Category Archives: Rock Climbing

A Guides Summer in Durango

Guide Carl Schnitker’s Summer in Durango.   I had a fantastic summer, living in Durango and experiencing everything that this awesome town has to offer. I was also fortunate enough to spend much of my time doing the greatest job on … Continue reading

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San Juan Mountains Condition Report (Snake Couloir, Mt. Sneffels Ski Beta) May 27, 2017

The conditions in the San Juan Mountains and southwest CO are ripe right now! From skiing big lines to climbing fun and warm sandstone, there is something for everybody. This past week I had the chance to ski the Snake … Continue reading

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Backcountry Communication Devices; Satellite phones, VHF radios, & Cell Phones

Technology is a part of the backcountry these days, whether we like it or not.  Backcountry technology can be used heavily, or just for emergency situations.  Typically some form of backcountry communication device is considered standard practice these days, at … Continue reading

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Camp Flash Harness Review

Cirque of the Towers, Wind River Range, WY Springsummernowfall in the Camp Flash Harness Ohhhhh my, it’s been a good year. Early in the spring, I got a hold of the Camp Flash Harness and was able to get quite a bit … Continue reading

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Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing Kit

As an American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) certified alpine and rock guide and provider of the AMGA’s Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) courses and exams I am often asked what’s in my climbing kit. Then more importantly I was asked “why?” … Continue reading

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American Mountain Guides Association Alpine Guide Exam

This September I took and passed the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Alpine Guide exam.  I am now an AMGA Certified Alpine Guide.  The Alpine Guide Certification is designed for people who guide glaciated and non-glaciated peaks, approaches and climbs, … Continue reading

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CAMP Geko Hot Gloves; More LOVE!

A (Long) Day in the CAMP Geko Hot Gloves Happy New Year all- I hope you are all getting some adventures in or at least have plans to in the new year. I want to take a few minutes and … Continue reading

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Camp Laser CR Harness; Falling in Love

Falling in Love with the CAMP Laser CR Harness Howdy, folks. I just got done putting the CAMP Laser CR Harness through the wringer and I’ve got some great things to share with you. I’ve taken this thing everywhere and … Continue reading

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Route Profile: Maiden Voyage, Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Grade III, 5.9, 6 pitches

Route Profile: Maiden Voyage – Grade III 5.9, six pitches. The Black Canyon of the Gunnison has a reputation of being for the extreme climber. With its remote circumstances, tick and poison ivy infested approaches, loose and unpredictable rock, challenging … Continue reading

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Camp Speed Helemt

I see helmets as an essential piece of climbing equipment. However finding a good helmet has been difficult and the less I’ve liked my helmet the easier it is to convince myself I might not need it. Enter the Camp Speed … Continue reading

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