What Are Our Clients Saying?

“Matt Was a Rockstar”

Matt was a rockstar – customized the entire day around my objectives. Squeezed in about ten pitches and worked on a lot of improvement areas for me. Enjoyed that he was responsive to feedback on route variations that challenged my technique a bit. Couldn’t have been better.

Timothy Rann

“Kind and Patient”

Just went out for a day of trad climbing with Clint Locks, who picked great routes, explained things thoroughly, and was kind and patient in the face of endless questions.

Daniel H.

“Clint Locks is Fantastic!”

Clint Locks is fantastic!  He’s been our climbing guide for several years. He is patient and thoughtful, explains things very well, and chooses great routes. He’s also smart, articulate and engaging. Above all, he is meticulous about safety and emphasizes that constantly throughout the day.

Kristin G.

“Having Fun the Entire Time”

We did the one day lead climbing clinic up Boulder Canyon with Clint. We went to Cascade Crag we did a pretty decent amount of climbing given our group size (3 to 1 instructor) and the fact that we were learning the ropes (yes pun intended) of outdoor lead climbing all in 8 hours. Great guide, made sure we were safe and having fun the entire time. Definitely boosted my confidence, enough that I went and did multi-pitch trad route down in Eldorado canyon the very next day with friends who had more experience climbing outside.

Nora A.

“We Felt Completely Safe With Clint”

My husband and I met Clint Locks on top of the Wind Tower in Eldorado Canyon. He was very pleasant and helpful from the start. He mentioned he was a guide and offered to take us out if we wanted.

We booked him for a day of multi-pitch climbing in Estes Park and this turned out to be a great decision. Our goal for the day was to learn as much as we could about climbing in and around Boulder and RMNP as well as have a great day out climbing. Clint delivered on both – he has climbed in the area for many years and knows all the best spots. He is also a great teacher. As for the climbing, we did Pear Buttress, a superb climb, and we felt completely safe with Clint leading us up.

During our time in Boulder we met a couple of other CMS guides and they were also very pleasant and professional. We would highly recommend CMS guides and Clint in particular.

Finally, don’t be hesitant to hire a guide during the pandemic. The guides and guests are required to wear masks and the guides give guests hand sanitizer before and after climbing. All guests are also screened before their outing.

Paige T.

“One of the Greatest Experiences I Have Had in Years”

Earlier this week I made a wonderful climb with my guide from Colorado Mountain School, Ryan Pedersen. I am from Florida, age 67, and it was not only my first climb up the Second Flatiron, it was my first climb up any mountain ever. So I freely admitted that I was an “absolute beginner” and yet he never made me feel stupid. On the contrary he made me feel safe, especially by keeping that rope taught. And yet he also knew how to give me slack when I had to backtrack, once I realized I chose a wrong path with fewer holds. I believe it is rare to see real excellence and real humility combined in one person. And by “humility” I mean that Ryan never told me (before I asked at the end) about his many ascents up mountains all over the world (four up El Cap!) and he also never told me that he would be my personal photographer who could take great pictures of my first ascent. Climbing with Ryan was one of the greatest experiences I have had in years: the rock itself was beyond our puny human scale, and seeing a hawk soaring right there at eye-level was amazing. Also, that panoramic view from the top was well worth sore legs. And I finally realized about half way up that I could climb all the way to the top (only with his help of course). And since I am nearing 70, that meant the world to me. Ryan also advised me on equipment to buy for future climbs, and how to get better at climbing. I sure respect the staff you hired at CMS, and just know that I can’t wait to climb with Ryan again.

David Fourqurean

“Patient, Knowledgeable, and Extremely Fun”

I cannot recommend Jesse, Bob, and Bernardo at CMS enough. They were kind, patient, knowledgeable, and extremely fun to learn Intro to Mountaineering from. On day 1 we were taught all of the techniques needed to safely travel on snow in the mountains. On day 2 Jesse took us up a beautiful route on Hallet’s Couloir that rewarded our challenge with incredible views and an unforgettable experience. We will definitely be back for more courses with CMS!

