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February 16, 2015

The Perfect Pair: Pants for Ladies in the Back-Country

For most outdoor women, it is considered the Cinderella Story when we finally find the technical apparel that offers functionality without sacrificing the women’s fit that’s […]
February 13, 2015

Gear Review: OR Trailbreaker Pants

Gear Review: OR Trailbreaker Pants I’ve put in a solid season in the updated Trailbreaker pants, and they’ve become my go to ski pants, whether touring […]
June 5, 2014

Featured Guide: Dave Ahrens

Dave Ahrens AMGA Certified Rock & Alpine Guide Superior Guest Review of Dave: “Phenomenal, the trip was catered to our ability level, designed to challenge but stay […]
February 5, 2014

5 Reasons you should buy your Avy 1 course Instead of a Season Pass

If you are anything like me: mid-20s, student loans, car insurance, rent- the whole 9 yards, then you’ve encountered the same monstrosity- the price for an adult season pass. […]
February 1, 2014

Avalanche Skills for Skiers & Climbers Part 2

Digging a Test Pit We received over a foot of new snow over the range with some higher winds the last few days.  Winds and new […]
October 31, 2013

Backcountry Ski Repair Kit

Essential Equipment for Ski Touring An often overlooked, but critical piece of backcountry safety equipment, is your repair kit.  After blowing up a ski binding, try […]
October 22, 2013

Early Season Skiing in the San Juans is On!

With a couple of big storms in early October we have laid down a nice base for decent early season turns. I don’t feel like it […]
October 7, 2013

Layering for Backcountry Skiing

Clothing Systems for all Conditions As always, the gear your choose can make the difference in all the ways you envision as you’re planning your next […]
September 4, 2013

The Weminuche Ski Traverse

The Weminuche Ski Traverse Andrew Klotz  – AMGA Certified Ski Guide   On April 23rd of 2013 I set out with three friends to do a […]
March 28, 2013

Ski Mountaineering Guide Tip

Ski Mountaineering Guide Tip Andrew Klotz – AMGA Ski Guide Spring is here and the snow is stabilizing so it is time to hit the big […]
January 18, 2013


Seriously. I am not just trying to sell you a trip. I promise, I don’t teach avalanche courses for SJMG, but the folks who do will […]
January 8, 2013

San Juans alpine powder skiing-Trico Peak Summit

Trico Peak’s East ridge and SE Face. Our team climbed this ridge from Red Mountain Pass then into Mineral Basin under the south face and ascended […]
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!  
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 […]
December 3, 2011

Moab rock climbing; a year-round affair!

Winter?  What?  Whatever!  We’re going rock climbing! That’s right, Moab rock climbing can be enjoyed all year round.  Chris came last weekend for some tower and […]
August 22, 2011

Good Times in the Mountains

In celebration of fixing my computer, I am posting random pictures from this summers trips for your viewing pleasure. BG
August 1, 2011

8 day Leadership- Tour de San Juans

Father and son duo Tom and Morgan came out from North Carolina this mid July to test their knowledge against, and learn more in, Colorado’s San Juan […]
March 30, 2011

Hat Trick – Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, and Ice Climbing in One Weekend!

Chris joined us for a hat trick weekend this last weekend of mountaineering, rock climbing, and ice climbing. The weekend started out with a attempt at […]
March 13, 2011

Living The Dream, Another Great Weekend of Ice Climbing

Despite getting food poisoning from suspect airport food, Chris trooped through the weekend in style.   Back in Ouray, Chris was able to overcome and conquer getting […]
March 8, 2011

Ice Climbing: Getting Ready for Artesonraju

Allan joined me this past weekend to get some vertical ice climbing under his belt. Allan has climbed all over North and South America already, and […]