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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 […]
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 9, 2014

Classic Couloirs: Gilpin Peak

Classic Couloirs of the San Juans Gilpin Peak’s North Face Couloir The San Juan Mountains are blessed with a lifetime’s worth of climbing and mountaineering challenges […]
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 […]
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. […]
September 27, 2013

Mountain Conditions Update

Current Snow Levels in the San Juans A few of us have been out and about in the San Juan Mountains during the last week – […]
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 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 […]
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 19, 2013

Wilson Peak, Chicago Basin, and Noname Basin

The last couple weeks have flown by!  Here are some of the highlights… Shawn, Nick and I climbed Sunlight(14,059′) and Windom(14,082′) in Chicago Basin. I met […]
July 26, 2013

Midwestern Motivation

Its not super common that we hike into Vestal Basin from Molas Pass.  We usually take the train which cuts off about 6 miles round trip […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
April 12, 2012

Snowdon West Buttress

Keith had climbed Snowdon multipule times but had never been up the West Buttress or down the Northwest Ridge.  We decided to make a day of […]
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 […]