Travis Michael

“I Can’t Say Enough Good Things”

I want to brag about the phenomenal experience I had this last weekend on the Learn to Lead Trad class guided by Mark Griffin. Mark was a great guide and I really appreciate that he took the time to learn about my experience and goals for climbing and used that to tailor the course to best fit me.  Mark provided tons of info but made it fun and very easy to understand. He provided great feedback and instruction which made for the perfect learning environment. He is also very personable and had plenty of knowledge of climbing history, areas, routes, and formations that was really interesting to hear about.

I can’t say enough good things about my experience with the Colorado Mountain School and Mark especially. He is a huge asset for CMS. I would definitely recommend CMS and Mark to anyone looking for quality instruction. Thanks for a great course.

Jarred Gitz

“Highly Recommended Experience”

Awesome guides, Buster Jesik, Sarah Janin, and Tyler Allen took us up Long’s Peak cables route. They couldn’t have been more friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommended experience. Definitely looking forward to my next trip with CMS and this guide team!

M.H.

“Highly Recommended Experience”

Awesome guides, Buster Jesik, Sarah Janin, and Tyler Allen took us up Long’s Peak cables route. They couldn’t have been more friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommended experience. Definitely looking forward to my next trip with CMS and this guide team!

M.H.

“If I Could Give More Stars, I Would!”

If I could give more stars, I would! The office staff at CMS is excellent: eager to help folks complete successful adventures. My mountain climbing experience with Jason was absolutely outstanding. He’s an expert, a pro, in every possible way without a hint of condescension. Patient, skilled, directive, supportive… the list goes on. I am literally already thinking about new adventures to take on, JUST so I can work with him again. (Ice climbing, anyone?) I cannot recommend him or this organization highly enough. Don’t hesitate. Figure out your next “big thing” and ask CMS to help you make it happen. They’re worth EVERY penny.

Melissa Tatro

“A Pleasure to Work With”

The team at CMS was a pleasure to work with for a group day out climbing in Boulder Canyon. Shout out to Meg for being a great guide for our group!

Sean Quinn

“One of the Highlights of My Trip”

I booked the 1/2 day fun climb in Estes Park, and it turned out to be one of the highlights of my trip. I had only climbed in gyms before, never outdoors. The instructor was professional, patient, and encouraging. I learned a lot and had a great time!

Katie Miller

“Highly Recommend CMS”

Great Experience! I used to mountain climb centuries ago and haven’t touched a rock since then. This year, I decided it was time to go back to the activity that gives an incredible amount of joy, a sense of achievement and pushes you to your limits. CMS and my guide Tyler Allen provided smooth and steady immersion to rock climbing. From going through the basics of rock climbing and belaying techniques on day one to climbing the “South Ridge” on Notchtop in Odessa Gorge on day three, I felt supported and in the same challenged with a new adventure. I can highly recommend CMS to anyone who is looking for upgrading their climbing skills or having an adventurous day in the mountains under the supervision of a highly experienced guide.

Kirill Goryachev

“If I Could Give This a 10/5, I Would”

If I could give this a 10/5, I would. My partner and I had the BEST TIME EVER. We booked with CMS as we were driving cross country from Michigan->Cali. We normally climb in West Virginia and one of our favorite guides recently joined the CMS team this summer and we knew we HAD to visit. We booked a half day trip with the wonderful Tyler Allen and did the first Flatiron in Boulder. We woke up at 6am to beat the heat (HIGHLY recommend) and just loved it. Since we were traveling we did not have all of our gear but CMS provided me with the shoes, harness and helmet I needed. I felt safe, comfortable and challenged in the climb in the best way possible. Do the climb. Wake up early. Enjoy yourself. and also.. tip your guides!

Teddy Mckinney

“Truly Fantastic Experience!”

