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Mountain Programs

The challenge of the rugged Rocky Mountains awaits your Crew. Our mountain program offers a diverse range of activities to meet the needs and desires of everyone attending RMHAB. There are five mountain programs options that your Crew can choose to participate in.

Colorado Trail (Included in fees)

This is a popular, moderate, backpacking trip intended for novice crews. You and your Scouts will participate in a two-day trek into the Rockies with our Mountain Rangers along the Colorado Trail, hiking approximately 15 miles. After receiving training in hiking, backpacking and low impact camping your crew will begin their two-day trek with our guides. We provide your meals and snacks on the trails and can provide tents and cooking equipment. However if your troop does own such trail equipment, you can bring the gear that you are familiar with for your own comfort and convenience. Remember to bring along a camera to help you record your Rocky Mountain experience.

The Fourteener Challenge (included in fees)

The Fourteener Challenge is a series of extremely difficult treks intended for Scouts and leaders in TOP physical condition. For troops experienced in backpacking and seeking a highly challenging but rewarding trek, we offer these mountains over 14,000 feet high...

Mount Shavano (Elevation 14,299)

This trek involves a 2.5 mile hike the first day to the base camp. You will wake up around 4:00am the next morning to avoid thunderstorms, giving you the best chance of completing the 4-mile trip to the summit and back for a total of 13 miles and 5000 vertical feet gain. If snow conditions permit, this may involve a glissade down a snowfield.

Mount Ouray

Mount Ouray is named after the famous Ute Chief and is an extinct volcano. The base is not permitted by the Forest Service to professionally guide this trek but we will provide all transportation, gear, guidance, etc. for a non-guided one-day or two-day trek. The day hike would start at Marshall Pass on the Continental Divide Trail just to the west of Mt. Ouray at 10,500 feet. It is a difficult hike to the summit. (Elevation 13,971) 29 feet shy of 14,000. (Optional trek) The first day your Crew will hike 6.5 miles up Silver Creek to Marshall Pass following beaver ponds most of the way. The elevation gain will be from 9,000 to almost 11,000 feet. Marshall Pass is a gorgeous area filled with green mountain meadows, beaver ponds, mule deer and Mount Ouray’s awesome peak standing over you. The second day you will continue on the Continental Divide Trail to summit Ouray. After hitting the summit you will look down the front to see the bowl of the volcano called the Devil's Armchair. Your decent will be the same route and my Staff will pick you up at Marshall Pass. This is not a trek for the lighthearted. Please take careful consideration on taking this trek. Mt. Ouray is extremely difficult. Starting at Marshall Pass, the average trek to summit is 1 ½ mile and takes around 5 hours to summit. This trek is recommended only for HIGHLY experienced Crews.

Mount Antero (Elevation 14,269)

It is our most difficult trek due to its length. The first day you will hike 6.5 miles to base camp at Brown's Lake. The next morning will involve a 4:00am awakening to avoid thunderstorms along the 4 miles to the summit. You will then hike the 10.5 miles back to the trailhead for a total of 21 miles and 5000 feet vertical gain. NOTE: This could be the most difficult but rewarding effort you will ever undertake, and due to such factors as weather and personal reactions to extremely high altitudes, we cannot guarantee that every person in your group will make it!

SELF-GUIDED MOUNTAIN TREKS

Your crew may choose to take on a fourteener without being guided by one of our Rangers. We will provide all gear, food, maps, directions, radio and transportation to and from the trailhead. You can climb Mt. Princeton, Mt. Ouray, Mt. Yale, Mt. Harvard, Mt. Columbia, Mt. Oxford, Mt. Massive, and the tallest in Colorado, 2nd highest in the continental USA, Mt. Elbert.

CONTINENTAL DIVIDE DAY HIKE (PECKS PEAK)

(Additional fee of approx. $7.00 per person charged by gondola operator) Prices may change without notice. For this low cost you can ride to the top of the Continental Divide in a gondola and spend the day hiking around the top of the world. The $7.00 fee is paid directly to the operator of the gondola. Your crew will have the opportunity to proceed down the beautiful mountain trail and over to Peck’s Peak. This activity is less physically demanding that the backpacking option and does not include an overnight on the trail. This activity typically last about a half day and is great to partner with another activity.

CONTINENTAL DIVIDE TREK: (Self-Guided).

