Dec 7

Can’t wait to ski this season? Us too! In order to hit the backcountry when the first flakes fall, now is the time to get your gear ready. Following is a list of items our guides carry in their packs on an average day of ski touring.



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Dec 4

Read our early winter newsletter for information about avalanche course specials, ice park giveaways, gear picks, current conditions, hut skiing, and other winter offerings.

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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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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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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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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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Feb 25

Our lead guide Matt Wade recently authored an informative and interesting blog post for our long-time supporters, Backcountry Access.  In the post, which follows the activities of a recent Peak Mountain Guides Level 2 Avalanche Course, Matt describes a process for managing avalanche risk in a complex snowpack.  Click the link below to read the story.

Managing Risk in a Complex Snowpack


Managing Risk in a Complex Snowpack














Jul 27

AMGA Certified Rock Guide Matt Wade describes how to use the BARK acronym to check your harness and tie-in point before climbing.

Feb 14

Have you ever screwed an ice screw just a bit too far and – bing! – you feel one of the teeth grate the rock below?  Ouch!  Any screw that has been damaged will become very difficult to place, sapping precious energy when you’re on a tough lead.  Fortunately, with a little handy work a damaged screw can be repaired.  Here is a video from our friends at Petzl that describes how to revive your dull ice screws into like-new condition.

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