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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

Southwest Ridge of Sneffels

Tim had climbed Mount Sneffels before via the standard route and was looking for a little more of a challenge.  The SW ridge is an amazing […]
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 […]
June 18, 2013

Summer Alpine Climbing: Speed = Safety

Moving Fast in the Alpine by Nate Disser – AMGA Rock & Alpine Guide Managing risk and objective hazard in alpine environments is clearly a top […]
June 17, 2013

Featured SJMG Guide: Bill Grasse

SJMG Guide Interview Bill Grasse – AMGA Certified Rock Guide The Featured Guide section is a new element of our newsletter and SJMG Blog intended to provide you […]
June 16, 2013

Portland Creek Canyon

Took a great newlywed couple from Tennessee down Portland Creek Canyon today. Starts just south of Ouray and you finish right in town.  Portland is a […]
March 7, 2013

Whorehouse Hoses

Lisa, Dale and I headed out to Eureaka yesterday and climbed the uber classic Whorehouse Hoses.  Lisa lead the first half of pitch one. (To be […]
February 10, 2013

Denver University

Every year Denver University’s Alpine Club takes a trip down to southwest Colorado to ice climb in Ouray and ski in Telluride.  This year the weather […]
February 6, 2013

Ice Park to the Backcountry

Mike just came out for a few days of ice climbing in Ouray.  We started out in the Ouray Ice Park and then headed out to […]
February 4, 2013

Learn to Lead Ice (Safer)

Here at SJMG we pride ourselves on having a pretty liberal policy towards teaching our guests to lead climb. Many self taught climbers falsely believe that you hire […]
January 25, 2013

Training for Mount Rainier’s Liberty Ridge

I had the pleasure of spending four days here in Ouray with Steve and Brad who are both preparing to climb Mount Rainier’s ultra classic Liberty […]
January 20, 2013

San Juan Skiing: Ski the Rockies

The avalanche hazard is fickle as ever in the San Juans.  However, for those who know where to look, there is terrific alpine and tree skiing […]
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 14, 2013

The Best of the Best in Moab – Oct. 2012

October is a great time to climb in the Moab area.  The weather is generally good and the temps are perfect.  Unfortunately most of Colorado also […]
January 14, 2013

San Juan Winter Mountaineering

Scott and Mark came out to Ouray for and intro to winter mountaineering. A day of learning to ice climb in the Ouray Ice Park. A […]
January 13, 2013

Ouray Ice Fest Backcountry

For many people the Ouray Ice Park and front country ice climbing is the extent of their ice climbing horizons. However, for the first time this […]
January 9, 2013

Ouray Ice Festival

It is like the town is holding its breath tonight. We are anticipating tons of ice climbers from all over the country to come revel in […]
January 5, 2013

Kids Ice Climbing!

   Ice Climbing is for everyone!  We are having a blast with kids of all ages at the Ouray Ice Park Kids Wall.  San Juan Mountain […]
January 2, 2013

Intro to Winter Mountaineering

The Intro to Winter Mountaineering Course is a 4 day trip that strives to give you a solid overview of many of the different aspects of […]
January 1, 2013

Ouray Highway 550: Kennedy’s Gulley

Get it while it is hot, or cold as the case may be! Cold enough for Kennedy’s Gully to come in. This is one of the […]