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Guided 14er Summit Climbs
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.
We offer guided 14er climbs in a couple different places. In the Sangre De Cristos we offer guided climbs of Blanca and Ellingwood Peaks from the Huerfano valley side. We also have a limited number of days to climb in Rocky Mountain National Park which includes Long's Peak. Additionally we also offer guided climbs of easier 14ers in the Lake City area in the San Juan Mountains. Here are a couple of ideas to help you get started but the best way to get more information is to call or fill out the form below. Rates for specific objectives can be found below and can be used as a comparison for similar objectives. General rates below can be found below and are cumulative. So for an objective taking more than 14 hours it would be the equivalent of two Full Days.
Blanca Peak, Ormes Buttress $690: An amazing climb up the more difficult north face of Blanca peak that climbs at about 5.6 in difficulty over several thousand feet. Usually done over a few days this is approached from the Huerfano valley. From the summit of Blanca Peak one can also traverse across to Ellingwood Peak.
Blanca Peak, Gash Ridge $690: Another really classic ridge climb that is about 5.0 in difficulty as it climbs a few thousand feet along this northerly ridge. It sweeps up from the beautiful Huerfano valley to the summit of Blanca over several days.
Crestone Needle, Ellingwood Ledges $690: A classic climb on a an amazing peak. With high quality rock this climbs the face of Crestone Needle at a difficulty of 5.7 for a few thousand feet to the summit.
Crestone Peak to Crestone Needle Traverse $690: A challenging ridge traverse covering two 14,000 foot peaks. Starting from South Colony Lake we head up Broken Hand Pass before heading over to the South Face of Crestone Peak. From there the traverse to Crestone Needle is nearly a mile. before descending back to the pass and down to the lakes. Usually done over a couple days. Handies Peak, East Face $275: 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 $275: 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 $275: 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 $275: 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.
Sunshine Peak via Redcloud Peak, Silver Creek Trail $275: 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.