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Ice climbers in Ouray, Colorado

Outdoor Adventure

Outings and instructional activities

REC Outdoors


Outdoor Adventure (OA) offers instruction in a wide variety of human-powered outdoor adventure activities including rock and ice climbing, hiking, snowshoeing, bike tune clinics, avalanche safety, canyoneering, and more.

Basics of Rock Climbing student quote:
"...this trip blew me away. We really got down and dirty with the activities. I initially thought the trip consisted of tourist hikes on paved trails. I was wrong!"

Outdoor Adventure Schedule 2017-2018

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Every outdoor program has it’s premier experiences and we consider our Moab Canyoneering trip over spring break among ours. If you’ve ever wondered what it like on the other side of the railing at those scenic overlooks, now is the time to find out! Climb over the railing and join us as we find safe ways to explore spectacular technical canyons of the desert southwest. Fees include instruction, gear (even clothing if needed), and lodging.


RTD Ride and Hike/Trails to Tread
Check the schedule for great choices for day hikes a short drive from Denver.

Check out the RTD Ride and Hike - a chance to ride the RTD bus to the trailhead – these are truly unique and low impact outings.

RTD Ride and Hike @ Trails to Tread This is a resource that helps connect students to RTD buses and trains that service outdoor adventure locations. This is just a sample of the many outdoor adventures you can enjoy once you get started!

We also include seasonal wildflower and photo hikes.

Local Ice Climbing
Denver is the only major city in the contiguous US that offers ice climbing within a 20-minute drive. So, why not take up ice climbing? It’s a great winter sport and we can get you started at a very affordable student price.

Ice Climbing Outline

Sharpening Ice Tools


The Outdoor Adventure mountaineering programs provide a progression that address’s the combination of activities commonly referred to as mountaineering. We suggest that mountaineering is not a stand alone set of techniques in the same sense that rock climbing is. Rather, it describes the mindset of participants and the environment where the activity takes place. Mountaineering is “big feature” oriented, typically summit but also significant mountain features such as arêtes, pinnacles or gendarmes.

The mountaineering progression provides a participant with a basic skill set that supports further participation in increasingly technically advanced skills. No particular skill set is more important than another – all are important to the mountaineer.

The philosophy behind the design is that participants have the opportunity to learn the skills listed within each activity (i.e. learning outcomes are the priority). Activities are not particularly strenuous, they are not anymore physically demanding than is necessary for learning and practicing the skills. Consequently, climbing a mountain or “summiting” something is not generally included in the outcomes.

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Ouray Ice Climbing

One of our premier challenges and a great learning opportunity, the annual outing to the Ouray Ice Park is the perfect opportunity to get started with this incredible sport or to hone your skills, if you already climb. Experienced staff provide expert safety and instruction and you can’t beat the Box Canyon Lodge and Hot Springs for convenience and comfort. Just about everything is included in the price - lodging, transportation, gear, warm clothes, and instruction.

Ouray Slide Show

Ouray Gear List

There is no better way to get started rock climbing than with this student-fee supported program. We teach both indoors and outside, and topics include knots, belaying, anchor building, risk assessment, and climbing technique. Each rock climbing session within the series can be taken individually or in sequence. Click the link for learning outcomes for each session and for more information.

O‌utdoor Adventure rock resources:
OA knot list

Developing Power to Take on Mountains

Training for Climbing 

Outdoor Adventure rock lesson info and outlines:
Rock Climbing Information

Rock One Lesson's Learning Outcomes

Rock Two Lesson's Learning Outcomes

Rock Three Lesson's Learning Outcomes

Rock Four Lesson's Learning Outcomes


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