Highly recommend CMS for alpine training and education. Participated in a Crevasse Rescue course focusing on glacier travel and efficient rescue in preparation for climbs in the cascades. The course was broken down in an intuitive way and packed in hands-on simulations of rescue scenarios. Our instructor had deep knowledge and experience in the skillset and offered recommendations catered to our objectives. Truly fantastic experience!

Melissa Estep

“Had My Mind Blown”

I had a fantastic day out with Jason Antin for the big wall clinic. I’ve never done anything with a guide before and had my mind blown! His attention to detail, coaching, knowledge base, encouragement, and general stoke level were top notch. I learned a ton and am feeling confident and ready to tackle big stuff. Thanks Jason and CMS!

Jake Lucas

“Well Organized, Professional, and Safe”

I recently completed the Intro to mountaineering course. It was an amazing experience. Very well organized, professional, and safe. Our guides; Mike Coyle and Josh Burke where extremely knowledgeable. They had a great way of keep the intimidation factor down, while making sure we were prepared to execute the objective. I plan on using CMS in the future.

Ron Tribendis

“Patient, Knowledgeable, and Extremely Fun”

I cannot recommend Jesse, Bob, and Bernardo at CMS enough. They were kind, patient, knowledgeable, and extremely fun to learn Intro to Mountaineering from. On day 1 we were taught all of the techniques needed to safely travel on snow in the mountains. On day 2 Jesse took us up a beautiful route on Hallet’s Couloir that rewarded our challenge with incredible views and an unforgettable experience. We will definitely be back for more courses with CMS!

Travis Michaels

“I Learned So Much”

Spent this last week with First Descents and CMS, The Guides, Again, Little Bit, Double, Hans, (Bob Chase, Rainbow Weinstock, Mark Hammond, Andy Hansen) were absolutely amazing. I learned so much from these guys not only about mountain climbing but also about persistence and overcoming obstacles. They are the most professional, talented patient, skilled and fun people that I have met in many years. The guides are just amazing (yes I am repeating myself). As I reflect on an awesome week of climbing in Moab, UT, I keep coming back to what I learned from these guys. They have an absolute love and passion for what they do, and it comes out in the instruction and time and individual attention to each of the students separate skills sets. Everything they showed us was tailored to each student. (Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!) I have always had a love of mountains and after this week I also have a great appreciation of them as well. Thank you SO Much!

CMS Client (Anonymous)

“I Learned So Much”

Spent this last week with First Descents and CMS, The Guides, Again, Little Bit, Double, Hans, (Bob Chase, Rainbow Weinstock, Mark Hammond, Andy Hansen) were absolutely amazing. I learned so much from these guys not only about mountain climbing but also about persistence and overcoming obstacles. They are the most professional, talented patient, skilled and fun people that I have met in many years. The guides are just amazing (yes I am repeating myself). As I reflect on an awesome week of climbing in Moab, UT, I keep coming back to what I learned from these guys. They have an absolute love and passion for what they do, and it comes out in the instruction and time and individual attention to each of the students separate skills sets. Everything they showed us was tailored to each student. (Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!) I have always had a love of mountains and after this week I also have a great appreciation of them as well. Thank you SO Much!

CMS Client (Anonymous)

“I Learned So Much”

Spent this last week with First Descents and CMS, The Guides, Again, Little Bit, Double, Hans, (Bob Chase, Rainbow Weinstock, Mark Hammond, Andy Hansen) were absolutely amazing. I learned so much from these guys not only about mountain climbing but also about persistence and overcoming obstacles. They are the most professional, talented patient, skilled and fun people that I have met in many years. The guides are just amazing (yes I am repeating myself). As I reflect on an awesome week of climbing in Moab, UT, I keep coming back to what I learned from these guys. They have an absolute love and passion for what they do, and it comes out in the instruction and time and individual attention to each of the students separate skills sets. Everything they showed us was tailored to each student. (Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!) I have always had a love of mountains and after this week I also have a great appreciation of them as well. Thank you SO Much!

