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Bob loves every aspect of guiding, from summer rock to winter mountaineering. It seems that anybody who’s climbed in RMNP in winter recalls seeing Bob, huge smile across his face, heading into the backcountry with an eager client. He takes his same genuine, good-natured, and low-key disposition, along with skills honed since his first guiding job in 1985, with him everywhere – on climbs abroad and here in Colorado. Indefatigable, Bob spends some 200 days a year guiding.

Bob started guiding for Colorado Mountain School in 1992 and has climbed, guided, and traveled extensively in the lower 48, Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Argentina, Africa, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Bahamas, and Fiji. He’s completed the AMGA Rock Instructor course and is a Level 1 AIARE Avalanche Instructor. Somewhere along the line – or maybe he was born with it – Bob developed a genuine ability to connect with people on a very real and individual level.

Bob’s father, who introduced him to the outdoors at a young age, says, “I always knew he’d do something in the outdoors since he was more comfortable sitting in the dirt than sitting in front of the television.” Despite Bob’s varied background – a bachelor’s in forestry, a master’s in outdoor education, jobs as an accountant, university professor, and Nordic ski center manager – perhaps he was destined to become a mountain guide. He grew up in Brownsville, Texas at a whopping 11 feet above sea level with no perceptible change in vertical relief for hundreds of miles. At age 8, he climbed 25 vertical feet up the tallest tree in his front yard and marveled at the 360-degree panorama of town. He’s been gaining those high vantage points ever since and taking others with him for the experiences of their lives.


“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

“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)

“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

“Particularly Outstanding”

- Mary Ann Paliani

“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

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