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Climbing Photography Basics

July 31 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Climbing Photography Basics

PPCA’s Part 4 in a 4-part GYM-TO-CRAG SERIES (attendance at prior workshops NOT necessary)

In this final part of the 4-part series, Pikes Peak Climbers Alliance (PPCA) focuses on taking your camera to the crag and how to capture your best moves, so you’ll want to “send” your images to friends and family to convey what’s climbing means to you.

This session is an introduction to taking better photos to frame and share your climbing adventures.

We’ll consider:

When to take photos, and when not to take photos;

What to look for in composition, content and post-processing of an image;

What gear to use, and how to use it to help elevate and shape the light to enhance the image;

And a few moments, emphasizing the importance of ethics in climbing and optimizing the climbing community’s impact on the environment.

This is the last in the GYM-to_CRAG 4-part series and each of the series can be attended independently.


A little about…


Their Mission

The Pikes Peak Climbers Alliance 501(c)3 is a rock climbing advocacy group. Their mission is to promote sustainable climbing, foster education, and protect the resources of the Pikes Peak region. They do this through open dialogue and partnership with land managers, other advocacy organizations, and the local community. They welcome your input! ​

Where They Work

The Pikes Peak region encompasses much of the Southern Front Range, from Canon City to Denver and as far West as South Park. In particular, the PPCA focuses its efforts on popular crags near Colorado Springs, including Shelf Road, Colorado Springs City Parks (Garden of the Gods, Red Rock Open Space, and Cheyenne Canyon), and Turkey Rocks and Devils Head in the South Platte.

For more information about the management of climbing areas in the Pikes Peak Region, take a look at these Climbing Management Plans (CMPs), developed in partnership with federal land managers.

– Jefferson County (JeffCo) Climbing Management Plan

Eastern CO (Shelf Road) Climbing Management Plan

South Platte Climbing Management Plan

Their Committees

Education Committee

The Education Committee provides information on local crags, technical skills, and best practices, as well as climbing safety.  The main avenues of communication are through social media, free clinics, and educational events.

Stewardship Committee

Working closely with local land managers, the Stewardship Committee helps engage the local community in volunteer projects.  Importantly, this includes construction of trails and belay platforms, and crag clean-up events.

Shelf Road Committee

The Shelf Road Committee is working with land managers and other organizations to adopt this popular climbing area. Projects currently underway include bathroom and parking expansion, fixed hardware management, and trail maintenance.


South Platte Committee

Maintaining access, preserving the history, and promoting sustainable climbing practices in the South Platte are the main responsibilities of the South Platte Committee.  These areas include the popular areas of  Turkey Rocks, Thunder Ridge, Elevenmile Canyon, and Devil’s Head.


Fixed Hardware Committee

The Fixed Hardware Committee is responsible for the inventory and maintenance of the bolts and anchor gear in our City parks.  Among other things, the group contributes to the management of hardware in other areas of the region as well.





July 31
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Mountain Chalet
15 N Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903 United States
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