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    Eli Helmuth, owner and head guide of ClimbingLife Guides and an IFMGA Licensed Mountain Guide demonstrates rock and ice climbing systems and techniques in these videos that are dedicated to increasing all climbers' risk management abilities.

    Increase your "bag of tricks" with these rock and ice techniques.

    For a complete and personalized training,  check-out our weekly climbing seminars or schedule your own private training. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Warning: These videos should be combined with professional training from a qualified climbing instructor to help avoid serious injury or death.  Climbing is dangerous and you are responsible for your own actions.

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        photo_section_web.jpg Eli Helmuth's photos from Rocky Mountain National Park and throughout the world.
      • International Climbing

        A sample of some of our favorite climbing experiences from around the world.


        • The Andes of Peru

          The Peruvian Andes are the Alps of South America and Huaraz its Chamonix. From here, the possiblities are endless, from virgin field of erratic boulders, to alpine big walls along with some of the most jagged and pyramidal  high mountains of the world.    A trip here is not to be missed, and once you've been, you'll have to return again and again.

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        • Ecuadorian Andes

          Ecuador contains some of the most spectacular and highest volcanoes in the world.  The three largest: Cayambe, Cotopaxi, and Chimborazo all present climbing challenges at a moderate technical difficulty.  Moving glaciers can change the climbing route's constantly.  The food, accomodations, and rich Andean culture here are very enjoyable and the volcano climbing is spectacular.

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        • Mallorca Rocks

          Mallorca, Spain is the small island, part of the Balearic Islands which sit off the eastern coast of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea.  Our short visit here in January of 2009 was a scouting trip for further and longer adventures in this mind-blowing limestone island landscape.

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        • British Stone

          Sheffield is the climbing capital of this small country due to its proximity to the highest concentration of gritstone and limestone cliffs in England.  The style of climbing is completely different between these two mediums and makes for a great contrast.  The countryside outside the city is forever green as can be the cliffs during the wet months, which could include all the months of the year.

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        • French Limestone

          Climbing and ski mountaineering are very popular sports in France and sport-climbing was practically invented here along with the art of bouldering and the pursuit of ski mountaineering.  Chamonix and La Grave are two of the better known French mountain towns along with the gorges of the Verdon, the soaring cliffs of Ceuse and the jagged island of Corsica- France is a climber and skier's dream come true.

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        • Thailand Tufa Pulling

          Thailand has one of the most inviting cultures plus tasty cuisine.  Combine these with some of the best rock climbing in the world and put a gorgeous beach with warm waters on all sides- what could be more perfect?

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        • Mexican Climbing

          Mexico is a great place for the climber and traveler to sample high altitude on the volcanoes of the central highlands and rock climbing in Portrero Chico near Monterrey is world-class.

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    • Current RMNP Conditions
      • Current RMNP Conditions


        Snow, Ice, and Avalanche Conditions Reports for Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado described by IFMGA Guide Eli Helmuth; an AIARE L1 and L2 Instructor, Avalanche Forecaster, AMGA Guide Trainer and Estes Park resident since 1999.

    • RMNP Ice and Mixed

      Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the premier ice and mixed climbing venues in North America with splitter granite faces,  ice from Oct-July, and numerous summits above 12,000' including the East Face of Longs Peak (14,256').

      The history of climbing in these mountains is one of the longest in North America  with technical ice and mixed routes in all seasons at all ranges of difficulty and commitment.

      Route development and exploration of the many nooks and crannies of this climber friendly terrain continues at a solid pace into this millenia and hopefully will forever as Rocky Mountain National Park provides true adventure, solitude, and unspoiled nature for those who seek it out.

    • Lumpy Ridge and Estes Rock







      • Sundance

        Sundance is the biggest gem of granite at Lumpy Ridge and at over 800' tall, home to many multi-pitch classics, including the Kor's Flake, Mainliner, and Nose routes up this steep, south-facing cliff which sits at the far western end of the Ridge.

      • Twin Owls

        The Twin Owls are closed for much of each year due to Peregrine nesting, often through the middle of July.  It is the steepest  formation at Lumpy Ridge with a range of classic routes from 5.5 to 5.13 in difficulty and it possesses a summit of unparalleled views.

      • The Bookmark

        The Bookmark, although smaller than it's nearby neighbor the Book, is a high-quality crag with routes up to 4 pitcnes in length.  It has a scenic summit and more complicated descents than other Lumpy Ridge formations.

      • The Book

        The Book contains a variety of high quality face and crack climbing routes from 1 to 5 pitches in length and has the highest concentration of routes at Lumpy Ridge.

    • RMNP Alpine Routes

      Rocky Mountain National Park has been a testing ground for alpinism and exploration since the late 19th Century and these steep sided peaks hold the majority of technical mountain climbing in Colorado.  

      Composed of an equal share of solid granite or featured gneiss, this high quality rock, ice and snow are made more challenging with high altitudes that combine to create a world-class climbing venue and training ground. 

      Summer in these mountains often produces violent thunderstorms which require early starts and an ability to descend quickly to avoid their wrath.  Winter can be cold and windy enough to make the extreme environment of Patagonia look relatively benign and even Everest can be warm compared to these peaks in a winter storm.

      • Longs Peak

        Dominated by the shear Diamond, this multi-faceted peak is composed of the highest quality granite.

      • Petit Grepon

        One of the most classic rock spires in North America and at a moderate grade to reach this airy summit.

      • Sharkstooth

        One of the highest and most soaring spires of the high country and RMNP's most inaccessible peak.

      • Flattop Mtn. North Face

        The hidden north face contains excellent terrain for steep couloirs and mixed routes with a summit walk-off.

      • Hallett Peak

        The North Butt is the nearest alpine wall to the road and this perfect gneiss is very climbable at all grades.

      • Notchtop

        An accessible big spire with a spectrum of  routes to access this striking summit with no easy descent.

      • Pagoda

        At 13,947'  this very triangular peak stands out with its slabby north face that stares down this cold valley. 

      • Spearhead

        The east face of this spiked monolith is littered with climbable cracks to a scramble-off summit.

      • Taylor Peak

        The east and south faces of this challenging peak hold classic snow, ice, and rock routes to a walk-off summit.

    • Ski Mountaineering
      • RMNP Ski Mountaineering

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        Ski Mountaineering in Rocky Mountain National Park is some of the most accessible and  dramatic in the lower 48. 

        The season typically lasts from November to July with approaches of 20 minutes to 4 hours for a range of objectives from mellow to extreme. 

        With backcountry skiing starting at altitudes of 9,500' and as high as the summit of Longs Peak at 14,255', the best skiing along the east side of the Continental Divide is easily accessed in just 20 minutes from the hamlet of Estes Park.


      • Alaskan Ski Mountaineering

        alaska ski mountaineeringThe Alaskan Mountain Ranges are some of the crown jewels of North American ski mountaineering.

        From the helicopter laden Valdez area to the interior of the Matanuska Glacier and the steep ski resort of Alyeska near Anchorage; the Chugach and Alaska Ranges are easily accessible from anywhere in the U.S., Canada, or Asia.

        Eli Helmuth has been skiing and climbing in AK annually since 1994 and he offers regular pilgrimages to the sweetest powder lines and top climbing that AK has to offer.

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