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Ouray Ice Climber

San Juan Mountain Guides LLC (formerly Southwest Adventure Guides) has been conducting domestic and international trips and courses since 1986.  In the winter months we conduct avalanche courses, backcountry skiing, ski mountaineering, ice climbing, and winter mountaineering trips in Colorado and Wyoming, as well as international high altitude climbing expeditions in  Ecuador, and Argentina.  In the spring and summer months we conduct rock climbing, mountaineering, alpine climbing, ski mountaineering, and backpacking trips and courses in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and Washington as well as high altitude mountaineering expeditions and courses in Peru, and Alaska.

In the fall and spring we conduct rock climbing trips and courses in Moab/Castle Valley and Indian Creek, Utah, as well as alpine climbing and backcountry skiing trips and courses in the San Juan Mountains. We also offer custom trips and expeditions to destinations such as the Ruth Gorge in Alaska’s Denali National Park.

*If our scheduled climbs do not fit your needs, we can also schedule private dates to accommodate your schedule needs/requirements.

2014/15 Offerings

Silverton Ice

The vast majority of our Colorado guided trips and courses take place in the San Juan Mountains.

Ouray Ice Climbing Programs

  • Ouray Ice Climbing Courses (Intro, Intermediate, etc.)
  • Private Ice Guiding
  • Ouray Ice Festival Clinics
  • Kids Climbing College

Rock Climbing Programs

  • Rock Climbing Courses
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison
  • Durango & Ouray Rock Climbing
  • Family Programs

Alpine Climbing Programs

  • San Juan Classic Alpine Climbs
  • Winter Mountaineering Courses
  • Spring/Summer Alpine Courses
  • Private Alpine Guiding

Backcountry Skiing & Avalanche Courses

  • AIARE Avalanche Courses
  • Backcountry Skiing Courses
  • Ski Mountaineering Courses
  • Private Ski Guiding

Wilderness Backpacking

  • Weminuche Wilderness Backpacking Trips
  • Private Backpack Guiding

Ouray Canyoneering

  • Portland Creek
  • Oak Creek
  • ACA Tech Course
  • Family Programs

2014/15 Offerings


  • Denali’s West Rib
  • Alaska Mountaineering Seminar
  • Ruth Gorge Custom Alpine Climbing
  • Moose’s Tooth: Ham n’ Eggs
  • Mount Bona Expedition


  • Moab & Castle Valley Rock Climbing
  • Indian Creek Utah Rock Climbing


  • Mt Rainier
  • North Cascades

2014/15 Offerings


  • Ecuador’s Volcanoes
  • Cotopaxi Express & Chimborazo Extension


  • Alpamayo Expedition
  • Artesonraju Expedition

2014/15 Offerings

European Alps

  • Alps Classic Alpine Climbing
  • Dolomites Classic Rock & Alpine Climbing
  • Alps Ski Mountaineering
  • Italy Ski Hut Touring



  • Lofoten Ski Mountaineering


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