Category Archives: Mountaineering

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 Ice / Ski Conditions Report November 10, 2017

Every year the guides at Kling Mountain Guides are routinely the first ones out on the ice and snow. Here is a full conditions report from November 10, 2017.  This covers conditions in South Mineral Creek, Cement Creek, and the … 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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LEKI GLOVE REVIEW – ELEMENTS KRYPTON S

When you live in gloves, for both work and play, virtually seven days a week all winter long, you learn what you like and more importantly what works.  Last winter I had the chance to use, abuse, and review the … Continue reading

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How to Sharpen Ice Tools

It is that time of year again. The Colorado Ice Conditions page on Facebook is a flurry with posts of who’s climbed Pikes Peak? Is Martha’s in yet?? Who knows where’s there is ice to climb!?!? By early November the … Continue reading

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LEKI Ski Pole Review – Micro Tourstick Vario Carbon, Blue Bird Carbon S, Aergonlite 2 Carbon

As winter begins to approach, I start to reorganize my different “kits,” seeing what gear needs to be replaced and what still works. This past season I had the opportunity to work and ski with three different sets of LEKI … 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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Backcountry Access Tracker2 Beacon Review

For the past several years I have been skiing, guiding, and teaching with the Backcountry Access Tracker2 avalanche transceiver.  I typically get in close to 80 days every winter wearing my beacon. These include a mix of ski patrolling, course leading … 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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