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“OWA is a great experience in a beautiful part of Colorado. All the counselors are really helpful, fun, and flexible. They help you safely step outside of your comfort zone and personalize your experience. I became close with other campers and built good relationships”- Sage, age 14
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Shelf Road

Shelf Road Climbing!

Shelf road is the premier sport climbing area in Central Colorado, this limestone canyon has hundreds of routes for beginners and experts alike. OWA offers courses at Shelf road year round although the best season is Fall or Spring!

We offer a several different options depending on time, skill level and your groups individual needs!

For a standard 8 hour day course led by an AMGA certified Single Pitch Instructor the cost is below.

    • 1 Person $260 per person
    • 2 People $145 per person
    • 3 People $110 per person
    • 4 People $95 per person
    • 5 People $80 per person
    • 6+ people $70.00 person
    • Private Advanced climbing* 1-2 people $295 total

*OWA offers 1 day advanced climbing led by an AMGA Certified Rock Guide. This are offered by availability on a limited basis. Spending the day with an AMGA rock guide and work on advanced skills, whether preparing for a trip or just looking to gain skills you will learn a lot!

Register for Shelf Road Rock climbing outings

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Penitente Canyon Climbing!

Penitente Canyon is one of the most unique climbing venues in Colorado, this canyon has hundreds of routes for all level of climbers from introductory to advanced. OWA offers courses at Penitente Canyon throughout the year round although the best season is Fall or Spring!

We offer a several different options depending on time, skill level and your groups individual needs!

For a standard 8 hour day course led by an AMGA certified Single Pitch Instructor the cost is below.

  • 1 Person $260 per person
  • 2 People $145 per person
  • 3 People $110 per person
  • 4 People $95 per person
  • 5 People $80 per person
  • 6+ people $70.00 person
  • Private Advanced climbing* 1-2 people $295 total

*OWA offers 1 day advanced climbing led by an AMGA Certified Rock Guide. This are offered by availability on a limited basis. Spending the day with an AMGA rock guide and work on advanced skills, whether preparing for a trip or just looking to gain skills you will learn a lot!

Register for Penitente Canyon Rock climbing outings

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Introduction to Mountaineeering, Central Colorado

  • Dates:Custom dates for 2016 now available!
  • Gender: Coed
  • Age Group: 18+
  • Availability: 6 Spots
  • Cost: $395.00 (airfare not included)

The central Colorado introduction to mountaineering course is the perfect introduction for aspiring mountaineers. This course will teach you the skills for basic technical snow climb often found in the rockies, learn under the guidance of an experienced OWA mountaineer. Get started in climbing peaks and learning ice axe, crampon techniques as well as rope travel. This course travels into the French gulch area of central Colorado, a beautiful alpine cirque surrounded by 13,000ft peaks. It is an excellent early season training ground to get acclimatized and begin to prepare for larger peaks further in your climbing career. We teach and practice ice axe technique, rope travel, crevasse rescue (although the terrain is not crevassed) and crampon technique. We summit 2 peaks on this 3 day course, Boreas Peak 13,082ft via the NW ridge and Mt. Baldy via Black Powder pass and the East ridge.
Our guides will give hands-on, personal instruction to get you the experience you want. This trip is great for anyone who is interested in breaking into that magical world of snow capped summits. Equipment and food will be provided by OWA. For an extra day, add our Glacier Travel Course to the same trip!
Successful completion of this course and displayed mastery of the skills involved automatically qualifies you to take Wind Rivers Mountaineering
Some backcountry experience is recommended before booking this trip (contact us if you have questions).

Register and more info

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Ice Climbing-vertical ice Winter 2014-2015 Colorado Springs and Alma area

  • Dates:Dec-Feb 2015-2016
  • Gender: Coed
  • Age Group: 18+
  • Availability: 6 Spots
  • Cost:$245.00 for 1 person, 2-3 people $120 each, 4-6 people $95 each

During the winter many of the beautiful waterfalls of Colorado freeze and become a playground for ice climbers, climbing waterfall ice is an experience like no other. OWA guides at Silver Cascades Falls and Lincoln Falls (addendum to our Pike NF permit pending). Silver Cascade falls located very close to Colorado Springs makes for the perfect beginner climbing area. OWA provides all technical climbing gear and has ice climbing boots available if needed.