CMS Client (Anonymous)

“Going the Extra Mile”

Not only did Russel and Ian do their utmost to ensure my safety, help me achieve my goals, and provide detailed climbing instruction, but they were both extremely personable and willing to go the extra mile to make my time here both a rewarding and fun experience.

Wes

“Fabulous Leaders, Teachers, and Mentors to Our Son”

Rhonda Davie

“Fabulous Leaders, Teachers, and Mentors to Our Son”

Rhonda Davie

“Extraordinary Professionalism and Competence”

I want to commend Bob Chase and Sarah Janin for their extraordinary professionalism and competence while guiding my climb up Long’s Peak via the North Face on August 27, 2019.  Throughout the entire climb they exhibited incredible patience, support of my efforts, teamwork, and attention to safety.  Although I have trained with Bob for some time, as well as with Sarah and two of your other excellent guides (Bernardo Beteta and Ryan Pedersen), none of us knew how well, at the age of 84, I would tolerate the altitude, as well as the stress associated with climbing for 16 hours.  But they worked with me, had faith in me, and we finally pulled it off.  Also, I want to give special recognition to Bob for the flawless manner in which he planned, organized and executed the entire project.  While I have climbed in Patagonia (Torres del Paine), climbed seven fourteeners in my younger days, and participated in two treks in the Himalayas years ago, nothing compares with this mountaineering experience.  You should be very proud of your guides and the quality experience they provided me.

Mary Ann Paliani

“Extraordinary Professionalism and Competence”

I want to commend Bob Chase and Sarah Janin for their extraordinary professionalism and competence while guiding my climb up Long’s Peak via the North Face on August 27, 2019.  Throughout the entire climb they exhibited incredible patience, support of my efforts, teamwork, and attention to safety.  Although I have trained with Bob for some time, as well as with Sarah and two of your other excellent guides (Bernardo Beteta and Ryan Pedersen), none of us knew how well, at the age of 84, I would tolerate the altitude, as well as the stress associated with climbing for 16 hours.  But they worked with me, had faith in me, and we finally pulled it off.  Also, I want to give special recognition to Bob for the flawless manner in which he planned, organized and executed the entire project.  While I have climbed in Patagonia (Torres del Paine), climbed seven fourteeners in my younger days, and participated in two treks in the Himalayas years ago, nothing compares with this mountaineering experience.  You should be very proud of your guides and the quality experience they provided me.

Mary Ann Paliani

“Big Thumbs Up”

Thanks for accommodating our somewhat non-traditional group. Bob and Andy were fantastic, and that does not come just from me but from each and every person in our group. Getting through three days of instruction with an acute language barrier and having all of us come out with a great understanding of the topics taught is slightly amazing and it was due to Bob and Andy’s obvious professionalism and dedication. So, a big thumbs up from us here. We have already been touting the Colorado Mountain School as the way to go to other folks we have met. Thanks again.

Kurt

“Highly recommend”

An excellent guided climbing experience! I went on a couple half-day climbs out at Eldorado Canyon with two different guides (Bernardo and Mike). Both are very professional, friendly and safe. Highly recommended if you’re looking for a guide in the Boulder area.

Tom Lubanovic

“Safety, Professionalism, and Fun”

Becky Browning

Our Family Had the Best Time

This is our second time using Colorado Mountain School and once again our family had THE BEST time. Scarlet was an EXCELLENT guide! Mary’s lake location she chose also provided beautiful views and several climbing opportunities to keep our group interested and challenged.

Ivelisse Page

“10/10, Would Recommend”

I took my SPI course with Wes and it was so much more than I anticipated. I learned so much over the course of 3 days and Wes is on point. The dude is super professional and is a master of his craft. He changed our location from Boulder to Vedauwoo and I was super psyched he did. It was not only a way better better environment to teach and learn in but overall was a great camping and climbing trip! Wes is hilarious and super friendly to everyone he encounters. Really easy to get connect with and really open to questions and helping you learn the way you learn. 10/10, would recommend!

