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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 24, 2015

The Alaska Range – Moose’s Tooth Expedition: Rugged. Vast. Magical.

This is the climb you’ve been training for.  We climb the classic Ham and Eggs Coulouir (V, 5.6, AI4) to the summit of one of the […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
June 5, 2014

No Belay Device? Use the Munter Hitch!

Dropped Belay Device? Use the Munter Hitch! If you’re a rock climber, chances are you’ve done some multi-pitch rock climbing or are at least thinking/planning to […]
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 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 […]
August 29, 2013

Guide Tip: Become the Best Belayer Ever

4 Easy to Follow Tips by Dawn Glanc AMGA Certified Rock & Alpine Guide So many times when we go climbing, the sole focus is on […]
July 1, 2013

More Info on the Telluride Via Ferrata

A Brief History and Essential Equipment Via Ferrata is the Italian name for what might fairly be called extreme hiking. First built in the Italian Dolomites […]
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 […]
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!  
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 […]
June 10, 2012

Fast and Light

Robert just came out and joined me in some Fast and Light climbing.  I had planned a standard solid itinerary but in quickly became apparent that […]
March 21, 2012

Training for the Himalayas Part 2

Julie is training to climb Nun and Kun in Kashmir this summer.  Julie came up to Durango and climbed with me in January during an Intro […]
October 20, 2011

Guided Climbing Threatened in our National Parks

In their October newletter, the AMGA highlights some of the issues (and what we as a climbing community can do about them), revolving around the attempt […]
September 24, 2011

Engaged in Climbing

Just got off a trip with fellow Michiganders Jen and Charlie.  They were on a two week trip to climb and check out locations in Ouray […]
September 4, 2011

Great Basins Combo

Gary had been into Chicago Basin back in the 70’s, and had left with unfinished business.  He had climbed Jupiter and Windom but bad weather denied […]
August 16, 2011

Moab, UT Rock Climbing Courses

New for the fall of 2011 is our 4 Day Desert Climbing Seminar.  The seminar adds 2 days to our popular 2 Day Indian Creek Crack […]
July 8, 2011

Tourists on the Tourist Route

Chris flew out from Chicago a week ago to do some cimbing in the Black Canyon. We had our eyes on a route called the Tourist […]