The Divide Trek can be a two or three day trek. This trek will start at Monarch Pass. Your crew will be taken to Monarch Pass where your trek will start at 11,312 feet in elevation. You will head south on the Continental Divide trail. Most of this trail is above tree line and has a beautiful view in any direction. It is a 10.5-mile trek to Marshall Pass. You may choose to camp anywhere on the divide trail or if you can make it to Marshall Pass, you can camp in a miners cabin. After a night of rest you will continue along the Divide trail south to the Silver Creek Trail and head downhill through many switchbacks and beaver ponds or you may decide to summit Mt. Ouray. Base Staff members will pick you up wherever you chose to end your trek. This is a fantastic trek. This is another extremely demanding trek, due to exposure, and should be considered by only by experienced crews.

5-DAY BACKPACKING TREKS

Rocky Mountain High Adventure Base will take your crew on a 5-day backpacking trek. Rocky Mountain furnishes all gear such as tents, cook gear, water filters and food. All you need to bring is your personal gear. We will guide you on the Colorado Trail and summit 14 thousand foot mountains such as Mt. Antero, Mt. Shavano and Mt. 14 Tabuguache. You will start your trek at the Angel of Shavano Trail Head and hike north to the chalk cliffs of Mt. Princeton. On the way you may chose to summit any or all of the 14er’s. If your crew decides that they would like to do this 5-day trek but still would like to do white water, you will need to contact the Base Director for an extended stay plan and discuss any additional fees associated.

Rocky Mountain High Adventure Base will take your crew on a 5-day backpacking trek. Rocky Mountain furnishes all gear such as tents, cook gear, water filters and food. All you need to bring is your personal gear. We will guide you on the Colorado Trail and summit 14 thousand foot mountains such as Mt. Antero, Mt. Shavano and Mt. 14 Tabuguache. You will start your trek at the Angel of Shavano Trail Head and hike north to the chalk cliffs of Mt. Princeton. On the way you may chose to summit any or all of the 14er’s. If your crew decides that they would like to do this 5-day trek but still would like to do white water, you will need to contact the Base Director for an extended stay plan and discuss any additional fees associated.

MOUNTAIN LAKE FISHING TRIPS (Additional license fees below)

For those who prefer to sample the magnificent Colorado fishing, we offer self-guided, one and two day trips to several scenic mountain lakes. You can backpack from the trailhead to a mountain lake located just below the tree line. Elevations of the lakes and hiking distance will vary depending on which trip you embark upon. Also you can be taken by vehicle to the mountain lake O’Haver, fish for one day or spend the night. There will be ample room to spread out your camp and then enjoy some of the finest mountain fishing in Colorado. There is an additional $5 Colorado Parks Pass per vehicle required for this option. Fishing permits will be required for fishing on any Colorado waters Non-Resident One Day Permit: $9.00, Non-Resident five-day permit: $21.00. Note: Prices may change without notice. Youth 15 years old or younger are not required to have a fishing license. RMHAB does not sell fishing permits however they are available only 10 minutes from camp.

RAPPELLING/ROCKCLIMBING (Included in fees)

This program will be offered to a limited number of participants. This number depends on the availability of suitable climbs and number of guides. In the past we have been able to accommodate all requests for climbing. Our climbing is on pure solid Rocky Mountain Granite. The climbs and rappels range from 30 feet to 160 feet in height. Due to the challenging nature of the activity, the climbing program is typically done as a one day program option. Combine rock climbing, mountain biking, beaver pond fishing, day hiking and camping all rolled into one program for your crew.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

You may choose, as part of your program, a mountain bike experience. We provide GT mountain bikes with guides available for 1 day, and 2-day overnight rides, or take your Crew out on their own bike trek. Note: There are a number of terrific mountain bike treks that may be adapted specifically to your crews needs and experience level. Because of this, there are too many options to note in this leaders guide. Please contact the base director for more details on customizing your personal Mountain Biking Trek. Don't forget your gloves!

CUSTOMIZED TREKS

Rocky Mountain High Adventure Base has an open mind. If there is a trek that you would like to try other than the programs discussed, give us a call and we will try to design a trek that will fit your Crews needs. We can offer 1 to 10 day mountain treks on foot or bike and can including fishing opportunities. Offer ideas and we will try to work it into the schedule.

Rocky Mountain High Adventure Base has an open mind. If there is a trek that you would like to try other than the programs discussed, give us a call and we will try to design a trek that will fit your Crews needs. We can offer 1 to 10 day mountain treks on foot or bike and can including fishing opportunities. Offer ideas and we will try to work it into the schedule.
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