Joshua Larkin

“Couldn’t Have Asked for a Better Experience”

CMS and the team have been awesome. I went on my first ever guided climb with Jason Antin and couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Jason focused on my specific climbing goals throughout the day, had a ton of knowledge of other climbs in the area and ways I could improve, and made sure we were 100% safe throughout the climb (and also made the experience really enjoyable and positive!). I’ll most definitely be back to climb more with CMS and Jason!

Krisy Mlynczak

“The Best in the Business”

Steven Rosenblum

Best Guide Service

Intro to Mountaineering May 8-9, 2021. EXCELLENT! Awesome Guides, great Instruction, beautiful weather! Best Guide Service!

T Lens

“An Exciting and Eye-Opening Experience”

What an exciting and eye-opening experience for my first alpine climbing trip! Sarah, our guide, did a great job taking us through the day. The learning curve for becoming proficient at alpine climbing can be quite steep. Sarah was so patient, providing a lot of tips throughout the day and I feel I learned so much! I still have a ton to learn but I’ll be much better prepared for my next alpine climbing adventure!

Mary Grieb

Knowledgeable Guides and Well-Organized

Knowledgeable guides and well-organized. I got everything I wanted out of my multi-pitch course, and more! I would definitely take another course with CMS. Thanks!

Emily Acker

“Well Organized, Professional, and Safe”

I recently completed the Intro to mountaineering course. It was an amazing experience. Very well organized, professional, and safe. Our guides; Mike Coyle and Josh Burke where extremely knowledgeable. They had a great way of keep the intimidation factor down, while making sure we were prepared to execute the objective. I plan on using CMS in the future.

Ron Tribendis

“Upbeat, Fun, and Extremely Capable”

Jason Antin was our guide on the flatirons and did an AMAZING job. Jason was very upbeat, fun, and extremely capable. It allowed our team to focus on the experience and the challenge instead of the uncertainty of the logistics and the concern that we weren’t properly planned. Would absolutely work with CMS and Jason again…

Chris Porter

CMS Was Fantastic

From the moment of my first call for information to our family’s last climb, CMS was fantastic. They led me through the options, helped design a week of climbs around our planned destination, and coordinated with us around weather and gear. I felt safe and prepared, and we had a great trip. We are already planning a return to take it to the next level!

Julie Thacker

“Fabulous Leaders, Teachers, and Mentors to Our Son”

Rhonda Davie

“Patient, Knowledgeable, and Extremely Fun”

I cannot recommend Jesse, Bob, and Bernardo at CMS enough. They were kind, patient, knowledgeable, and extremely fun to learn Intro to Mountaineering from. On day 1 we were taught all of the techniques needed to safely travel on snow in the mountains. On day 2 Jesse took us up a beautiful route on Hallet’s Couloir that rewarded our challenge with incredible views and an unforgettable experience. We will definitely be back for more courses with CMS!

Travis Michaels

We’ve Learned So Much From CMS

My husband has taken 5 courses and I’ve joined him for 2 of them. All of the guides have been fantastic. We’ve learned so much from CMS! Everything is very organized and professional. We can’t wait for our next outing with CMS.

Sarah Strothkamp

“I Felt Totally Safe and Confident”

Megan Yingling guided my first climbing trip outdoors on April 3, 2021. She was very knowledgable of the Eldorado Canyon State Park area and all of the routes in the park. As a first time outdoor and roped climber at the time, I felt totally safe and confident in Megan’s hands. Megan also gave me some rundowns on skills such as tying a figure 8 knot, lead belaying, cleaning and placing gear, rappelling, and setting up and cleaning anchors. She was super friendly and easy to spend a day with. I highly recommend Megan to anyone looking to finally get outdoors for the first time!

