Summer Adventures Photo Gallery

Photos of summer adventures with Peak Mountain Guides

We have had a great summer at Peak Mountain Guides with lots of successful rock climbing, canyoning, and peak climbs.  The Ouray Rotary Park gained 10 additional routes in July, nearly doubling the amount of moderate climbing at this popular crag.  The canyoning conditions have been great with steady water flows throughout the summer.  It has also been a good summer for alpine climbing and we have had a nearly 100% summit success rate on our 14’er climbs.

Rock Climbing

Over 10 new rock climbing routes were added to the Rotary Park in July, nearly doubling the number of moderate routes available. It has been a nice addition to one of our favorite crags. We have also been enjoying climbs of multi-pitch routes like Princess Ella’s Magical Adventure, Otto’s Route on Independence Monument, and Ancient Art near Moab.

Tyrolean Traverse in Ouray, Colorado

Doing a Tyrolean traverse on the way to climb Princess Ella’s Magical Adventure.

Rock Climbing in the Alcove near Ouray, Colorado

Rock climbing in The Alcove, a great crag about 15 minutes from our office in Ouray.

New routes at the Ouray Rotary Park

The main wall at the Ouray Rotary Park. Many new routes have been added.


It has been a great summer for canyoning in Ouray. We had hot weather in June that was a perfect compliment to the routinely cold early summer runoff. It made for many pleasant canyoning days throughout the month. In July we scheduled our trips almost entirely in the morning to get ahead of afternoon showers. August has been just about perfect for canyoning with moderate water flows and ideal temperatures.

summer trips photo gallery

Canyoning in Angel Creek, about 15 minutes from Ouray.

Canyoning Ouray is fun for kids

9 year old Drew Wade enjoying a dip in a bubbling pool during a canyoning trip.

Alpine Climbing

Our alpine season started with long-lasting snow coverage throughout the mountains. For most of June, we were using crampons and ice axe for just about all of our alpine climbs in the range. This made for good learning opportunities and very aesthetic climbing. As the summer moved along, the snow melted away and many alpine routes became climbable in sneakers. We have had many enjoyable summits of Mt. Sneffels, Wilson Peak, and Wetterhorn Peak.

Wilson Peak climb July 2017

Climbing Wilson Peak near Telluride, Colorado.

sunrise over the san juan mountains

A beautiful sunrise over the San Juan Mountains as seen during a climb of Mt. Sneffels.

The Summer is Not Over Yet!

There is still lots of time to experience the great climbing in the San Juan Mountains. September and October are terrific months to climb a peak, do a rock climb, or experience canyoning. The weather becomes more stable and the crowds diminish, making the fall a great time to get outside. We hope you will join us!