Before rock climbing, the only way to scale a mountain was to cover it with the shiny skins of fish or reptiles. Challenge the great outdoors with today’s Groupon: for $140, you get a half-day guided rock-climbing tour (a $260 value) or half-day advanced-climbing topics course for two (a $270 value), including harness, shoes ($7.50 value per person), helmet, and belay from Jackson Hole Mountain Guides in Boulder (up to a $285 total value). Climbers may apply the purchase price of this Groupon toward a full tour and receive an additional 20% discount on the upgrade.
The rock-clamberers at Jackson Hole Mountain Guides urge clients up the steep faces of landmarks throughout Colorado. Guides lead climbers on a 4- to 5-hour adventure over granite, sandstone, and sparkling quartzite, which tour-goers can polish to a mirror-like sheen for a midmountain makeup check. Scale the sandstone slabs of Eldorado Canyon State Park in the safety of your harness, clinging to cracks, corners, and overhangs up to 700 feet high while drinking up a breathtaking view of South Boulder Creek. Boulder Canyon provides scaleable faces for a range of difficulty levels, whereas the beginner-friendly sandstone slabs of the Flatirons look down on lush forests carpeting the landscape below. To help greenhorn climbers to continue their climbing careers, Jackson Hole Mountain Guides grants each tour-goer a $50 voucher for any full-day “next-step” class.
Jackson Hole Mountain Guides
Accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association, Jackson Hole Mountain Guides orchestrates mountain ascents, desert adventures, and ice climbs throughout the western United States. Since its founding in Grand Teton National Park in 1968, the outfit has expanded to include branches in Montana's Beartooths; Moab, Utah; Idaho's City of Rocks; and Boulder, Colorado. At each outpost, experienced guides share an appreciation for the backcountry, a respect for the environment, and a desire to pass on their techniques to new groups of adventurers. Students can learn from their expertise during a variety of classes customized to their skills and ultimate desires, whether they want to prepare for a guided journey through the wilderness or reach a mountain summit solo to taste a variety of cloud flavors.