Guide in training 

our purpose 

The purpose of the Guide in Training Program is to provide an unparalleled skills and leadership development opportunity for highly motivated high school juniors and seniors. The program is based in Crested Butte, Colorado. A truly unique and authentic mountain town in the heart of the Rock Mountains. Crested Butte is also the home of Irwin Guides, a global guide service that provides world-class experiences for adventurers of all ages. 

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Program Design

The Guide in Training will gain knowledge and skills in each of the listed areas below so as to teach/lead others and will be trained in Wilderness First Aid & CPR.

Core Skills

  • Mountaineering 
  • Whitewater Paddling
  • Rock Climbing 

Integrated Curriculum


  • Leadership
  • Communication 
  • Natural History 
  • Cultural History 
  • Service

Sample One-Week Itinerary

Day 1:    Welcome, gear check, first aid, CPR & camp setup.
Day 2:   Introduction to Stand Up Paddle Boarding on the Slate River.
Day 3:   Rafting and inflatable kayaking on the Gunnison River. 
Day 4:   Advanced rafting and inflatable kayaking on the Taylor River.
Day 5:    Rock Climbing: knots, belying, rappelling and climbing techniques.
Day 6:    Alpine Mountaineering, Guides Ridge Route, Mt. Crested Butte.
Day 7:    Peak Climb/Snow Ascent, closing ceremonies and graduation

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