Though intimidating to look at, this climb is a great introduction to technical alpine climbing or rock climbing depending on how the route is approached. Due to the varying levels of difficulty the Guides Ridge is perfect as a family outing for adventurous kids, or can be equally challenging for the seasoned alpine climber or rock jock.
We’ll begin the day with a quick and beautiful ride on the Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s Silver Queen lift to 11,500′. Riding the lift up helps to minimize the amount of hiking needed to get to the base of the route. A short traverse from the lift across the alpine boulder fields will take us to the base of the long and jagged 800′ arete known as the Guides Ridge. After a roped ascent of a few hours we arrive on the 12,162′ summit of Mt Crested Butte. From the summit we can enjoy an invigorating rappel for 60m directly off the top, or a leisurely stroll down the standard hiking route. Once back at the top of the Silver Queen lift, it is a quick and unbelievably scenic chairlift ride right back to the base area. Coupled with an apres drink or espresso, this is as European and civilized of a mountain adventure as you can get anywhere in the US.