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San Juan Summit Climbs
Climb a Colorado 14'er!

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Program details

Location:  Northern San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Dates:  May - October 2017


Cost for single day programs:          

1 person: $379.00
2 people: $269.00 per person
3 people: $199.00 per person
4 people: $169.00 per person

Cost for multi-day programs:          

1 person: $399.00/day
2 people: $299.00 per person/day
3 people: $229.00 per person/day
4 people: $189.00 per person/day

Cost includes: AMGA certified instructor/guide; personal climbing gear such as ice axe, crampons, harness, helmet, rock climbing shoes, belay device, and carabiners; and group gear such as ropes and hardware. 

Cost does not include: Transportation, food, travel insurance, personal insurance, and personal clothing and equipment for alpine climbing (see equipment list below). For overnight trips, camping equipment such as tents, stoves, and cooking pots, are available for rent from our shop.

Prerequisites: Previous hiking experience is required.

Client to guide ratio: Maximum of 3:1 for technical routes and maximum of 5:1 for non-technical routes.



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"Thank you for sending the pictures from our guided climb of Mt. Sneffels.  We really enjoyed our guide, Gary, and felt that he made all the difference in our success.  We are already talking about doing another climb!  Thanks again."

Jane L.

Mt. Sneffels Climb July 2013

"Thomas and I had an absolute blast on our climbing day!  Our guide was fantastic and he went above and beyond our expectations on a day when the weather was conspiring against us.  We look forward to climbing with you again in the future."

Caroline L.

Mt. Sneffels Climb September 2013


Mt. Sneffels, 14,150'
We offer guided climbs of Mt. Sneffels throughout the spring, summer, and fall.  It can be climbed by the standard Lavender Col route in a single day, making it a perfect 14'er for families and beginning mountaineers with previous hiking experience.  More experienced climbers will enjoy the excitement of climbing the Snake Couloir route, a classic 55 degree snow/ice couloir with a final 100' pitch of low-5th class rock to the summit.

Wilson Peak, 14,017'

World renowned as the inspiration for the image on the Coors beer label, Wilson Peak carries a reputation for being beautiful, rugged, and immensely picturesque.  It is also a stunning peak to climb.  The classic Southwest Ridge Route offers high quality, moderate scrambling that is perfect for beginner and intermediate level climbers.  Wilson peak can be climbed in one long day but many will choose to do it as a two-day climb with a camp in beautiful Bilk Basin.  

Gilpin Peak, 13,694'
Gilpin Peak sits across from Mt. Sneffels and can be climbed in a single day from Ouray.  We commonly climb the North Couloir, a steep and sustained 45 degree snow/ice couloir that offers a good
challenge for experienced climbers.  This climb can also be paired with a climb of Mt. Sneffels for a nice 2-3 day outing with a camp in beautiful Yankee Boy Basin.

Teakettle Mountain, 13,819'

Teakettle Mountain is named for the very distinctive summit block that forms a perfectly round handle on one side and a spout on the other.  Not only is the peak unique and interesting in this regard, it also has a great climbing route that leads through beautiful alpine meadows and onto an exciting summit with a short bit of 5.4 rock climbing.  

Wetterhorn Peak, 14,015'
Wetterhorn Peak is one of Colorado's classic 14'ers.  It can be climbed in one very long day but most people will choose to do it as a two day outing with a camp in beautiful Wetterhorn Basin.  We commonly climb the Southeast Ridge route which follows a moderate ridge to a final 200' headwall of 3rd class climbing.  The small summit offers 360 degree views of the Uncompahgre Wilderness.  This climb is suitable for beginning mountaineers.

Coxcomb Peak, 13,656'
From a distance Coxcomb Peak looks like an imposing castle on a high alpine ridge. At the far edge of it's blocky summit there is a classic rock climb, the Southwest Chimney (II 5.6).  This chimney is climbed to an exposed summit ridge that is followed to the summit.  Along the ridge a broad gap presents a unique climbing challenge before the summit is reached.  This peak can be climbed in one long day or as an overnight outing with a nice camp in Wetterhorn Basin.  For a three day outing it can be paired with an ascent of nearby Wetterhorn Peak (14,015').  

Uncompahgre Peak, 14,314'
Uncompahgre Peak is the highest mountain on Colorado's Western Slope and it is the 6th highest peak in Colorado. The standard East Slopes route is suitable for families and beginning mountaineers who have previous backpacking experience.  We approach this climb using the Middle Fork of the Cimarron River Trail to create a 2-3 day backpacking and climbing outing.  The upper middle fork basin is truly stunning and the culminating ascent of Uncompahgre Peak tops off this memorable trip. 

Wildhorse Peak, 13,266'
Wildhorse Peak appears as an solitary pyramid amidst the vast alpine plateau of the Southern Uncompahgre Wilderness. It has a moderate rock ridge that is suitable for families and beginning mountaineers who have previous backpacking experience. We approach this using the Bear Creek Trail to create a 2-3 day backpacking and climbing outing.  The campsite on the high plateau below the peak offers incredible long views across the vast Uncompahgre Wilderness. 


*Peak Mountain Guides' San Juan Summit Climbs are 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 |

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