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Ice field Wind River Peak

Glacier Travel Course

  • Dates:Now booking custom dates for 2016!
  • Gender: Coed
  • Age Group: 18+
  • Availability: 6 Spots
  • Cost: $135.00 (airfare not included)

A one-day clinic on the technical aspects of glacier travel. Clients will learn from our experienced guides and get a chance to practice the techniques live. We cover rope systems, group managment, risk management and introduce the basic crevasse rescue concepts. Combine this with our Introduction to Mountaineering Course for a well-rounded three-day trip of skills.

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South Park Crest, supported but not guided!

  • Dates: Now booking Custom Dates for Summer & Fall
  • Gender: Coed
  • Age Group: 18+
  • Availability: 6 Spots
  • Cost: $ 335.00 li>Are you tired of ferreting out trip plans, reading reviews, looking at trail maps, and organizing transportation every time you want to take a mountain biking trip? Well here is a ready to deliver package trip for you. No muss, no fuss, just the best Mountain Biking in Colorado. Our guides have put together a point to point trip starting a Kenosha pass and finishing in Buena Vista, which includes the legendary Gold Dust Trail leaving out of Como, Colorado. No stress for you, no getting skunked on bad trails, just get on your bike and enjoy. We support the ride and bring your camping gear to each stop but you “guide” yourselves each day allowing you to choose your own pace and sightseeing options. We provide detailed maps and instructions! We’ll have the cooler full of ice for the post ride!__________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Lost Creek Wilderness Backpacking

    TripsColorado is known for having more 14ers than any other state in the U.S. But locals who frequent the Lost Creek Wilderness area are happy that the peaks don’t reach that high. While hordes of tourists and “locals” alike trudge up 14000 ft peaks like Mt Evans and Pikes Peak (which has a donut shop on the summit), those in the

  • Dates:Custom Dates Throughout Summer
  • Gender: Coed
  • Age Group:All ages, including families
  • Availability: 1-12 Spots
  • Cost: $145.00 pp/per day (airfare not included)
  • know enjoy the pristine wilderness landscape, wild views, and solitude of the Lost Creek Wilderness.Right in the back yard of OWA basecamp, our guides know the area better than anyone and have developed it as a cornerstone trip. With much of the hiking above tree line you’ll still get that high altitude backpacking experience, but without the crowds. So if you are a peak bagger who can’t wait to post summit photos with altitude labels and personal time… maybe another trip is for you. But if the thought of the untouched, vast and wild is what drives you to the mountains, you will find an experience of a lifetime in Lost Creek.

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    Colorado Multi-pitch Climbing

    For the climber that wants to take their skills to long multi-pitch climbs.

    Colorado is a fantastic state to cut your teeth on long routes. With multi-pitch routes varying in commitment from 15 minute to full day approaches, our guides will be able to give you hands on and personalized instruction that suits your level of climbing experience. Learn techniques and tips for moving quickly and safely on long routes.

  • Dates:June-Aug 2016
  • Gender: Coed
  • Age Group: 15+
  • Availability: 4 Spots
  • Cost: $165 per person/day (airfare not included)
  • Successful completion of this course and displayed mastery of the skills involved automatically qualifies you to take Wind Rivers Alpine Rock

    Our Lead Climbing Clinic, Anchor Building Clinic, or equivalent experience is recommended before booking this trip (contact us if you have questions)

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    Colorado is often billed as the highest state in the country with 54 peaks over 14,000ft the scenery and grandeur is not one to be missed. Colorado has been OWA home base since David Appleton moved the operation here in 1984, we are based near the center of the state but travel to several world class climbing, hiking and biking destinations across the state. What a better way to maximize your vacation time than allowing our guides to handle everything! And we mean everything from the minute you step off the plane in Denver our trips are all inclusive, which means you can leave the worry and headache behind. As diverse as the opportunities for outdoor adventure are in Colorado so are the trips we offering, specializing in hiking, climbing and biking we would love to plan a custom trip for you or your group. Additionally every year we offer several set itineraries where you can join like minded folks on the adventure of a lifetime. OWA is permitted by the Pike National Forest, Colorado BLM and Colorado State parks, always be sure your adventure provided is operating within the regulations of the state or federal area that they operate in.

    During the Winter Colorado is an ice climbers and backcountry skiing paradise, be sure to check the avalanche report before travelling into the backcountry! See here