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Experience new heights while mountaineering in the Elk Mountains.

Mountaineering is one of the most rewarding activities you can do – use your technical rock and snow skills, route finding, and outdoor savvy to summit a peak. While you don’t need to have all of these skills, our guides do – and they want to share them with you and show you what it’s like to stand on top of the world. 

Whether it is your first mountaineering excursion or you are a seasoned veteran looking for a challenge, our guides can offer you a safe, fun, experience. Come try a coveted winter mountaineering ascent and ski some of the famous Sawatch & Collegiate Range 14er’s. Or, challenge your skills with a technical roped spring climb of Crestone Peak & Crestone Needle, famously two of the most difficult Colorado 14er’s to summit. Whatever you goals and aspirations, our guides can custom-design a Colorado Mountaineering trip just for you.

Inclusions

  • Professional & knowledgeable guide(s)
  • Any technical gear – map, compass, first aid kit, water treatment system 
  • Transportation to trailhead and pick up 
  • Rescue access and response if needed 
  • Detailed packing list provided upon reservation

Photographer Add-on

Let us capture your memories so you can focus on your adventure! A photographer is $350 per trip and based on availability. Please let the Irwin Guide’s office know 48hrs before your trip if you would like to add this to your reservation.

Mount Crested Butte’s Guides Ridge

Full Day

$375

First Person

$155

Each Additional Person

Guided Climbs

Ride the Silver Queen lift to about 12,000’ (1 time lift ticket included). Ascend an 800’ ridge to the peak of Mount Crested Butte for epic views of the West Elk mountain range.

2:1

Guest to Guide Ratio

14er Link-ups/Traverse & Climbing

Full Day

$

Pricing varies, please contact our office

Guided Climbs

Ruby Traverse, Mt. Shavano, Tabeguache, & Mt. Antero, Columbia, Harvard, La Plata, Massive, Elbery, Crestone Needle, Crestone Peak, and Humbolt.

3:1

Guest to Guide Ratio

Tech Mountaineering

Full Day

$

Pricing varies, please contact our office

Guided Climbs

Crestone Needle, Crestone Peak, and Avery Slabs

2:1

Guest to Guide Ratio

How to Book

Please call our office at 970-349-5430 or email us at [email protected]

Tour Details

The Trails2

The Trails

Crested Butte offers a wide variety of technical & non-technical mountaineering opportunities. Join Irwin Guides to explore the high alpine with our skilled guides.

Family Friendly2

Family Friendly

Mountaineering in Crested Butte is a fun way to experience the numerous peaks around the Gunnison Valley. Enjoy the Rocky Mountains with the whole family, our guides will set you up for success. 

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The Ruby Traverse

The Ruby Traverse is a legendary ridge traverse connecting nine peaks in the Ragged Wilderness. Discover the high alpine around Crested Butte on this all day adventure. Call our office today to inquire about pricing and availability.

What to Bring2

What to Bring

We suggest bringing a backpack, food, snacks, water, hiking poles, sunscreen, hat, and for overnights, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and tent. 

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The Crestones

The Crestones are notoriously difficult and dangerous 14,000 foot peaks. Join Irwin Guides for the adventure of a lifetime. Call our office today to inquire about pricing and availability.

Clinics2

Clinics

Alpine Skills Clinic is available to enhance your mountaineering skills. Call our office today to inquire about pricing and availability.

Experience something new in the high alpine

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