Open to all rock climbing levels




July 21 & 22, 2022


Come climb in the mountain sunshine of Ouray, CO…still a hidden gem in the sport climbing world! The “Switzerland of America” hosts quality routes on sandstone, limestone, basalt, and conglomerate crags nestled in impressive scenery.

New to sport climbing? Looking to push your grade? Or never even climbed outside? This clinic is for you! We will introduce you to different climbing styles and rock types. By covering outdoor climbing fundamentals, IRIS will teach you the skills to be a competent climbing partner outside in the single pitch environment.


Been to Ouray to ice climb, can’t get enough, and want to check out the summer rock scene? Whether you’ve been climbing for years or are interested in seeing what the rock climbing fuss is all about, Ouray is a climbing location for everyone.


IRIS guides are EXCELLENT educators; skilled at communicating and coaching, great at taking a big concept and breaking it into digestible steps, and dedicated to facilitating an educational environment where participants can absorb and apply the information.


The folks you’ll climb with will become fast friends. A two day program is the right amount of time to progress in your climbing, build new belaytionships, and enjoy the beauty of the San Juan Mountains!

Wednesday, July 20: 

6-7pm: Meet and Greet: (Gear, Goals and Group Gathering)

Location TBD


Thursday, July 21:

8am: Meet up and discuss day’s logistics

9am-4pm: Climb


Friday, July 22:

8am: Meet up

9am-4pm: Climb

4-5pm: Wrap-up


Meeting and climbing times may change based on weather and temperatures.


2 Days of Guided Instruction

4:1 Guest to Guide Ratio

minimum of 2 required


Not Included:


Travel / transportation


Personal climbing equipment & clothing

Guide gratuity

Travel insurance (highly recommended!!)

Incurred costs by leaving a trip early

Incurred costs as a result of force majeure


Travel Recommendations:

Closest airports: Grand Junction or Montrose


Hotel Recommendations:

The Ouray Inn

● Harness
● Helmet
● Rock Shoes
● Belay Device plus Locking Carabiner
● Chalk (optional)
● Belay gloves (optional)
● Any personal items you’d like to use/try during the clinic
Ie. Quickdraws; rock pro; anchoring materials
● Approach shoes (or close-toed hiking shoes/ sneakers)
● Day pack: 30-40L

● 2L+ Water / Hydration


Clothes & Extras:
● Climbing pant or short (shorts long enough to fit under harness leg loops)
● Long sleeve sun shirt (recommended to keep cool and keep sun off)
● Tank top / sports bra
● Rain jacket
● Insulating jacket (light puff or similar)
● Ball cap / sun hat
● Sunscreen
● Sunglasses
● Personal first aid kit
Guides will carry one; only if you specifically need something: ie. epi pen, benadryl, personal meds, blister care


● Lunch/snacks


Kristin Arnold guide and climber

IFMGA Mountain Guide
AMGA Ski Guide
AMGA Alpine Guide
AMGA Rock Guide

Sheldon Kerr climber

IFMGA Mountain Guide
AMGA Ski Guide
AMGA Alpine Guide
AMGA Rock Guide