Member Boulder Series starts February 4 through March 11

(February 4 – March 11)

What is it?
This is a 6 Week Bouldering Series open to members that want to climb, mingle, meet other awesome ET members!

How does it work?
Fantastic way to meet people, and encourage friendly competition! The first week will determine ability levels, and the 2nd week people of varying abilities will be placed on a team. Every week Earth Treks setters will set new boulder problems specifically for the series. Participants will attempt all these problems, each hold having a point.

When is it?
Wednesdays  |  6:00 pm –  8:00 pm

Who can participate?
Earth Treks Members



Pre-registration is required. Limited to 40 spots. Register at the front desk.

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Mental Training Clinic – January, 31- 11am to 3pm -Register at Front Desk

Mental Training Clinic
Learn to Climb Mindfully – The Vertical Mind Way

On Saturday January 31st from 11am to 3pm, Don McGrath, author of Vertical Mind will be giving a hands-on mental training clinic for climbers. The clinic is aimed at climbers who want to improve their climbing, specifically their mental game.

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn concepts from psychology and apply them to climbing using drills and exercises. Participants can expect these benefits.


  • improved climbing through better mental control
  • better ability to stay calm when required
  • better ability to get amped up when required
  • better ability to stay in the moment when climbing
  • reduced anxiety prior to and during climbing
  • find flow in climbing

Registration details:
Date: Saturday January 31
Time 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Place: Earth Treks  (Register at front desk – Class is limited to 10 spots)
Price: $97.00

Participants also get
+ Free copy of Vertical Mind audio book ($25 value)
+ Free one-on-one training consult ($50 value)

Vertical Mind Clinic

Warriors Way with Arno Ilgner – February 25th

Earth Treks is thrilled to be hosting Arno Ilgner on February 25, 2015 for his popular Warrior’s Way Clinic.

  • Dates & Times:  February 25, 2015 5:30-10pm
  • Cost: $119 ($99 for Members)
  • Registration:  Register online via the calendar.

If you missed last years session this is your chance to take the clinic. Here are some comments from last years attendees!

“This was GREAT. It is refreshing to be around climbers who are safe and practice skills like falling, breathing, etc systematically. I really feel like this is the most practical way to improve a person’s climbing and I’m so excited to implement this in my climbing regimen. Thank you so much!!!” –Cristina (Earth Treks, Golden, CO)

“Focusing on breathing made an immediate improvement! I wish I had taken this years ago; it would have helped present bad habits.” –Michael (Earth Treks, Golden, CO)

Warriors Way - Arno Ilgner - February 2015 Colorado


Climbing Mountains to Fight Cancer – Livestrong / Survivor Summit

Climbing Mountains to Fight Cancer
For the last few years Earth Treks has been partnering with Livestrong and Survivor Summit!

“Survivor Summit is a LIVESTRONG partnered event that exists to provide inspiration, motivation and hope for those among us facing uphill battles.”   The Mission of the Survivor Summit Foundation is to lead cancer survivors and their supporters on life altering journeys, inspiring them and the community at large to challenge the mental and physical boundaries associated with cancer.  You can visit to learn more about the Kilimanjaro Expedition.

On December 4th, the documentary, “Conquering Kilimanjaro,” ( produced by Growing Bolder premiered in Orlando. This documentary follows 16 Cancer Survivors and community advocates while they attempt to climb Kilimanjaro. With a successful summit this really is a truly inspiring and touching documentary.  Earth Treks’ CEO Chris Warner and long time guide Nelson Laur, led this expedition, which placed 100% of the climbers on the summit.

Chris Warner and other guides will be leading the 3rd Survivor Summit Kili Climb for Livestrong in late January 2015.

Check out the story on the premier of Conquering Kilimanjaro in Orlando on Thursday, December 3, 2014 below…

Climbing at the Red River Gorge – by Jodye Boam

Recently a few Earth Treks Timonium and Earth Treks Golden staff got together and decided to head out for a climbing trip to the Red River Gorge.

Here is Jodye Boam’s blog about their trip! Enjoy the blog and amazing photos!

Climbing in Red River Gorge

by Jodye Boam, Earth Treks Timonium
Retail Assistant/Shift Supervisor

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Rainy is the first word I can think of to sum up our climbing trip to the Red River Gorge in October. But contrary to popular belief, rain does not ruin a climbing trip (condensation, on the other hand, is en entirely different beast). At least not with a crew as psyched as ours. Included in the line up were Earth Treks all-stars Matt and Charlotte Bosley, Mike Hauck, and myself, as well as Justin Smith, Sam Voso, and Adam Pettee.

Red River Gorge 2014 Earth Treks Staff 2

We all stayed in a cozy cabin that had a wonderful surprise in store for us. One particular night, while we were relaxing in the hot tub (!) it started to rain sideways. Booms of thunder were punctuated by screams of terror as we all sprinted into the safety of the cabin. To say we were surprised that it was just as wet inside as it was outside would be an understatement. Rain was pouring in through our (apparently unsealed) windows, soaking everything on the left side of the house. Don’t worry, though: when we called the cabin rental agency, they confirmed that it was, in fact, going to rain again the following day, and that they’d send up plenty of towels for us to clean up with.

Red River Gorge 2014 Earth Treks Staff 3

Weather aside, we had 10 full days ahead of us, and no set agenda. We took plenty of time to climb the classics, as well as explore routes we’d always swept past, and found some real gems along the way. Thank goodness for four wheel drive; most of our time was spent in the depths of PMRP, where, it seems, the climbing potential expands every time we return.


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Purgatory, home of the classics Lucifer 5.14c, as well as Paradise Lost 5.13a was one of the first destinations on our list. We found great warm-ups just around the corner. In perfectly pumpy Red River Gorge style, the holds were great and the angle was steep, which provided fun and interesting climbing for everyone. After a sufficient warm-up, Matt put in great work on Dracula ’04, being hindered not by the pump, but by that pesky condensation we talked about earlier. Meanwhile, Justin hopped on Paradise Lost, a project he had committed to on our last trip to the Red. After a few days of work, a break in the weather, and a send train led by none other and Anna Stohr, Justin was able to send!

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Running with the theme of hard sends, Mike found his project, Triple-Sec (aka 50 Bucks) 5.12d, at The Sanctuary in the always beautiful Muir Valley. Mike’s send of this seemingly blank face, sprinkled with a few crimps and pockets, leading to a crux, then to a no-hands-rest, followed by another crux, was truly inspiring.


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Another fine gem in PMRP was Random Precision, one of the few vertical climbs in the entire Red River Gorge. This was one of my absolute favorite climbs of the trip, and one I’d surely come back to again.


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Drive-By is another crag we found ourselves at time and again. With climbs like Breakfast Burrito, Fire and Brimstone, Naked Lunch, and Whip Stocking, lined up perfectly in a row, it was hard to stay away. After we had all tried nearly every classic moderate Drive-By had to offer, we made our way down the line and eventually came to the super-classic 5.14c Kaleidoscope. You know the saying: last go, best go. Matt punctuated the trip perfectly with a send on the very last day!