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Meet Kevin Capps of Denver Mountain Guiding in Golden

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kevin Capps.

Kevin, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My whole life I have always been attracted to activities that improved my health in a sustainable way. Rock climbing became one of those activities for me as a teenager, then became a lifestyle in college. I started Denver Mountain Guiding in 2010 with the goal of sharing climbing with people in a fun and safe environment, with a guide.

There are so many people that say, “I would love to try that, but I don’t know how to start.” Having a guide is the perfect way to get into climbing safely. I love being my own boss too, and now with eight employees, it has given me the freedom to work as hard as I want to grow the business and enjoy the rewards of my hard work. I thrive on giving my clients amazing experiences in the mountains.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Starting a new business is always faced with many challenges, and I think our biggest challenge as a local climbing guide service was gaining the trust of the local climbing community. Coming into Denver as a college grad and starting a guide service, I wanted to be accepted as a member of the community. To gain the trust of the climbing community, it was going to be a challenge. It was really important to me and still is, to give back to the climbing and mountain community so that I not only gained the trust of my clients when we bring them climbing but also the local climbing community members so that we felt welcome when climbing alongside them at the cliff. I have done this by developing new routes for people to climb on, over 100 routes at the moment, by authoring the newest climbing guidebook to Clear Creek Canyon so people can find the climbs in the canyon, and I also have joined local non-profit organizations such as the Boulder Climbing Community to help replace hardware that we climb on. For the past nine years, I have tried to be the best member of the community that I can be, and I can tell that has crossed over to not only more opportunities for my business, but also gained the trust of the local community.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Denver Mountain Guiding story. Tell us more about the business.
We lead rock and ice climbing trips in the Denver Area. Whether you are a beginner looking to start out, a kid looking to crush the rock, or an experienced climber looking for the next level of instruction, we will bring you climbing. We have experience with just about every type of person and climber there is out there. We specialize in private instruction with low instructor to client ratios for a more personal experience. As a company, we care about each and every one of our clients and pride ourselves in delivering the best experience to each client. Some clients that I have been taking out for years have turned into good friends, and we now just go climbing together as equals. I think it’s amazing to watch people progress in an activity over a long period of time; you gain a deeper relationship with someone than most other things.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I have had a string of good and bad luck over the years, but starting out I had some good luck. In 2011, companies like Groupon were the next big thing and everyone was following the activities that were being posted on there to buy their discounts. I barely had any clients my first few months, and then we decided to post on Groupon where over 400 vouchers were purchased for a couple of different deals. It was a wonderful way to dive head first into the industry. I learned a lot about what I could handle, and also decided I needed to hire some help as well that summer. Fast forward to today, there are more and more climbing gyms opening up each year than ever before and climbing is becoming more mainstream with its debut in the 2020 Olympics. Being a climbing guide is a great place to be right now! While luck is important in a business, I believe that if I continue to do the right thing and work hard then great things will continue to happen!

Pricing:

  • 2 Hours of Privately Guided Climbing $110
  • 2 Hours of Privately Guided Climbing for 2 people $70/person
  • 4 Hours of Privately Guided Climbing for 2 People $100/person, for 4 People $60/person

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