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December 31, 2010

Updated Mountain Conditions in the San Juans

It’s been awhile since we last updated the Blog, but that’s only because we’ve been incredibly busy in the last few weeks with mountaineering courses, ice […]
December 13, 2010

Ecuador Volacnoes Dispatch #4

Dispatch from Gary Falk about their recent successful ascent of Cotopaxi.  More pictures to follow shortly! We put six out of eight climbers on the 19,347 […]
December 7, 2010

Ecuador Volcanoes Trip Dispatches #2

We climbed Pasochoa today, topping out at about 13,500ft. It is a beautiful hike beginning on a dairy farm, where we chatted with the owner who […]
December 7, 2010

Ecuador Volcanoes Trip Dispatch #1

Our first day in Ecuador was spent walking around its capitol city Quito. In our last trip, we loved to stay in cause our Borneo Lodge, […]
December 5, 2010

Bird Brain Boulevard

Saturday we decided to take the tools for a walk on Bird Brain Boulevard up in Skylight just outside Ouray, CO. As the first rays of […]
November 25, 2010

Eureka Ice Conditions

On Thanksgiving Day we decided to go up to Eureka and get a quick session on Whorehouse Hose and checkout the conditions in the rest of […]
November 21, 2010

Current Ice Conditions in the San Juans

Ice conditions for the 2010/11 winter are shaping up pretty good so far. On Saturday 11/20/10 we went up to South Mineral Creek outside of Silverton […]
August 18, 2010

10 Days in the Weminuche Wilderness

Earlier this summer we did an amazing 10 Day climbing trip in the Weminuche Wilderness.  During the course of the trip we climbed Centennial 13’ers Vestal […]
August 16, 2010

Jagged Peak

Here are some photos from a great trip with Del and Marcus into Noname Basin to climb Jagged Peak. This is our camp at 11,400′ in […]
August 15, 2010

Light and Fast on Vestal

Just got back from a Light and Fast Alpine Course in Vestal Basin.  It was a great trip with perfect weather, and fun people. Mike and […]
August 9, 2010

Alpamayo via the French Direct

Earlier this summer Erik Weihenmayer climbed Alpamayo via the French Direct in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca with us and Southwest Adventure Guide Rodrigo Callupe.  It was the […]
June 6, 2010

SWAG/IMG Mt. Bona Expedition Part 2

Nate left off with the team about to carry up to camp 2. May 28-Instead of making two carries to camp 2 as we did to […]
May 28, 2010

Alpamayo Expedition Getting Ready

We are about to launch our first Peru trip of the year, with a climb of Alpamayo’s French Direct.  Joining us this year will be Erik […]
May 28, 2010

SWAG/IMG Mt. Bona Expedition

This year we have joined forces again with International Mountain Guides (IMG) to offer the Mt. Bona Expedition in the Wrangell St. Elias National Park.  The […]
May 10, 2010

Snowdon Denali Prep. Course

Chris is signed up for an expedition to climb Denali in July this summer with Mountain Trip.  So he brought his family of seasoned mountaineers along […]
May 1, 2010

Snowdon Peak under winter conditions

Southwest Colorado’s combined cold spring and overall great snowpack during the 09/2010 winter have created long-lasting winter conditions in the high country. John flew in from […]
March 26, 2010

Denali Prep. Course

We had a great Denali Prep. Course last week with two really fun participants, Sergey and Edie. The course took place at the foot of Snowdon […]
January 14, 2010

Level 1 AIARE Avalanche Course in the San Juan Mountains – Take Three

Last weekend’s Level 1 Avalanche course was a huge success.  We had numerous folks from around the four corners come for three days of avalanche education.  […]
December 7, 2009

SWAG Guide Meeting – Eye of the Storm

We all gathered at the office today to discuss training dates and refine skills prior to the start of another busy winter season of guiding in […]
October 16, 2009

Video of AMGA Alpine Guides Exam

This video was put together by Martin Volken, one of the examiners for our Alpine Exam, and it highlights the process of becoming a Certified Alpine […]