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4-day Intro to Alpine Climbing Course
Learn Alpine Climbing Skills with an AMGA Certified Guide

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Program details

Location:  Northern San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Dates:           May 26-29, 2017    

June 2-5, 2017

June 9-12, 2017

Custom dates available upon request

Cost:  $839.00 per person

Cost includes: 4 days of instruction and guiding with an AMGA certified guide; group equipment including tents, stoves, cooking pots, fuel, ropes, and hardware; and climbing gear including ice axe, crampons, harness, helmet, sticky rubber rock climbing shoes, belay device, and carabiners.

Cost does not include: transportation, travel insurance, personal insurance, food, and personal clothing and equipment for alpine climbing (see equipment list below).

Prerequisites: Previous backpacking and camping experience required.

Client to guide ratio: Maximum of 3 clients and 1 guide.



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"You guys at Peak Mountain Guides have tremendous attention to detail and planning, and your expertise and camaraderie is inspiring from planning stages to completion. Thanks."
Eric F.

Bethany, CT



"Just a quick line to thank you for a great four days of top-notch classes. Our guide Jim was very patient and knowledgeable, and I feel like my skills have reached a new level that will help me achieve more exciting goals in climbing."

Ernesto S.

Intro to Alpine Climbing Course June 2013

Learn Fundamental Skills for Alpine Climbing
Our Intro to Alpine Climbing Course will introduce you to fundamental mountaineering skills for climbing on rock, snow, and ice.  The first day of the course is dedicated to rock climbing and includes an introduction to technical rock climbing movement, belaying and rappelling, and anchor building with artificial climbing protection.  The remaining three days of the course are spent in the heart of the Sneffels Range to learn mountaineering skills including self arrest and ice axe use, french technique crampon use, anchor building on snow and rock, techniques for steep snow and ice climbing, wilderness navigation and route planning, rope-team travel, crevasse rescue, and techniques for building safe and secure alpine camps.  On the last day of the course participants have the chance to apply their new skills during a summit climb of 14,150' Mt. Sneffels via a technical mountaineering route.

Taught by an AMGA Certified Guide
All of our instructors are certified by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) as rock guides and/or alpine guides. We are the only guide service in the region that guarantees you will climb with an AMGA certified guide. These highly regarded instructors have the skill and experience to provide you with a thorough introduction to alpine climbing while effectively managing risk and having fun! After being trained by our top-notch guides you will be on your way to a lifetime of safe and enjoyable alpine climbing. 

Equipment Included Free of Charge
We provide climbing and camping equipment free of charge when you climb with us. You will get to use top-of-the-line ice axes, crampons, ropes, carabiners, harness, and helmet made by Petzl.  Camping equipment includes specialized mountaineering tents made by Black Diamond and stoves and pots made by Mountain Safety Research. 


*The Peak Mountain Guides Introduction to Alpine Climbing Course is located on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests under priority use permit from the Forest Service, USDA. Peak Mountain Guides is an equal opportunity service provider.*

AMGA Certification
Peak Mountain Guides staff members Angela Hawse, Geoff Unger, and Tim Brown are AMGA certified American Mountain Guides and IFMGA internationally licensed guides.

Peak Mountain Guides LLC | 280 7th Avenue | PO Box 1025 | Ouray, CO 81427 | 970-325-7342 |

IFMGA internationally licensed guides