My name is Greg German. I am an AMGA Certified Rock Instructor and Single Pitch Instructor
Why 'Eldo Prancer'?
Good question. My wife tells me I have an odd sense of humor.
I learned to climb in Eldorado Canyon State Park, and 'Eldo' is my favorite
climbing destination. It also has a reputation for a unique and funky
style of climbing. The term 'Eldo Prancer' is thrown around on the climbing
blogs (MountainProject, Supertopo, etc) as a demeaning reference to Eldo
climbers. The meaning is vague, but the gist is that the strange misfits
that frequent Eldo are somehow less manly than climbers elsewhere. (I think
that some folks are just jealous of what a great place Eldo is.) I'm not the
quintessential 'Eldo Prancer', but I'll wear the label for a laugh.
It's a name you'll remember.
What sort of climbing experience do I have?
I learned to climb after I joined the CMC (Colorado Mountain Club ) in
2001. I discovered that my 6'9" wingspan gave me a natural advantage.
I fell in love with the sport. From 2006 to 2010 I was the co-director,
then director of the CMC's Trad Lead Climbing School. I designed a curriculum
where students learn to build anchors and place lead climbing protection
on multi-pitch routes. I find teaching beginners to be very rewarding,
and I've been told that I am a very positive, encouraging, and patient man.
In 2008 I became an AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor, and in 2012
I became a Certified Rock Instructor.
I enjoy most types of technical rock climbing: trad, sport, aid, bouldering.
I've done a few big wall climbs in Zion and Yosemite.
Here is a two part video of me teaching climbing technique to some children at the CMC climbing wall.
Useful knots & skills-
Double loop 8
4 - 6
half day single pitch
full day single pitch
half day multi-pitch
full day multi-pitch
If you are a novice, you may need to rent some shoes from a local climbing shop in order to climb.
Shoes: Climbing shoes are a necessity. If you are trying out your first pair, go for comfort instead of a super-tight fit.
Chalk Bag:(optional, depending on how much your hands sweat)
Harness: I can supply a harness if you don't have one.
Belay Device: I can supply a belay device and locking carabiner.
Helmet: I can supply a helmet.
Other items to collect for a day of climbing:
hiking shoes: flip-flops are generally a bad idea. Teva® or Chaco®-style sandals can be ok if you are accustomed to hiking in them, but a good sturdy trail running shoe is better.
loose-fitting pants/shorts: You need good range of motion, so tight pants aren't a good idea. Short-shorts and harnesses are also a bad combination.
water bottle or Camelbak® You'll need one or two liters, minimum.
small backpack:For carrying a rain jacket or fleece, sunblock, snacks, camera, etc.
Post: Greg German
13289 Lost Lake Way
Broomfield, CO, 80020
Former Director, Denver Group CMC Trad Lead Climbing School
AMGA Certified Rock Instructor
AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor
Wilderness First Responder
2004 - Rewritten | Redgarden Wall | Eldo
2005 - Kiener's Route | RMNP
2006 - Petit Grepon | RMNP
2007 - Moonlight Buttress | Zion
2008 - Time Wave Zero | El Potrero Chico, MX
2009 - Salathe Wall | El Capitan | Yosemite
2010 - Serenity/Sons | Yosemite
2011 - Captain Beyond | Mickey Mouse | Eldo
2012 - Rainbow Highway | Black Wall | Mt.Evans
Mule Knot (untying)
One-handed* Clove hitch
One-handed technique for racking alpine slings
I operate within the Certified Guides Cooperative.
Contact me to get on the calendar and we will plan a CGC trip together.
Clients must read and sign the following Liability Waiver and Client Registration/Medical Forms: