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February 26, 2011

The Healing Touch. Injury recovery and prevention the right way

As if we aren’t lucky enough here in Durango!  Already having access to some of the best backcountry skiing, ice climbing, rock climbing, alpine climbing, and […]
February 21, 2011

Ice Climbing in Silverton and Ouray.

Chris’s total domination of the ice continued last weekend with an ascent of Whore House Hoses and more sending at the Ouray Ice Park. First off […]
February 4, 2011

Introduction to Ice Climbing Ouray style.

Last weekend, Eric, Adam, and Morgan joined me for a two day introduction to ice climbing in beautiful Ouray, Colorado. Upon meeting in the morning on […]
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 10, 2010

Ecuador Volcanoes Trip Dispatch #3

Today we climbed Rumiñahui’s Central peak (15,203) to acclimatize further.  Starting at the beautiful Limiopungo lake, the climb took us roughly 4 hours to the summit […]
November 19, 2010

Winter Weather Forecast Update

Looks like winter is here to stay in the San Juans!  A powerful winter storm is set to impact the area starting this Saturday through the […]
November 18, 2010

Current Ski Conditions in the San Juans

Recently our head ski guide Andrew Klotz did some ski touring the in the San Juan high country to get a read on conditions and see […]
August 30, 2010

Wham Ridge, A Mountaineering Adventure

Another beautiful day in the San Juan mountains as Chris joined Ben and I for an ascent of Wham Ridge on Vestal peak. Day one consisted […]
June 26, 2010

Black Canyon Rock Climbing Fun

It was off the the Black Canyon to meet Chris for a weekend of slabs, splitters, and runout fun for Ben and I last weekend. Ben […]
May 13, 2010

Climbing in Moab Utah. Two days of Cracks, Faces, and Desert Spires.

A great weekend of fun in the sun as Chris, a frequent of the winter programs, met us in Moab Utah to warm up a bit.  […]
March 12, 2010

Durango, CO | Banff Mountain Film Festival

Join Colorado Wild, Pine Needle Mountaineering and Southwest Adventure Guides for the 2nd Annual Banff Mountain Film Festival In Durango, Colorado. When: Sunday, March 21 – […]
February 8, 2010

Latest Ski Videos from the San Juans

Check out these videos of backcountry skiing and avalanche coursework in the San Juans with our guides and instructors.  The footage is provided by our friends […]
February 5, 2010

Intro to winter mountaineering course

Though snow conditions were tough, Dana and I still had a great Introduction to winter mountaineering course this last weekend. Day one consisted of Dana slaying […]
February 2, 2010

Level 1 Avalanche Course in Durango and the San Juan Mountains

This last weekend’s Level 1 AIARE avalanche course was a huge success.  The recent storm that rocked Southwest Colorado and the San Juan Mountains left us […]
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.  […]
January 14, 2010

Ski Guide Training for Southwest Adventure Guides

The Southwest Adventure Guides ski posse had a great time exploring the skiing conditions in the alpine.  This was organized as an intentional opportunity to share […]
January 5, 2010

Level 1 AIARE Avalanche Course in Durango and the San Juans

Last week’s AIARE Level 1 Avalanche course was a huge success.  Four motivated individuals came out mid-week to improve their avalanche knowledge and skills.  There was […]
January 4, 2010

Intro to Ice Climbing and Winter Mountaineering Course

The end of the year brought snow, cold, and another successful winter mountaineering course in the beautiful San Juan Mountains of Colorado.  Six aspiring mountaineers from […]
December 23, 2009

Early Season Powder Skiing in the San Juan Mountains

A spell of high pressure in December means it’s time to get high in the back country.  Mark U. and I warmed up on the East […]
December 23, 2009

Another Major Winter Storm on Tap for the San Juans!

December has been a great month for snow, especially in the Southern San Juans between Coal Bank and Red Mountain Passes.  More great news for ski […]