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World Class Climbing & Mountain Guides in Colorado

Golden Mountain Guides is Colorado’s premier choice for unparalleled climbing, hiking, and mountaineering expeditions. We are distinguished by the experience, qualifications, and caliber of our guides, each of whom receives continued education and is certified by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). When you choose Golden Mountain Guides, you can expect unparalleled quality and only certified, experienced guides leading you through some of the most memorable adventures in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and the world.

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Introduction to backcountry skiing course in Colorado
Introduction to Backcountry Skiing

Are you new to backcountry skiing and eager to explore the untamed beauty of Colorado? Join us for our Introduction to Backcountry Skiing course this winter! This course is designed specifically for those seeking an introduction to this exhilarating winter sport. If you have a passion for skiing or riding and a desire to explore…

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Avalanche level one course in Colorado
Avalanche Level 1

Explore the enchanting and dynamic world of winter backcountry landscapes while equipping yourself with essential knowledge and skills to make informed decisions in avalanche terrain. Our AIARE 1 Avalanche Course is your gateway to understanding the fundamental principles of avalanche safety, risk assessment, and rescue techniques.   We offer traditional, 3-day in person courses, and…

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Lincoln Falls ice climbing in Breckenridge Colorado
Lincoln Falls

Lincoln Falls, located on Hoosier Pass between Breckenridge and Alma, is one of the premiere ice climbing destinations in Colorado. It is a convenient drive from the Denver area and routinely holds some of the best early and late season ice around. Sitting at the base of the Colorado Fourteener Mount Lincoln, this ice venue…

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Gear, guides &
Adventure included!

We know there is no one-size-fits-all approach to adventure. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or expert looking to climb a half-day, full-day, or whole week, our AMGA-certified guides will customize your experience to meet your unique skill level and taste for excitement. Even better, all gear is included.

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Privately guided ice climbing trips in Colorado
Privately Guided Ice Climbing

Ready to embark on an ice climbing adventure of a lifetime? We are the premier destination for unforgettable privately guided ice climbing trips. Immerse yourself in the thrill of scaling frozen waterfalls with our expert guides. Winter time in Colorado is our playground! Colorado boasts some of the very best ice climbing in the lower…

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Big ice climbing routes in Alaska
Alaska Ice Climbing

Alaska needs little introduction as a winter paradise. As the largest state in the country, there is an abundance of incredible ice climbing centered around Anchorage. And we are excited to share it with you! Join us and our professional guides for some of the absolute best ice climbing around Anchorage, Palmer, and Wasilla. South…

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An ice climbing guide climbing in Clear Creek Canyon in Golden Colorado
Golden Ice Climbing

Welcome to the thrilling world of ice climbing in Golden, Colorado – where the rugged beauty of the Rocky Mountains meets the heart-pounding excitement of frozen waterfalls! Nestled against the majestic backdrop of the foothills, Golden has some of the most captivating ice climbing in the Denver area. Our expertly curated ice climbing trips offer…

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Conservation,
Education,
Stewardship

As climbers, we respect the land we're fortunate to operate on. Our mission is to foster conservation, outdoor education, and environmental stewardship. That means we model the principles of leave no trace. We teach people how to practice environmental stewardship, like replacing old anchors we encounter. We strive to create transformative adventures that inspire climbers of all ages and skill levels both today and in the future.

What Our Clients Are Saying
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five stars Highly recommend Golden Mountain Guides for an amazing climbing experience. Especially Thomas, who is an amazing teacher, we learned so much from him in our time together. - Stephanie Poole
five stars Wish I could give more stars! We have climbed with GMG the third time and will definitely be climbing again. Ben and his team always tries to be flexible and meet our needs. He is... - Dr. Dominic Thurmer
five stars Had a wonderful day climbing! Will recommend Golden Mountain Guides to anyone looking for a day on the rocks.Peter was amazing! My young climber can’t believe how much he learned and cannot wait to go... - Leslie Romarine
five stars We climbed in Eklutna Canyon, in Alaska with Pat. He was fabulous, very experienced and well trained. We felt very safe and would highly recommend getting out on a climb with him. Thanks to Ben... - Charline Pysher
five stars I had the best time rock climbing for the first time outdoors! Luc was awesome, you can tell he is very experienced and had so much knowledge. It made me feel super safe and at... - lainie Dyer
five stars My mom and I had a great morning climbing in Clear Creek Canyon! Our guide Pat was wonderful. He refreshed my mom on the basics of top roping and we we were able to get... - Lindsay Kennedy
five stars Their guide was so kind and patient that I would be back over and over again. Best experience ever with Luke. So good at his job being so young. See you again soon and would... - M B
five stars Luc was my guide, he was amazing. Very personable. I am a beginner climber and he was patient in helping me learn. He was knowledgeable about the area and took me to several different areas... - Curtis Ober
five stars Peter was an amazing guide. Our trip to Lincoln falls was better than I could of hoped for. He explained the whole process throughly so my girlfriend and I could both understand. Which made the... - Peter Vrutneski
five stars Absolutely incredible experience! Would highly recommend Thomas as a guide. This was my first time climbing outdoors and Thomas made sure we had the best experience and felt safe the entire time. Would definitely use... - Sharon Halloran
five stars I went out to North Table Mountain for a day of intro to TRAD and rappelling with Golden Mountain Guides. Peter was our guide for the day and he was super great. Highly recommended. Great... - Will Bober
five stars This was our second time climbing with Tristan and Golden Mountain Guides. Another fantastic experience , this time at the Flatirons with my teenage son. Well worth the cost, and Tristan tailored the climbs and... - Seth Bolte
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Meet Our Guides
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Ben Coryell
Owner/Director of Operations
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Whitney Vestal
Owner/Marketing Director
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Joe Thompson is an IFMGA guide living and working in Colorado
Joe Thompson
Director of Guiding Operations
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Doug Simpson
Guide/Operations Manager
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Thomas Gilmore
Senior Guide
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Pat Schmalix
Guide
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Peter Thomas
Guide
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Tristan Perry
Guide
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Giving Back to the Community

We are dedicated to giving back to the communities and lands in which we live, work, and thrive. In addition to donating a percentage of our profits to areas we climb, such as the City of Boulder and Rocky Mountain National Park, we donate educational guided trips to Jefferson County, engage in stewardship projects like cleaning Lincoln Falls, contribute to the Outdoor Lab program for leadership development, and run a mentorship initiative. It is our honor to support the people and places we love in our beautiful state.

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