Utah Desert Climbing

Everything from start to finish was amazing. We had an incredible time across both days. A wonderful introduction to Colorado rock climbing.
-Ben & Hesper Jacobs (Guide: Clay Meier)

Outstanding in all ways. Even the drizzle and snow turned the hike into a unique and interesting experience. Evan was great company for the day; enthusiastic in spite of the weather! I’d recommend him highly to anyone.
-Chris Canonica (Guide: Evan Ross)

My daughters Mariel and Julianne and I had an absolutely wonderful time on our trip with Peter and Evan.  They are really first rate guides (we couldn’t ask for better) and we appreciated their help on our rock climbing expeditionThis is our 6th summer in CB.
-Matt Clark (Guide: Evan Ross & Peter Horgan)

We initially used CBMGs for 1 or 2 rock climbing adventures. We met Amy 3 summers ago. She is a fantastic fit for our family. Because of her, we now booked 6 adventures with you. She has introduced us to new sports including mountain biking and paddle boarding. She is an excellent guide, and we feel very safe with her. I can not say enough wonderful things about her, and the experiences she is providing for my family!!
-Shalinee Singh (Guide: Amy Stevens)

alpine skills course exceeded my expectations.  I felt I really learned a lot about my snow climbing skills and about rock climbing.  Ian was a great teacher and I was highly impressed how he incorporated the safest approach into every thing we were doing and took the time to patiently explain to me why he did things a certain way (which was always to emphasize a climber’s safety).
-Gary Bright (Guide: Ian Havlcik)

We loved the Guides Ridge and our guides! Going for the summit was a great way to challenge the teens to overcome their fears. The guides were very encouraging and professional, and helped us reach our goals.
-Chad Williams from the Neural Activity Program (Guides: Evan Ross, Will Nunez, Amy Stevens, Laura Chase)

I would highly recommend the CBMG team to anyone who wants to experience the Rockies that only exists in your dreams. It’s real…. but you can’t get there alone!!!!! We’ll be back.
-Doug and Adele Revere (Guide: Laura Chase)

Owen and I had a great time with Ross in our Avalanche Refresher Course. Ross did an outstanding job conveying the essential info to Owen, getting him involved, and generally getting him even more psyched about backcountry skiing. I really appreciated the way Ross focused on our goals for the course. He struck a great balance of making sure both Owen and I were learning and engaged. Two thumbs up!
-Jason Berv & Owen Berv (age 12) (Guide: Ross Matlock)

Our experience with CBMG was incredible. You arranged a great trip for us, you were always quick to respond to questions or concerns. Will was an incredible guide. Throughout the entire trip he made us feel comfortable and safe, while also pushing us to do things that we would have never thought we could do. He was always positive and encouraging, and truly made me feel safe despite being way outside my comfort zone. Our meals were incredible; who knew that you could have salmon, pesto pasta with sun dried tomatoes, and kale salad on a camping trip?! I had no idea how amazing and life-changing our experience would be. While sitting around the campfire watching shooting stars I remember saying “this is the best thing we’ve ever done.” Thanks to CBMG for facilitating this amazing trip, and thanks to Will for making our trip unforgettable.
- Cate Spinney (Guide: Will Nunez)

I was able to go on a backcountry ski trip with your service this pasted December. It was a life changing experience, now I dream of when I can go back. You have a first class service, and I would – and have – tell all my friends to contact you. My guide John MacKinnon was great. He was patient and yet demanding in all the right places. It really did open up a new world of skiing.
-Steel Fletcher (Guide: John MacKinnon)

Thanks for the trip. With my girl friend and I having varying degrees of experience, you were great in leading a mind blowing, back country, mountain ski experience. The Hut in Gothics was very comfortable. The food was perfect for the occasion. Even with the snow conditions being as they were, the skiing was still great because you used your knowledge of the local snow to seek out the good ‘stuff.’ We were both impressed with your knowledge of avalanches, your professional background; ( the years you spent in ski patrol, and the guiding ) and the ability to bring it all together in a good time. Looking forward to booking additional trips with you in the near future.
-Rob Yager (Guide: Jayson Simons-Jones)

I took the Level 1 Avalanche Course this past weekend and didn’t get to thank Scott and Ross. They both did such a great job. I’m sure it’s hard to be enthusiastic about teaching this stuff over and over again, but that certainly was not the case, and their interest and demeanor is much appreciated.
-Nikki LaRochelle (Guides: Ross Matlock & Scott Krankkala)

I really appreciate your great leadership and attitude on the climb – it could not have gone better. We all felt very secure with your and Ian’s knowledge and experience, and absolutely could not have achieved the summit without your guidance. Thanks for a great day. Perfect day and perfect trip. Again, my hat’s of to you and Ian.
-Phil Lakin (Guides: Jayson Simons-Jones & Ian Hatchett)

It was a fun and challenging day, warm and cold at the same time, nervous about falling on my wrists and excited to feel a glide and to be on an outing while snow came falling down. I want to learn how to be comfortable all day in such weather conditions, it was a good learning experience. I also wish to tell you how great of a guide Dan was: very patient, positive, encouraging, educated and is well traveled. I actually learned a lot on saturday compared to another snow shoe tour I’ve taken. I also really appreciated hearing about past trips (he has been to a lot of my dream travel adventures), and life in the mountains up here. Thank you so much.
-Lauren Denton (Guide: Dan Escalante)

I wanted to thank Crested Butte Mountain Guides and Steve Banks for an incredible day climbing Sherman Falls. Steve’s climbing ability, professional demeanor and friendly attitude were fantastic. He impressed me with his emphasis on safety as well as his clear enjoyment of a day on the ice. After setting the ice screws and top rope for the first pitch and verifying my gear was set he began my climb by looking at me with a smile and saying “Hey, don’t forget – you’re on vacation – enjoy yourself while your learning something”. Although I would have been satisfied to repeatedly climb the first 90 foot section, Steve inspired me to complete the next two longer sections on a top belay, during which my knowledge, technique and comfort factor with climbing ice improved dramatically. Perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of Steve’s character was his obvious enjoyment of the view of the valley as we rested on the small shelves at the completion of each pitch of the climb.
-John Frank (Guide: Steve Banks)

I’m back home now but I want to thank you again for setting up my ski trip.  Ross was The Best! I would have never been able to do Red Lady on my own. He gave the right amount of encouragement, waited up for me as needed, and picked a great line down.  The second day at Gothic/Snodgrass was fun too as we found some very nice powder tucked in the trees on the north facing slopes.  What a blast!
-Timothy Powell (Guide: Ross Matlock)

Due to my great experience with Steve Banks and his high degree of professionalism, my wife Myriam and I will be booking repeated rock climbing lessons for ourselves and our children during our stay in Crested Butte this summer. Thanks again for your assistance in arranging and executing a fantastic ice climb – I will look forward to longer and more challenging climbs with CBMG.
-Glen Legge (Guide: Steve Banks)