Crack Camp 2 Day Course - PPAS - CityROCK

If you’re planning to get out of the gym, away from crowded sport-bolted crags, and climb your way up into the multi-pitch trad and wild alpine walls of your dreams – you’re gonna need to know how to jam! From technical tips locks and crack smears, to fist-stacks, knee bars, and chimneying; the full quiver of crack techniques can only be learned out on the real stone. Join our AMGA Certified Guides and Instructors to learn the intricate nuances and subtleties of crack climbing on the best granite splitters in Colorado.

Turkey Rocks ranks among the nation’s best places to learn to crack climb. With superb camping options and scenic vistas, it has a short approach and hosts the full array of crack sizes all tightly spaced on four stunning formations. There are routes from just one pitch to several pitches in length. It has desperate tips cracks, perfect hand cracks, foreboding offwidths and cavernous chimneys, and all the sizes between. Best of all, these climbs are found in the clean, bomber granite the South Platte region is known for. It’s pretty tough to beat.
Our guides find the ideal ratio of instruction-to-climbing to make sure you’re learning and integrating new skills seamlessly.

4 to 1 ratio
Minimum of 3 climbers to run the class
*We do not refund this course because of the minimum number required to run it, except in extreme circumstances.
**Weather dependent. In the event of inclement weather, the course may be rescheduled to another date, or fully refunded.

Cost: $425/participant

Dates: TBD

Venue: Turkey Rocks

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What you will walk away with:

  • Knowing how to confidently jam everything from tips, finger, off-finger (aka rattley), hand, cupped-hand, fist, and off-width cracks.
  • How to use optimal body-positioning and footwork for all sizes of crack, as well as tips on finding “cheater holds”, stemming and smearing.
  • Skin Protection and Maintenance.
  • Knowledge of how to create tape gloves and how to tape fingers for thin cracks.
  • How to differentiate the pros/cons of some commercially made crack gloves, as well as post-climb skin care.
  • Move-for-move feedback from our expert guides will ensure the best climbing habits are reinforced.
  • Analysis of traditional gear placements, anchors, and multi-pitch systems.
  • Two fully immersive days of getting real climbing-mileage in one of the best crack-climbing venues in Colorado.

With the techniques and knowledge gained from our skills based, hands on approach, you’ll never be scared away from a climb with a few pitches of wide cracks, and will soon be ready to charge after lines everywhere from Indian Creek to the Diamond!

Crack Climbing Gear List

The gear on this list is required. If you have any questions about this list or the gear on it, please contact our office for advice. Mountain Chalet here in Colorado Springs is a great resource for knowledge and product selection. PPAS also rents most gear (not clothing) on this list. Call (719) 368-9524 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance.

CLIMBING GEAR (*Included, but please bring your gear if you own them):

  • *Climbing helmet.
  • *Climbing harness.
  • *Climbing shoes.
  • *Belay device.
  • *Climbing Tape


  • Pants, a must for crack climbing.
  • Insulation layer (top) fleece or “puffy” jacket, an extra layer for cool mornings or adverse weather.
  • Rain jacket. Makes a great wind barrier too.


  • Ball Cap or Visor, sun protection for your face.
  • Sunglasses with wraparound sun and wind protection.
  • Buff (neck gaiter) keeps the sun off your neck and works well under a helmet for cool mornings.


  • Light pair of gloves, or belay gloves.


  • ~35Liter Backpack, make sure your gear fits in pack prior to course day.
  • (1 or 2) 1L water bottles leak-proof bottle like Nalgene works best.
  • Sunscreen, 30SPF minimum
  • Lipscreen
  • Camera
  • Snacks, about 1300 calories for the day. Sandwich, candy bars, and trail mix work well, bring what tastes good to you.
  • Spare door and ignition key, for groups carpooling.