Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a a list of frequently asked questions. We are always available to answer additional questions by phone or email.

What do I need to bring?
Generally speaking, you will need to bring comfortable clothing for the weather conditions, water bottle(s), food, sunscreen, and sunglasses. In your confirmation email, we will send you an equipment list that will outline what you will need for your program. If there are additional requirements for your program a list will be provided in your confirmation email or available on the webpage of the trip you are interested in.

Can I rent gear through Peak Mountain Guides?
Yes, we have a full array of climbing and skiing equipment available for rent if you are not hiring a guide. Technical climbing equipment is always included with Peak trips. Our rental gear pricing sheet can be found under the rental gear tab at

How physically fit do I have to be?
For our introductory level programs, no special fitness is required. For more advanced programs such as backcountry ice climbing, multi-pitch rock climbing, or ski mountaineering it is necessary to have a certain level fitness. If you are unsure about the suitability of your fitness level, please ask and we can discuss the unique requirements for your trip.

Does Peak Mountain Guides customize trips?
Yes, all of our private programs are catered to your interests and ability level. We can customize itineraries, activities, and times as you wish.

Who will my guide be?
We are one of the only guide services in the country with an entire staff of instructors and guides who are certified by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). All of our guides have attended rigorous guide training courses and have passed guide certification exams. They are also compassionate individuals who genuinely love working with people in the outdoors. Any of them will do a fantastic job for you. In some cases you will be introduced to your guide well in advance, especially for trips such as expeditions. However, for some local climbing days you may meet your guide the morning of.

Should I tip my guides?
Tipping is very much appreciated but not required. If you enjoyed your experience and your guide contributed to the success of your day, you are welcome to thank them with a gratuity. Gratuity of 10% to 20% of the total trip cost is customary.

How do I book a trip?
You can book a trip by calling our office at 970-325-7342 or sending an email to Each trip is a unique event for us and our registration process reflects our commitment to individualized service.

What happens if I need to cancel my trip?
If notice of cancellation is given in writing at least 60 days prior to the Program start date, you will be refunded your full deposit except for a $50.00 processing fee. If notice of cancellation is given in writing within 60 days of the Program start date, cancellation fees will apply. For a detailed description of the cancellation policy, please visit the Terms & Conditions tab at

Can I transfer my registration to another course on different dates?
If you wish to transfer your registration to a different Program, a $50.00 administrative fee will be charged. Transfers are not allowed if the transfer would result in cancellation of the original Program due to low enrollment. 

Should I purchase trip insurance?
We strongly recommend you purchase trip cancellation insurance to cover the cost of your Program and associated travel costs in the event you need to cancel your Program. Travel Insurance is available from a variety of providers such as TravelEx.

Do I need to sign a waiver?
In order to participate in a Program you are required to sign the Peak Mountain Guides Participant Release of Liability and Assumption Of Risk Agreement (the “Release”). This can be found with this link to Smartwaiver. You will be provided with an opportunity to review the Release before booking your program.

What activities do you suggest for children?
Rock climbing is a rewarding and memorable activity for children ages 6 and up. Canyoning and ice climbing can be enjoyed by children ages 8 and up. For slightly older kids with good fitness, a climb to the summit of Mt. Sneffels can be a highlight of the summer.

Is there a minimum age requirement?
Children must be at least 6 years old to rock climb and at least 8 years old to ice climb or canyon.

Can I lead climb?
Yes, it is possible to lead climb during your program. You will need to demonstrate competency before you are allowed to do a real lead. In many cases the guide will request you perform a “mock lead”.