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Joe lives in the Front Range with his wife Susan and is a member of the AMGA National Instructor Team and Colorado Mountain School’s Director of Guide Development.  Joe became an IFMGA Licensed Mountain Guide in February of 2014. He holds Level 3 certification with both AIARE and the American Avalanche Institute. Get out in the mountains with Joey and see why he has been known to bring the magic!



“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

“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

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