Steven Speer

Cannot Say Enough Good Things

I cannot say enough good things about the Guides at CMS – the best outfitter I have worked with at First Descents thus far. They came to the lodge every night and made sure they were part of the experience. The campers accepted them into the group and they participated in every campfire. Their communication with me and [my co-leader] was excellent.

First Descents Lead Camp Director, T Barry

“Extremely Pleased and Thankful”

I want to express the great experience I had with CMS and especially how great of a time I had with Joey Thompson. I admittedly was skeptical about hiring a guide to climb with, from fear of not being able to get the experience I was looking for. However, getting linked up with Joey turned out to be fantastic. I was very impressed by his professionalism and knowledge of all working facets of mountaineering and climbing. I am a firefighter who works with some rope rescue and after our full day of multi-pitch climbing, Joey took time to go over some self rescue systems and different techniques for safely securing fall victims. I was extremely impressed with the wealth of knowledge he was able to provide and also the way he was able to teach it. I hope Joey is an example of all of your guides. He truly changed my mind on guided climbs and has definitely earned my return business which I will be setting up in the future. I was extremely pleased and thankful for the rope rescue instruction. I will also relay this message on TripAdvisor and encourage folks to ask for Joey. Thanks for the experience and for setting me up with an amazing guide.

B Hahn

“Particularly Outstanding”

Mary Ann Paliani

Flexibility and Professionalism

CMS did a great job helping me enjoy the delights of Estes Park climbing. I contacted them with only a few days notice and within a day I had a guide lined up. We climbed for 3 days on 3-star routes and managed to avoid the crowds too! Their combination of flexibility and professionalism is a winner.

B Stephenson

They Continue to Deliver

Colorado Mountain School guides have a longstanding relationship with First Descents and really understand the mission. Year after year, we seem to get the same guides and they continue to deliver. I think what is also really cool, is the fact that they are looking to progress in what they do, even though they have this sport dialed. You can see that they push themselves to make the experience dynamic and original. The CMS guys are awesome. All in all, two thumbs up to those guys.

First Descents Lead Camp Director, J Anderson

“Will Carry Those Lessons with Me for the Rest of My Life”

I really cannot say enough good things about Joey and his guiding style. We had an amazing day out and I really appreciate his patience and ability to teach in a manner that suited my style. I had a specific goal in mind for the climb and he was very accommodating to pick the right day to make our climb happen. I learned a LOT, again, and will carry those lessons with me for the rest of my life. He has been involved in training me for some of the greatest days I have had in the backcountry (Nepal trip, Peru, Longs North Face, etc.) and I cannot express how valuable the time I have spent with him has been for me. I hope to get out again with him in the future.

D Marks

“Learn to do it Correctly, Safely, and Have Fun”

My experience is based on a long-term relationship with Colorado Mountain School beginning in 2006 and continuing thereafter. During this 8 year period, I’ve regularly used CMS guides on my climbing outings and specialized classes, such as self-rescue. All trips have been to current AMGA standards for safety, techniques and equipment, and mainly – fun! Rock climbing is a complex endeavor, especially multi-pitch traditional climbing. If you want to learn to do it correctly, safely, and have fun in the process, you will not go wrong by using CMS guides.

Tom Stocker

“I Felt 100% Safe”

Last Monday, I had a great time with one of your guides, Ian Fowler, successfully climbing the Dragon Tail couloir near Mt. Hallet. This was my first ice climb and I had never used crampons, ice ax, and harness and knew absolutely nothing about mountaineering. At all times, I felt 100% safe with Ian. He was very knowledgeable and experienced and was excellent at teaching me the basics of ice climbing. On top of all of that, he was a fun person to be around. My first ever ice climb was a positive experience and I look forward to many ice climbs in the future. I highly recommend Colorado Mountain School as well as Ian Fowler as a personal Guide.

