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Address: 341 Moraine Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517-8044
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+1 303-996-5571

Colorado Mountain School (CMS) offers courses and privately guided group...

Colorado Mountain School (CMS) offers courses and privately guided group and individual outings in rock climbing, mountaineering, skiing, snowshoeing, ski mountaineering, avalanche training and ice climbing throughout Colorado. CMS is the exclusive climbing concessionaire for Rocky Mountain National Park and based locally in Boulder and Estes Park. CMS is the largest guide service in Colorado and has more American Mountain Guides Association certified Guides than any other guide service in the state.

Our lodge located in Estes Park, Colorado, is for CMS clients only.

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Rock climbing at its best

We climbed six days with CMS and have only good things to say. Totally professional and safety conscious. Our guide was Buster Jesik, born and raised locally. He shows a... read more

Reviewed 22 August 2016
Marathon, Florida
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Marathon, Florida
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Reviewed 22 August 2016

We climbed six days with CMS and have only good things to say. Totally professional and safety conscious. Our guide was Buster Jesik, born and raised locally. He shows a passionate love of the outdoors, has tons of alpine experience, and was an effective teacher. He was responsive to our desire to learn and improve, and challenged us each time... More 

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Canton, Ohio
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Reviewed 31 July 2016

My family of two teen daughters my wife and I joined our guide Karen for a morning of climbing instruction and experience. It couldn't have gone better and our whole family, none whom had ever climbed before, felt more confident and comfortable. Karen was patient and encouraging. I would absolutely recommend this company for beginning climbers.

Thank julieandjohns
The Colony, Texas
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Reviewed 18 July 2016

Our group of eight, four kids/teens and four adults, booked a half day climb with CMS in Estes Park as part of a week-long vacation in CO. The day before our climb we realized that we needed to change our start time. There were other climbers in our scheduled outing so we couldn’t easily just make changes, but Luke Terstriep... More 

1 Thank MollyB_TX
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Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

I did the half day guided climb. We went to elderado canyon. I had never climbed outdoors before and my guide was great! He explained everything really well. They supplied all the gear needed. Defiantly recommend especially if you like to rock climb!

Thank Carrie D
Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

I took an ice climbing and AIARE Level I with these guys and I thought they were great! There's an on-site hostel too for students that is very reasonable. My instructors were friendly, professional, and experts in their field. I look forward to taking more training with them.

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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Reviewed 27 April 2016 via mobile

We took the Mountain Navigation class at CMS to prepare for a hiking trip in the Swiss alps. Jake Gaventa was a great teacher. Patient, knowledgeable, and thorough, he was able to communicate some challenging concepts to our novice hiking duo. And he gave us some great information about the trip/route we are taking. Feel much better prepared to go... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016

A friend and I are hiking the Haute Route this summer but unfortunately lack the navigational skills to find our way out of a paper bag. Each of us also lives in mountain-less regions and lacked mountain orientation skills. We spent a full day with Jake in the Mountain Navigation course in Estes Park. Not only had Jake completed the... More 

Thank Bonnie C
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Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

My husband and I enjoy anything to do with the outdoors, so naturally we decided to take a stab at ice climbing, both literally and figuratively. After doing some research, Colorado Mountain School seemed to be the quickest drive, as well as best buy. The morning of our intro course, we were greeted by a welcoming staff and waited in... More 

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Reviewed 26 October 2015

I have never smiled so much watching someone else doing something. My 12-year-old son has wanted to learn to rock climb for a couple of years now. Jake Gaventa was an excellent instructor. He took him to "The Hand" in Estes Park for a four-hour lesson. Jake was patient, respectful and encouraging to my son. I figured there would be... More 

Thank LoLaBro
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Reviewed 28 September 2015 via mobile

Great staff! Went to the Boulder location - Everett was our guide. Half day your really reasonable. We went to Happy Hour Crag in Boulder Canyon. Felt like this secured the 'Colorado experience' for us! Had only been to indoor gym and I am quite a beginner. Great experience! Thank you!

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