Rock climb, backcountry ski, hike hut-to-hut in the Colorado Rocky Mountains

Aspen Expeditions

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Rock climbing in the Colorado Rocky Mountains

Based out of Aspen Highlands, Aspen, Colorado, Aspen Expeditions offers an array of year-round Aspen adventures sports. The outfitter is a mountain guide service specializing in backcountry tours of the Rocky Mountains. They have been guiding and teaching Aspen rock climbing, ice climbing, backcountry skiing, hut-to-hut systems skills, avalanche avoidance and survival, and alpine mountaineering skills since 1977. They offer guided services as one of six authorized outfitters for the rugged 350-mile 10th Mountain Division Hut-to-hut system. Aspen Expeditions also leads mountaineering adventures to international destinations.

Hiking From Aspen to Crested Butte

Trek from Aspen to Crested Butte, beginning at the entrance to Maroon Bells Wilderness. Hike up the West Maroon Valley past Maroon Lake and Crater Lake. Experience dramatic views of North and South Maroon Bells and Pyramid Peak. Cross West Maroon Pass (12,490 feet) into the Scofield Basin, known for its fields of wildflowers. At the trailhead, a shuttle transports you to Crested Butte. Once in Crested Butte, you can choose to spend the night or take ground transportation over Kebler Pass back to Aspen.

Aspen Rock Climbing 15 Minutes from Town

Rock climb on the granite crags of Independence Pass15 minutes from Aspen. Aspen rock climbing beginners climb single-pitch crags, while multi-pitch routes are available for advanced climbers.

Backcountry Skiing Around Aspen

Aspen is surrounded by backcountry skiing opportunities for both intermediate and advanced alpine skiers. Castle Creek Valley is an ideal backcountry skiing venue just outside of Aspen. All necessary avalanche safety equipment is provided. Aspen Expeditions can provide state-of-the-art alpine touring gear and equipment.

Camping in Wilderness Areas Near Aspen

Aspen adventures include hiking and camping in natural areas like the Snowmass-Maroon Bells Wilderness, Independence Pass, Pyramid Pass amphitheater, Crater Lake, Willow Lake, Buckskin Pass, Midway, Lost Man, and the White River National Forest.

Hut-to-Hut Skiing Aspen Adventures

In the drainages above Aspen in scenic locations like Castle Creek, Hunter Creek, Woody Creek and the Fryingpan is a network of huts and cabins available for rental throughout the ski season from the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association and the Alfred A. Braun Hut System. Some huts are easy to get to and sleep as many as 16; others are less accessible and sleep 6. Hut trips are customizable and options for multi-day trips are available.

Avalanche Training in the Colorado Rockies

Avalanche education programs equip skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers, and snowmobilers with the knowledge and safety to enjoy the winter backcountry. Aspen Expeditions offers AIARE-certified Level 1 and Level 2 courses at a variety of times throughout the winter both on weekends and during the week.

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