Front Range Mountain Guides of Colorado

Summer Mountaineering
Ascents in Colorado

Where : Within a 2 hour drive from Denver
Length : 1 Full Day
When : May - September. Any day of the week.
Max Climbers : Up to 5
Cost : $ 195 ea. / $ 295 Private

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Colorado is blessed with literally thousands of mountains from 12,000' to over 14,000' in elevation which can be climbed from their trailhead in one to two days time using only general mountaineering skills. The term “general mountaineering” refers to any mountain climbing that doesn’t require technical climbing techniques, ropes or special climbing skills to reach the summit. This can be on dry ground with hiking trails leading to the summit, may include sections requiring slight scrambling to proceed up, or a possibly a lower-angled snowfield to hike up on the way to the summit.

We offer guided summer ascents on these types of mountains for individuals who do not feel comfortable setting off by themselves in the mountain environment, but nonetheless wish to reach the top of a Colorado peak experiencing the unique rewards this provides them. All we require from participants is they be in good aerobic conditioning and have the desire.

Typically, we like people coming from out of state to be here at least 48 hours before climbing one of these peaks with us so they are a bit acclimated and rested from their travel. Often people will take shorter hikes around the Boulder area a day or two before the climb to help acclimate.

After you contact us with your chosen climbing date, along with a $50 deposit per person and the sign up waiver, we will reply to confirm the receipt of your deposit and sign up waiver, and send you info on when and where to meet us on the day we will climb. Be prepared to give us your shoe size if you intend to rent Boots. We meet very early, usually around 5:30 or 6am during the summer months. We want to be on the summits of these peaks before summer thunderstorms build and lightning becomes an issue.

After a brief gear and clothing check, we head off for our peak. Generally, the approach hike, climb, and return trip to the trailhead takes 6-9 hours.

Since these climbs are not technical in nature, no special gear is required other than proper footwear, a small backpack, and appropriate clothing as outlined in the Gear list linked to above. Please pay careful attention to all the items listed as each item is vital to your comfort and cannot be ignored. Even in July and August the weather can turn dramatically in a matter of hours from sunshine and warm temperatures to freezing and blowing sleet and snow. Above 12,000 the weather can vary greatly so you must be prepared for almost anything.

We rent the proper footwear for this type of mountaineering as well as trekking poles which are very popular. See the Rental Gear link on the menu to the left. Late spring and summer ascents can usually be done in all leather or synthetic Material, Gortex lined moderately heavy weight hiking boots that are water repellent treated on the outside. You should be sure that your boots can also keep you warm in sub freezing temps as you can experience snow in the early morning hours.

We choose the peak we will climb with you according to the current mountain conditions and your personal level of fitness. If you have any questions, email us and we’d be happy to help you.

We hope you will be able to join us on one of these outings.

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