Part 2: Things you’ve always wanted to know about climbing guides …but were afraid to ask

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Belay Device Review: Wild Country Pro Guide Lite

Nowadays, it seems like every single outdoor sports company is coming up with their own variation to the time tested Black Diamond ATC Guide and Petzl Reverso.  The Wild Country Pro Guide Lite belay device is just that.  Luckily for…

Women’s ROM Jacket

The Marmot ROM Jacket is a versatile soft-shell jacket that is well-suited for spring and fall activities or summer alpine climbs. It’s the perfect layer for those cool temperatures that do not require a lot of insulation. ROM stands for…

Ian Fowler’s HERA Story

The mission of the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation is to stop the loss of women from ovarian cancer by promoting Health, Empowerment, Research, and Awareness. They do this in various ways but there signature event is the Climb 4 Life…

Marmot Quasar Hoody Review

Senior Guide Eric Whewell reviews Marmot’s 900-fill down Quasar Hoody midroute on the Moonlight Buttress!      

BCA Float 42 Airbag Pack

  Backcountry Access will release their latest and largest Float airbag pack for the 2014-2015 winter season.  This year, I have had the good fortune to be a beta-tester for the pre-production version.  The Float 42 is designed specifically for…

Scarpa Gea RS – Women’s Touring Boots

If you enjoy touring in the backcountry and want to charge downhill, the Scarpa Gea RS – women’s touring boots are for you.  I have worn these for long days of touring as well as off piste skiing with long…

Dynafit TLT Radical FT12

I have a bunch of days now on the latest version of the Dynafit TLT Radical FT12 binding. This alpine touring ski binding has proven to be the best performing binding for the backcountry that I’ve skied to date. Without…

Spring Ski Mountaineering Considerations

Spring is upon us and the best big line skiing time is here. I love spring skiing and all the possibilities it brings. You can skin in the morning, climb and golf in the afternoon, and then BBQ in the…

Guide Gear Review: Dynafit Grand Teton

For the 2013/14 season, Dynafit released the Grand Teton, a new ski in honor of Jackson-based, ski mountaineering fanatic, Steve Romeo. Steve and his partner were killed in an avalanche in Grand Teton National Park, in the late winter of 2012….

Winter Gear Wish List

It is that time of year again. A time when the snow is just beginning to get good and Thanksgiving is behind us. What better than to pick a few items we all would love to receive for the holidays….

MEET A CMS CLIENT

Your Name?   Hi, my name is Becky Browning and I have a climbing addiction. Where do you live?  Estes Park, CO (moved here from Texas four years ago) How long have you been climbing with CMS?  Three years How did…

ICE CLIMBING – ALL MIXED UP

I guided a client on All Mixed Up yesterday and it’s in great shape! Ice coverage is really good. The approach trail up wanders a bit and although I tried to straighten it out, new snow will cover our tracks….

Rocky Mountain National Park Conditions

Ice… Ice… Baby! This is one of the best times of the year.  Right now you can go rock climbing in Boulder or go ice climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park. The flood we had last month left the ground…

Staff Outings – Fun and Adventurous

Are you looking for new, fun ideas for your next staff retreat or offsite event? Rock climbing, hiking and snowshoeing are great sports for team-building, developing camaraderie and to simply have a blast in the outdoors! Colorado Mountain School can customize an outdoor…

Climbing the Cathedral Spires – Cynical Pinnacle

Cynical Pinnacle, The Center Route For the guides at CMS, the last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind. Our “office” has been out of commission due to the flooding and we’ve been forced to relocate. Of course, in the grand…

Conditions Update

We hope this post finds everyone in safe and dry conditions. Due to the storms that hit our community last week, many of our outings will be taking place at venues just outside of Boulder. At this time we are unsure…

Tech Tip: How to Tie a Munter Mule

Here is a quick video from IFMGA/AMGA Certified Guide, Eric Whewell, on tying the munter mule – an important skill to have for rock rescue.

Guide Gear Review – Marmot Women’s Nano Jacket

This summer was wetter than previous years, making the Marmot Nano Jacket an essential in my climbing pack.  It was field tested, not on purpose, on the heaviest hailstorm of my life while climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Fortunately,…

What I Enjoy about being a guide

I’ve been guiding for many years and every once in a while I am asked what I love about being a guide.  For me, this is a hard question to answer.  I find lots of rewards in what I do. …

A Guide’s Day Off – Training for Pikes Peak

Some guides like to try and climb four routes on the Diamond in a day, some like to spend time pulling weeds in the garden, some like to hang with the family and some like to spend their free days…

Climbing at Eldorado Canyon

Eldorado Canyon State Park, or Eldo as most climbers call it, is one of the historic centers of American rock climbing and attracts climbers from all over the world. It is also our backyard. The soaring sandstone walls are decorated…

Guide Gear Review – Marmot Essence Jacket

This raincoat is LIGHT and keeps the weather off you – therefore, it meets most of my criteria in a quality rain jacket. At a staggeringly light weight of 6 ounces, there is little penalty on the legs for bringing…

Guide Tech Tip: Multi-Pitch Belay Transitions and Efficiency

Swift and efficient transitions between two partners at the belay stations is the trademark of a well rounded multi-pitch climber. In Colorado, where the weather is fickle, it is important to remember time is on your side and the quicker…

The Petit Grepon

In Rocky Mountain National Park, a beautiful spire of rock overlooks Sky Pond in Loch Vale and stands at 12,001 ft high – the Petit Grepon! Part of the Cathedral Spires group, the Petit Grepon’s classic route winds its way…

Protect Your Skin From the Sun

Protection from the sun is very important.  There are various ways you can do that.  Besides just avoiding sunburns, you can also: Avoid tanning or tanning beds – UV light from tanning beds and the sun can cause cancer. Apply…

Tech Tip: Multi-pitch Anchor

CMS Senior level Guide, Joey Thompson, was just out climbing in Eldorado Canyon State Park.  Being that he is an AMGA certified Rock Guide, he takes pride in his anchors.  Below is a little video of an anchor that he…

Guide Gear Review – La Sportiva TC Pro

La Sportiva TC Pro Review – by Steve Levin Long trad climbs are the real deal. Hundreds of feet off the deck, up among the soaring birds, the world takes on a different dimension—one where all the skills in the climber’s…

First Descents & Colorado Mountain School

CMS Guide Steve Levin describes the special partnership between Colorado Mountain School and First Descents, and how it has reminded him about the gift of being present.  About First Descents First Descents is a Denver-based non-profit that offers rock climbing,…

Guide Gear Review – Marmot Essence Jacket

Marmot Essence Jacket Gear Review – by Ian Fowler “No it is not going to rain! I am not taking a shell!” said my climbing partner. Four hours later, as a heavy spring shower hit me at the top of…

Guide Gear Review – La Sportiva Vertical K’s

La Sportiva Verical K’s Gear Review – by Steve Levin After 10 grueling hours of stuffing my feet into cracks and chimneys up the Black Canyon’s Painted Wall, all that was between me and a cooler of cold beverages was…

Guide Gear Review – Black Diamond Speed 40 Pack

Black Diamond Speed 40 Pack Gear Review – by Rainbow Weinstock I punish packs. Between my personal climbing and guiding, I wear a pack on my back most days of the year. I ask a lot of my packs. I…

Guide Gear Review – BCA Stash BC Pack

BCA Stash BC Pack Gear Review – by Andrew Councell On a recent trip to the Valhallas in Canada, I was exclusively using BCA’s Stash BC Pack. As the assistant guide for this week-long, lodge-based touring trip, I wasn’t just…