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PPCA’s Gym to Crag Series: Intro to Sport Climbing

June 18, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


PIKES PEAK CLIMBERS ALLIANCE GYM-TO-CRAG Series Part 3: Intro to Sport Climbing

Pikes Peak Climbers’ Alliance (PPCA) presents the 3rd in its Gym-to-Crag climbing series:  Intro to Sport Climbing!

Feel free to join us even if you missed the first or second workshop in this series.  In part one, PPCA covered important ethics and guidelines of our climbing community, as well as, reviewing gear and techniques needed to make the transition from gym climbing to the outdoor.  In part two, the group took a look at belay devices and techniques — a most important skill for you and your partner to master.

In this third workshop, PPCA will help you “get on the rock” by focusing on the important skills of:

-how to clip safely, avoid back clipping, and z-clipping.

-how to establish a sport anchor that is safe for top rope.

-how to clean an anchor and set up for rappel.

It’s a great opportunity to learn and ask questions.  Hope you can join us!




Here’s more about PPCA and how it’s serving our climbing community.   Perhaps you might want to get involved!

Our Mission

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

Where We 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

Our Committees

Education Committee

The Education Committee works to provide information on local crags, technical skills, and best practices and safety in climbing 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, including 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. Current projects include bathroom and parking expansion, fixed hardware management, and trail maintenance.

South Platte Committee

The South Platte Committee is focused on maintaining access, preserving the history, and promoting sustainable climbing practices in the South Platte. These area include but are not limited to: 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, and contributes to the management of hardware in other areas of the region as well.

​There are lots of ways to get involved:  http://www.pikespeakclimbersalliance.org/stewardship-opportunities

Join us on Wednesday, May 16, meet some of the members of PPCA, enhance and refresh your climbing skills and perhaps meet some new climbing partners.

And it’s all free!!!



June 18, 2019
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


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