Aug 22

It has been an exciting and adventurous summer of climbing at Peak Mountain Guides.  We have introduced kids and families to rock climbing on our local crags, guided advanced climbers on multi-pitch routes in the Black Canyon, and reached the summit of classic Colorado 14’ers including Mt. Sneffels and Wetterhorn Peak.  Following are a few snapshots from our most recent climbing adventures:


It has been a great summer of climbing at Peak Mountain Guides!
























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May 7

The Snake Couloir is one of the most sought after ski descents in the San Juans.  It will test your mettle for steep skiing, climbing, altitude, and ropework – and will reward you with a beautiful line through a tight couloir followed by a vast, wide open bowl below.  If you’re ready to expand your ski mountaineering skills and push your skiing to new levels, the Snake Couloir is for you.  We offer guided descents of the Snake Couloir throughout the spring season.

The elevator shaft crux of the Snake Couloir.

The elevator shaft crux of the Snake Couloir.


















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Apr 18

Following is a trip report from our 2014 Alaska Ski Mountaineering Course.  The participants – Chris, JP, Zack, & Chelsea – accomplished numerous high level ski tours while learning the ropes of ski mountaineering.  By the end of the week, they were using their new skills to lead the group through steep, complex climbs and descents in the heart of the Chugach Range near Valdez, Alaska.

Riding the Cracked Ice Glacier with Python Peak looming in the background. Alaska Ski Mountaineering Course 2014.























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Mar 25

See what’s going on at Peak this spring and summer!  Marmot has become the official clothing sponsor of our guides, we have exciting ski mountaineering courses in the San Juans on the horizon, rock climbing season is off and running in Moab, and we’ve got a fresh new gear review of the Marmot Scree Pant.

Spring 2014 Newsletter

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Mar 7
Marmot Isotherm Hoody Review
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Our guides are wearing the Marmot Isotherm Hoody as their main piece of outerwear this winter.  We couldn’t be more pleased!  The Marmot Isotherm Hoody is filled with Polartec Alpha Pro insulation and topped with a Pertex Shell, making for a stormproof jacket that is warm, lightweight, and incredibly breathable.  We have found this piece to be absolutely perfect for high output, cold weather activities like backcountry skiing and ice climbing.  In the video below, Matt Wade reviews the Marmot Isotherm Hoody.

 Marmot Isotherm Hoody Review














Jan 29

Peak Mountain Guides very own Gary Ryan will be presenting a slide show of his adventures in the San Juan Mountains at the Ouray Brewery on Wednesday, January 29th at 7:00 PM.  Proceeds go to benefit the Ouray/Ridgway High School Climbing Team, Ouray Mountain Rescue Team, and the Ouray School 8th Grade Class Trip.  Join us to support these special local groups in an evening of fun, adventure, and inspiration.

Gary Ryan Benefit Presentation at Ouray Brewery



























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Jan 15

We are pleased to announce an exciting expansion that is underway at Peak Mountain Guides.  We recently acquired the Ouray based outfitter, Ouray Ice Climbing Guides, doubling our operating area throughout the San Juan Mountains.  As we move into 2014, we will be offering new ice climbing and backcountry skiing trips in Silverton and Telluride in addition to our programs in Ouray.  The official press release is included below.

Ice climbing in Silverton's Eureka Canyon.

Ice climbing in Silverton’s Eureka Canyon.

















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Jan 7

We just completed our first OPUS Hut trip of the season and it was a terrific success.  This fantastic alpine lodge offers high quality skiing, fully catered meals, and a charming atmosphere that is akin to the European hut tradition.  Guide Gary Ryan and client Larry Hall skied nearly 15,000′ vertical feet of powder over three days while enjoying the comforts of this quaint alpine lodge.

Some of the high quality ski terrain near the OPUS Hut.

The OPUS Hut offers high quality ski terrain in an incredible setting.

















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Nov 25

We are now accepting registrations for our 2014 climb of Mt. Rainier.  We will be climbing the Disappointment Cleaver Route as a small team on July 14-18, 2014.  The program emphasizes skill development and includes in-depth instruction in mountaineering skills.  For more information, visit our Mt. Rainier webpage or contact us at or 970-325-7342.

Climbing the Disappointment Cleaver Route on Mt. Rainier.

Climbing the Disappointment Cleaver Route on Mt. Rainier.

















Nov 14
Ice Climbing Campground Couloir
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Early season ice climbing is in full swing in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.  If you’re itching to get out and experience the great early season ice climbing, but you’re feeling a bit rusty after a summer away from your tools, you might consider climbing the Campground Couloir in South Mineral Creek.  This classic route has a short approach, three pitches of enjoyable WI3 climbing, and fixed anchors for an easy descent.  Read on to get more beta on this great early season ice climb.

Pitch 1 of the Campground Couloir.

Pitch 1 of the Campground Couloir.





















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All Peak Mountain Guides staff are certified by the American Mountain Guides Association as Rock Guides, Alpine Guides, or Ski Mountaineering Guides.
Peak Mountain Guides staff members Angela Hawse, Geoff Unger, and Tim Brown are IFMGA internationally licensed guides.

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