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"Sarah and I had an awesome time. We were both impressed by and appreciated the fact that you actually taught us some of the finer points of climbing, rather than just setting a rope and saying "there you go." -Mike, Wisconsin
Whether it is your first time in the mountains or you are a seasoned mountaineer a guided climb of a Colorado 14er is always a great experience. There are a variety of routes that vary from semi-technical snow climbs and scrambles to simple hikes. While you may not feel comfortable with the skills to summit a peak on your own we have guides available to show you the rewards of climbing rock, ice, or snow. These peaks are far from any major cities and make for great overnights where one can often enjoy the stars overhead at night and alpenglow on the peaks in the mornings.
While these peaks are generally approached from Lake City via Gunnison they can also be approached from Ouray or Telluride via Silverton and Cinnamon Pass for those with a capable high clearance vehicle. Here are some of the more common routes you can challenge yourself on:
Handies Peak, East Face: There are several semi-technical snow routes here. Each starts with a pleasant hike from Grizzly Gulch. After a few hours of hiking along the creek the basin opens to where you come to the East Face. After roping up and putting on crampons near a small tarn climbers ascend steep snow til the couloir exits onto the final summit dome. This makes for a great ski descent as well in early spring after the snow consolidates.
Handies Peak, American Basin Trail: This is one of the easiest 14er routes in Colorado depending on how far into the trailhead your vehicle will get you. With high clearance 4WD it's fairly straightforward hiking from the trailhead. Otherwise it requires additional hiking. In winter this makes a great multi-day winter ascent. In the spring wildflowers make this the perfect initiation for those who are more interested in scenery instead of difficulty.
Handies Peak, Grizzly Gulch Trail: This is a scenic route that winds past the most difficult portions of the east face of Handies peak and is the most common route in winter when avalanche conditions allow for it.
Redcloud Peak, Silver Creek Trail: Named because of the red coloring of the rock which is high in iron content this is another hiking route that heads up Silver Creek to a saddle before following the east ridge to the summit.
Redcloud and Sunshine Peak, East Gullies: Several semi-technical gullies on the east side of Redcloud make great ski descents in the spring. They also make moderate snow climbs that are perfect for those looking for an introduction to snow climbing.
Sunshine Peak via Redcloud Peak, Silver Creek Trail: This is the common way of climbing two 14ers via the mile plus ridge that goes from Redcloud Peak on to Sunshine. With surrounding views of the Uncompaghre Wilderness and surrounding San Juan peaks this is a great introduction to 14er climbing
To book your trip send us an e-mail at info@coclimbing or call 719-209-6649
*Please note, all rates are per person, e.g. 3 people for a non-technical day would be $190/person or $570.