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May 18, 2015

San Juan Mountain Series: Vestal Peak

For the next couple of weeks we will introduce to you some of the most legendary peaks of the Mighty San Juan Mountain Range. No two […]
March 16, 2015

Meet Your Guide For The Alpamayo Expedition (19,511 ft): Andres Marin

Andres grew up in Ibague, Colombia. His passion for guiding has allowed him to guide in all types of terrains, such as rock, alpine, skiing and […]
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 […]
September 23, 2014

How to Get Stoked-Part I: Waking Up

Stokin’ ain’t just for the fire and keeping your average stoke-level high ain’t easy. If it was easy to be stoked on everyday life as we […]
July 28, 2014

Meet Our Guide: Ryan Riggins

  Ryan Riggins is a Durango transplant, originally from Orinda, California. He came to Colorado chasing the “white surf” as he went from a the never-ending […]
July 15, 2014

Mt. Sneffels with Bill Grasse

San Juan Mountain Guide Bill Grasse captures the experience of summiting Mt. Sneffels with his client. Mt. Sneffels is located in the heart of the San […]
March 11, 2014

Rock & Ice Discovers the New Spots of Durango

    Chris Parker- Online Editor for Rock & Ice, visits his old stomping grounds of Durango, Colorado. Although things have changed, somethings have stayed the […]
September 10, 2013

Vestal Peak Video

Trailer Video Recently a few of us headed out into the Weminuche Wilderness for a climb of the inspiring Wham Ridge on Vestal Peak.  Vestal Peak […]
September 2, 2013

A Few Photos from a Weekend in the Mountains

Inspiration from Imagery Labor Day Weekend We’ve had a busy weekend here in the San Juans, with fantastic weather and plenty of summits throughout the range […]
June 30, 2013

Vestal Basin

As I was riding the coal powered steam train up to Elk Park I was checking the weather and it didn’t look good.  NOAA was predicting […]
June 24, 2013

Solitude East of the Vallecito

David and I left the Los Pinos trail head with food for ten days, not 100% sure where we were going.  We knew we wanted to […]
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 […]
August 11, 2011

5 Day Best of the Weminuche

The name of the trip claims a lot, but it’s truly nothing less then spectacular! Columbine Flowers We started off in Durango on the 150-year-old narrow […]
August 1, 2011


Durango locals, Alice and her son Paul S. along with Sean E. linked up with myself and fellow guide Ryan to hike into Vestal Basin for […]
August 1, 2011

SWAG's 'Have you camera ready' trip!

Becky and Dan came out from Missouri last week to join us for our ‘Best of The Weminuche’ backpacking trip. This trip takes on almost 30 […]
January 31, 2011

January Mountaineering- Perfect Conditions

Family and friends came together from all over the country to participate in one of SWAG’s winter mountaineering courses over the last weekend of January. We […]
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 […]