip reserves the right to cancel a trip prior to the departure date for any reason. In such an event, all monies collected by Mountain Trip from trip participants shall be promptly refunded. This is the extent of our financial liability.

Weather Cancellations

Mountain weather is extremely variable and hard to read. As skilled mountaineers, our guides have extensive experience reading these unusual weather patterns. Because of this, we ask that you allow your guide to make any and all weather-related decisions for your trip on the morning it is scheduled. 

We do not cancel trips due to rain. Rather, we read the weather for the possible risks it could cause, such as rock fall or lightning, which makes it all the more important that you defer to your guide in these situations.

Inclusions and Exclusions

Included in the Trip Fee:

• Unlimited pre-trip access to our office resources

• Guidance of our experienced Mountain Trip guides

• Breakfast and dinners are provided for all overnight trekking trips and peak ascents, while we are in the field

• All necessary protective equipment for the trip (harness, climbing helmet, via ferrata rig, ice axe, crampons, etc)

• Assistance arranging for post-trip activities in the area

Not Included in the Trip Fee:

• Travel to and from SW Colorado

• Personal clothing and equipment per our equipment list (please, just ask us if you need anything!)

• Meals beyond those mentioned above

• Accommodation in Colorado

• Travel and/or rescue insurance (The COSAR card is an inexpensive way to reimburse local rescue groups for costs incurred during a rescue in Colorado – for more information, click HERE)

• Costs incurred due to evacuation or unplanned departure from the climbing area due to illness or other problems

• Costs incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of Mountain Trip

• Customary gratuities for guides

• Costs as a result of force majeure

General Agreement Concerning Services to be Provided And Responsibilities of Team Members

When registering for an outing with Mountain Trip we want to help make sure you understand the services we are providing and the services you are responsible for.

Transportation is incidental

The main purpose of becoming a team member is to join us on a climb in the mountains. As such any transportation we provide or that you may contract for on your own is incidental to the trip. We suggest that you make sure you have time built into your itinerary for delays.

Transportation to and from your destination

Climbing and trekking can be very dynamic and we will provide you with a recommendation as to when you should book your flights to and from your destination or how you might best arrange your travel to SW Colorado. If flying, we suggest you book a ticket that allows you to change your flight with little effort or cost.

Lodging off the mountain

Any lodging is your responsibility.

Responsibilities of Team Members

You are ultimately responsible for your own well-being, including making all necessary preparations to ensure good health and physical conditioning. You are responsible for understanding the conditions that may exist on the excursion and choosing an excursion that is appropriate for your abilities and interests. You are responsible for having knowledge of all pre-departure information and for assembling the appropriate clothing and equipment for your excursion.

While on the trip, team members are responsible to maintain basic levels of hygiene and to conduct themselves respectfully with other team members and members of the local population. If a guide feels that a team member is putting other members’ health or safety at risk, the guide has the discretion to remove a team member from an excursion.

Use our office staff and your lead guide as pre-trip resources to ensure that all your questions are answered. Travel insurance may help recoup expenses if you need to leave a climb due to an illness.

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