T Merriman

Made Me Feel Comfortable and Able

Hi, guys! I want to let you know how grateful I am to have had the three of you as my climbing guides this week. I didn’t really know what to expect. I got so much more out of this experience than I expected. You are all so amazing! You made me feel comfortable and able to easily trust you to get me up and down the mountain so that I was able to exceed my expectations of what I was able to accomplish! I had no idea that I would be so good or that I would truly like it so much. I appreciate your encouragement when I had doubts or freaked out a little, and your guidance on where to put my foot or hand when I was stuck on how to move forward. I tend to be cautious and overthink things but this week at the mountain, I decided to push these previous thoughts aside and have a new outlook, and I’m glad I did. I just kind of took a brief look at which route looked like fun to try and went for it, without thinking about it. Really not like me at all. I realized I don’t need to overthink things because fear will creep in to prevent me from making that first step. But once that first step is made, it’s just one step at a time to get to where I’m going. I learned I can trust my judgment and I can exceed my own expectations because that’s what happened this week. Thanks for helping to guide me and be part of this revelation.

Ashley M

“I Learned So Much”

Spent this last week with First Descents and CMS, The Guides, Again, Little Bit, Double, Hans, (Bob Chase, Rainbow Weinstock, Mark Hammond, Andy Hansen) were absolutely amazing. I learned so much from these guys not only about mountain climbing but also about persistence and overcoming obstacles. They are the most professional, talented patient, skilled and fun people that I have met in many years. The guides are just amazing (yes I am repeating myself). As I reflect on an awesome week of climbing in Moab, UT, I keep coming back to what I learned from these guys. They have an absolute love and passion for what they do, and it comes out in the instruction and time and individual attention to each of the students separate skills sets. Everything they showed us was tailored to each student. (Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!) I have always had a love of mountains and after this week I also have a great appreciation of them as well. Thank you SO Much!

CMS Client (Anonymous)

Real and Authentic Relationships with the Guides

Bart Foster

“We Had an Amazing Two Days with Russell”

Just wanted to follow up to say we had an amazing two days with Russell – we really bonded with him and he did an awesome job working with three of us on a fairly long and epic day on Kor’s Flake. We had a great stay at CMS as well. On this trip, my Dad and I brought my climbing partner along for his first foray with CMS – he wants to come back to do lead and avalanche classes!

Nik

“Big Thumbs Up”

Thanks for accommodating our somewhat non-traditional group. Bob and Andy were fantastic, and that does not come just from me but from each and every person in our group. Getting through three days of instruction with an acute language barrier and having all of us come out with a great understanding of the topics taught is slightly amazing and it was due to Bob and Andy’s obvious professionalism and dedication. So, a big thumbs up from us here. We have already been touting the Colorado Mountain School as the way to go to other folks we have met. Thanks again.

Kurt

“Patient and Kind”

Just wanted to complement Adam on doing a great job being patient and kind. We learned more from him in an afternoon then we did in all our wall climbing visits combined. We would definitely recommend your company, and Adam in particular, he is a great asset!

John & Abby

Incredibly Accommodating

Wanted to give a big thanks to CMS for always being very responsive and incredibly accommodating. Your customer service has been a major factor in my wanting to work with CMS and their awesome guides time and again.

Briani

“Successfully Meet Goal, After Goal, After Goal”

Joe Castellano

“Going the Extra Mile”

Not only did Russel and Ian do their utmost to ensure my safety, help me achieve my goals, and provide detailed climbing instruction, but they were both extremely personable and willing to go the extra mile to make my time here both a rewarding and fun experience.

Wes

“I Consider Myself to be CMS’ #1 Fan!”

“The summer of 2010 changed my life. I had the great fortune to meet Colorado Mountain School Head Guide, Mark Hammond, the first time I went rock-rocking. Although I was almost 53 the first time I put on a pair of climbing shoes, I found a passion for the sport like none other. Since then, I have been climbing with Colorado Mountain School innumerable times and Mark has been my guide, instructor and coach ever since.

