Feb 19

With the Ice Park closed, we have been getting lots of calls about the condition of the backcountry. As of this writing, February 20th, almost all of the backcountry areas are in great shape and getting climbed regularly. Here are some recent photos that show the current conditions:

Chockstone Chimney (at the Skylight Area) on February 12th. This route is still in good shape as of February 20th.























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Jan 22

Here are a few photos from some of our adventures this winter:

A group of skiers on a backcountry skiing trip to the North Pole Hut. They enjoyed great skiing in the open Aspen glades near the hut.














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Dec 2

The 2016-2017 ice climbing season in Southwest Colorado is off to a great start. As of this writing, almost all routes in Silverton and South Mineral Creek are in condition and getting climbed. Check out the attached photos for more info.

Stairway to Heaven on December 4, 2016.






















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Jul 1

The summer season in the San Juan Mountains is in full swing. The flowers are blooming, rock climbing is at its best, and the alpine peaks are in full splendor. The photos below are from a few of our recent trips this summer.

Steven Sneffels

Heading up the lavender couloir towards the summit of Mt. Sneffels (14,150).






















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Jun 25

Is your dirty rope getting you down? Here are some tips to clean and care for your rope to keep it in great shape.

dirty hands

Dirty hands are a sure sign of a dirty rope.












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Jun 15

Mt. Sneffels is the most sought after 14’er in the Northern San Juan Range, and for good reason.  The standard Lavender Couloir Route has quality climbing, a relatively short approach, and fantastic views throughout the climb.  But don’t be lured by the siren song of this great mountain without adequate preparation.  Read on to get our top five tips for a successful climb of Mt. Sneffels.

Climbing steep snow in the Lavender Couloir.

Climbing steep snow in the Lavender Couloir on 7/14/16.














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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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Jul 16

Mt. Sneffels is one of the most sought after “14’ers” in Colorado.  It offers rewarding climbing and the 14,150′ summit sits proudly above the surrounding peaks in the range.  With training and proper preparation, beginning mountaineers can climb Mt. Sneffels in a single day via the Lavender Col route or the Southwest Ridge route.  To help you find success on your next climb of Mt. Sneffels, check out our list of guide tips below.

Mt. Sneffels Summit





















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Jul 11

The snow is almost entirely melted from the high country and the wildflowers are in full bloom.  It is a beautiful time of year to climb a classic 14’er in Colorado!  Guide Gary Ryan and client Lynn Bailey just returned home from an ascent of the Southeast Ridge of 14,015′ Wetterhorn Peak.  This is a beginner level route with a bit of scrambling and it reaches an unforgettable high summit.  Here are some photos from their trip:

Gary and Lynn are happy mountaineers on the summit of 14,015′ Wetterhorn Peak.

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Nov 28

We just received word from the National Park Service that we have been awarded a permit to offer a six day mountaineering school and summit climb on Mt. Rainier in 2012!  There is a great deal of competition for these permits so we are very pleased to have been selected for the third year in a row! Our trip will take place July 15-20 and we’ll provide instruction in basic mountaineering skills while making an ascent of the Disappointment Cleaver route.  Our group will be limited to just 4 clients in order to provide in-depth instruction and to maximize our chance of success on the summit attempt.  You can learn more on our website or feel free to call us at 970-318-1011 for more information.


A beautiful sunrise greets climbers during an ascent of Mt. Rainier.


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