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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Dec 1

The Ouray Ice Park is off to a great start for the 2016-2017 winter season. Read on for an update on current conditions as of December 1, 2016.


The South Park area on December 1, 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.

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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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Jun 1
New! Canyoning in Ouray
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New for 2016, we will be offering half-day and full-day guided canyoning adventures. Join us for a fun-filled, wet and wild adventure that is perfect for the whole family.  Hike past dazzling rock formations, wade through crystal clear pools, and rappel down splashy waterfalls in an experience you will treasure for years to come.
















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May 2

As cell phones grow more powerful with integrated GPS receivers, stronger antennae, and a myriad of useful applications, they are becoming a staple in the packs and pockets of outdoor enthusiasts.  The following 3 apps are some of our favorites that we use in the backcountry on a regular basis.

Topo Maps App























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Apr 27
Spring 2016 Newsletter
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With the spring season in full gear and summer just around the corner, we are excited to release the newest edition of our newsletter.  Click the image below to read about the incredible spring skiing season that we are experiencing, new canyoneering programs, and a diversity of rock and mountain climbing opportunities available this summer.

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Mar 27

Spring skiing is in full swing on Red Mountain Pass, although not in the traditional sense of hot days, slushy snow, and swimsuits.  A series of powerful spring storms have buffeted the range in the last two weeks, bringing almost two feet of snow and incredible powder skiing conditions.

Spring Powder Skiing on Red Mountain Pass.

Spring Powder Skiing on Red Mountain Pass. Photo courtesy Jayson Simons Jones.


















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Feb 17

One of the most common equipment failures in the backcountry is a broken ski pole.  Learn how to carry out a quick repair of a broken pole using simple tools and a lightweight repair kit.  Click below to read more.

A repaired ski pole keeps the fun going.

A repaired ski pole keeps the fun going.























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