Perhaps you’ve heard about it. Maybe you’ve seen it. Now YOU can do it! Spend a night camping out on a sheer rock face hundreds of feet off the ground. Cliff Camping should be on every adventure seekers “Bucket” list!
Sleeping on a portaledge used to be reserved for ‘big-wall’ climbers with years of experience. Over many years KMAC guides, many of whom are elite big-wall climbers themselves, have helped create an experience that lets anyone experience this. But we didn’t just stop once we created an authentic big-wall experience, each year we have spent countless hours developing new techniques and equipment to make a night on the wall with KMAC the most memorable night of your life, with a night a big-wall climber could only dream of: steak dinner, wine, omelets and lattes for breakfast, all from your room-in-the-sky!
New for 2022 we have reduced the cost and time requirements! Instead of meeting in the morning and spending all day on the wall we will meet at 3 or 4pm and just do dinner, sunset, sleep, then breakfast and rappel home in the morning. For those wanting to add more adventures such as rock climbing or the via ferrata you can add them on to the day at 25% off of our normal cost.
The day will go like this: you will meet at KMAC’s office in the afternoon where we will all meet and get our equipment sorted. We will then drive for about 15 minutes to the trailhead and hike a pleasant mountain trail for about 30-45 minutes. This will bring us to the base of the Cliff Camp site. From here you will have choices, most choose to hike to the top and rappel (use a special device to slide down the rope) several hundred exciting feet down the cliff face to the portaledge. Another option is to climb up from the ground to the portaledge. Because potaledges need a vertical surface to set up on the climb up to it is relatively hard (5.8-5.9 at the easiest) so this isn’t for everyone. Finally, for the real big-wall experience you can choose to “jumar” up a fixed rope using ascenders, this is the most challenging and physical option for most people.
Once we are set up on the portaledge we will relax, make dinner and enjoy the sunset! The cliff faces West so it enjoys world class sunset viewing! For dinner we will blow you away with our vertical grill and world class food. Eventually, we will retire to our sleeping bags for a night you will never forget, sleeping among the stars. After a delicious breakfast the next morning we will rappel back to terra firma and return to the “real world.” We usually end up back at our office between 9 and 11am.
For the ultimate adventure check out the Cloud Ladder via ferrata or add a full day of via ferrata+climbing for enough time to do all of our via ferratas and rock climb some. There is an option in checkout to add these, or reach our for more info!
Celebrate a birthday from the portaledge. Or make a proposal. Be creative and make it the most unique experience that you’ll never forget! Don’t forget your camera and phone! A professional photographer is available to document this adventure for you. Contact us for more information.
1 to 4 people can go over night Cliff Camping. Offered June through September. While we encourage as much advanced notice as possible, it may be possible to book a cliff camp the day before departure.
KMAC provides all the food and gear. Participants need only provide personal clothing items.
“This was the best, most authentic guided adventure I have ever experienced.”
-David Ciani: General Manager Stanley Hotel, Estes Park CO.