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December 26, 2012

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from the crew at San Juan Mountain Guides. May your new year be full of hero-ice, blower-powder, and splitter hand cracks!  
December 22, 2012

Ouray Ice Park Opening Day

Ice Park opening day is always has a festive feel to it. There isn’t really any official fanfare but climbers from all over the state show […]
December 22, 2012

Ouray Backcountry Ice Climbing Tour

I spent the last four days climbing with Rob from NY. Despite some difficulties from the weather and high avalanche danger in many places, we managed […]
December 7, 2012

Out of the Mainline, Fall Creek Drainage, Camp Bird Road

Recently, I took great pleasure in climbing “Out of the Mainline,” a unique flow that forms in the Fall Creek drainage.   This ice climb rarely gets […]
November 16, 2012

San Juan Ice Conditions Nov. 16, 2012

San Juan Ice Conditions Report November 16, 2012 It’s that time of year – ice season in the San Juans has arrived.  A few of us […]
November 15, 2012

2013 Ouray Ice Festival Clinics On Sale!

2013 Ouray Ice Festival Clinics Available for Purchase! The Ouray Ice Festival Clinics are now available for purchase.  Click on this link to go to the […]
August 26, 2012

The Bruce Traverse

David did a big traverse with us in the Weminuche a month ago and decided he needed some more.  For round two we decided to go […]
August 10, 2012

Best of the Weminuche Wilderness

Kevin, Larry and Jerry all came to do a backpacking trip dubbed the ‘Best of the Weminuche’.  I have spent a lot of time in the […]
July 27, 2012

Weminuche Traverse

David has been hiking in the Weminuche for years.  In fact this was his 9th trip to the area. Day 1: David and I got dropped […]
July 4, 2012

Alpine Leadership

Andy and Scott recently joined me on an 8 day Alpine Leadership course. Day 1:  We started out at X-rock where we rock climbed in addition […]
June 10, 2012

Fast and Light

Robert just came out and joined me in some Fast and Light climbing.  I had planned a standard solid itinerary but in quickly became apparent that […]
April 12, 2012

Snowdon West Buttress

Keith had climbed Snowdon multipule times but had never been up the West Buttress or down the Northwest Ridge.  We decided to make a day of […]
March 21, 2012

Training for the Himalayas Part 2

Julie is training to climb Nun and Kun in Kashmir this summer.  Julie came up to Durango and climbed with me in January during an Intro […]
March 11, 2012

Intro to Mountaineering

Erin came down from Boulder to learn some skills and gain some experience in the world of winter mountaineering.  Since it was only her we tweeked […]
March 11, 2012

Ice Climbing in Cody, WY

I picked up Chris at the airport in Cody on Wednesday night.  On Thursday morning we were climbing ice in South Fork, which is a mecca […]
February 22, 2012

AIARE Level 1 Avy Course

Over Presidents day weekend we had a great group of people attend an Avy 1 Course.  Below are some photos from the last day of the […]
January 28, 2012

Ouray Ice!

Alex, Michael, and Scott all flew out for 4 days of ice climbing in Ouray, Colorado. On day 1 we went to the Ice Park.  We […]
January 19, 2012

A picture is worth 5897 meters.

January 16, 2012

Ecuador Update January 15

The team has been doing great and are through the first stretch of their acclimatization rotation and are now headed to the Jose Rivas hut on […]
January 11, 2012

Team Getting Ready for Ecuador's Volcanoes

We are getting set for a 12 day Cotopaxi and Chimborazo climb with a group of 10, and the guides are in Quito, Ecuador making final […]