I have been thrilled at the progress I have made, and that is solely attributable to Mark’s coaching skills. He has an innate ability to know when to encourage and when to challenge. Mark is a skilled and dedicated professional and safety is always first. Shortly behind that is fun! Mark’s enthusiasm for the sport shows in everything he does and he gladly shares that with anyone who is interested. In case you can’t tell, I consider myself to be CMS’ #1 fan!! I mean every word in my testimonial. My problem was toning it down! You guys are the best!!”

Becky Browning​

“Very Knowledgeable”

Our guide, Bernardo, lead us up the fandango route on the first flatiron. We had a great day of climbing. Bernardo was very knowledgeable and we were very confident in his skills and abilities. We highly recommend the Colorado mountain school.

R.H.

“He’s the Best”

My favorite mountain school in Colorado, they have very competent and friendly guides. Jake Gaventa was my guide two times of rock climbing and both were awesome he’s the best mountain guide, very patient and always easy to spark a conversation with. He’s very eager to teach everything he does and careful that you learn something everytime you go out with him. You’ll definitely enjoy your time with the school.

Abdulrahman Khoja

“Highly Recommend”

An excellent guided climbing experience! I went on a couple half-day climbs out at Eldorado Canyon with two different guides (Bernardo and Mike). Both are very professional, friendly and safe. Highly recommended if you’re looking for a guide in the Boulder area.

Tom Lubanovic

“Unbelievably patient and professional”

I had a fantastic experience and would recommend this to anyone interested in learning more techniques to increase their safety and overall knowledge. Mike S. was unbelievably patient and professional! He was able to give me right amount of information based on my experience and build on it. Thanks for the great time! This is exactly what I wanted!

Timothy Davis

The Guides Make All The Difference

Becky Browning

“Not Enough Words to Describe”

I did a 2 day intro to mountaineering course with Ian Fowler. There are not enough words to describe how awesome those 2 days were and how amazing Ian has been as a guide to learn from. Ian was super knowledgeable and patient and I learned so much during these 2 days. But most importantly – I was left with a taste for more mountaineering and I am eager to learn more and do more! 5 stars!!!

Shai Simchi

“Patient, Fun Instructor”

Josh was a patient, fun instructor. Two of our group had never climbed outdoors and walked away from the experience excited and feeling like they’d learned a lot.

Corey Owens

“Exceeded My Expectations”

Had such a great time rock climbing. One for sure be in the books. Ian Fowler was so accommodating and exceeded my expectations. Will surely be back!!!

Dhon Ponay

“Jason was Friendly, Knowledgeable”

If you are considering big climbing objectives, getting back into it after a lay off, or new to it all—you need this class. No two emergencies are the same but through this class you will learn a systematic approach to address them all. Our instructor Jason was friendly, knowledgeable and has the resume to back up his instruction. Save yourself and your partner the epic and take this class.

James Barnum

“Absolutely LOVED it”

We booked with Bob at Colorado Mountain School for a Guided Ice Climbing experience, and absolutely LOVED it. Bob was so encouraging and knowledgeable and made the whole day truly worthwhile. We are beginners, and his energy made us feel much more comfortable. I cannot recommend this experience enough!

Julia DePalma

“Very Professional”

I very much enjoyed my recent Classic Ski Tour trip with CMS. Our guide, Buster, was very professional and knowledgable. We skied some fun terrain and I got to push my skills. Definitely worth the time and money!

Ryan Teter

“Epic Day”

I had an absolutely epic day in Rocky Mountain National Park with my ski mountaineering guide, Ben. He customized the day to my exact needs (I wanted to learn more about skimo and also glacier travel techniques). We climbed and skied 3 big couloirs with awesome snow! Would highly recommend.

Henry Kvietok

“Absolutely Outstanding!”

Our instructor, Japhy, was not only exceptionally skilled, but was also a great teacher. Highly recommend.

David Tandberg

The Guides Make You Feel Very Comfortable

Kassi Newman

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