First Ascent Mountain School

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In a Nutshell

Guides supply necessary equipment during four-hour climbing outing to scale sandstone formations on the Garden of the Gods.

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Promotional value expires Jan 1, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. Limit 2 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. 48-hr cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price may apply. 40lb weight min. Must sign waiver. Not valid at Castlewood Canyon location. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Climbers scale mountains for the feeling of accomplishment and the heap of free flags waiting at the summit. Reach new personal heights with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $97 for a half-day guided rock-climbing trip for two people (a $194 value)
  • $130 for a half-day guided rock-climbing trip for four people (a $268 value)<p>

The guided climbing adventure pairs customers of all experience levels with professionally trained guides for climbs at one of three noted sites along the Front Range. The guides supply all helmets, harnesses, and shoes, though climbers should pack water bottles and sunscreen before traveling out to the majestic formations of Garden of the Gods, North Cheyenne Canyon, and more. Morning and afternoon trips are available with departure times at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.<p>

First Ascent Mountain School

John McDonough has spent his life rising to meet outdoor challenges. Years ago he began traveling the globe as a skier and rock climber, finding adventure and challenges on faraway mountains and snowy cliffs. After more than two decades on skis and 15 years scaling rocks, the AMGA Certified Single-Pitch Instructor––who once accompanied an inspiring group of blind climbers on a trip––now operates First Ascent Mountain School. The gig comes with the daily pleasure of watching beginners submit to the powerful sense of awe and accomplishment that comes with mountaineering. As First Ascent's founding director, John has assembled a small band of professional mountain guides who shared his zeal for nature and teaching. The crew touts a penchant for making the sometimes-intimidating activities of rock-terrain climbing and snowshoeing accessible to anyone who is interested.

Customer Reviews

Our Dutch mountain guide was delightful. I , as a grandma, admired how she build up the confidence, especially of my younger grandson. Our friends get dizzy just looking at the photos which I took of my 3 climbing boys (my son and his 2 sons). It was a great adventure and I held my breath behind the lens. Thanks again, Oma Renate
Renate M. · October 14, 2012
Fun, organized adventure.
Christy S. · October 1, 2012
Great place to learn. Excellent guide.
Ali R. · August 28, 2012

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