Vail snow !

25 10 2010

The snow is falling and there’s more in the forecast! Looking out the window, there are 2 inches of snow on the ground and more to come.

That’s great news for our Vail ice climbing and backcountry skiing! We may be off to a banner year. We’ll keep you posted on development of the backcountry snowpack, as well as local ice conditions.

If you’d like to learn more about us, visit or call directly at (888) 686-7685.

In the meantime, put your ice or ski boots on and do your best winter dance!


Wilderness First Responder and WFR recertification courses Nov ’10

19 10 2010

Our Wilderness Medicine courses are coming up quickly and there’s still spots available!

Wilderness First Responder is being offered November 7-14, and WFR recertification is being offered November 6-7. Both courses are certified through world-renowned SOLO Wilderness Medicine. For more info or to register, visit or call 888-686-7685 or 970-949-9111.

Amazing Video Footage

22 07 2010

Recently we blogged about Apex’s Eric Alexander guiding blind climber Erik Weihenmayer to the summit of Alpamayo. Fortunately, the two climbers shot amazing footage during their ascent and summit.
The strength of human spirit to push past hardships and difficulties and achieve monumental objectives is nothing short of amazing.  This is an impressive example of a person willing to do whatever it takes, within a reasonable margin of safety, to be successful. Continued kodus go out to Erik and Eric from  Apex.

The video clip is called “Alpamayo” and you can find it here –

Millet Peuterey 35 LTD

17 07 2010
Millet Peuterey 35 LTD

Millet Peuterey 35 LTD,

Millet Peuterey 35 LTDGear Review: Millet Peuterey 35 LTD


The Millet Peuterey 35 LTD is an all mountain bag for both the summer and winter use.   35 liters offers more than enough space for a day at the rock wall or even a full night’s ascent of a 14ern, complete with snow and ice.   The Free Flex Lit system ensures a comfortable fit, which bends and moves with your body’s motion.  The pack also includes Ice axe holders for ice climbing tools, and ski attachment straps for winter back country trips.  A gear loop is located on the waist belt for essential climbing gear, with a hip belt pocket for fast access to an energy bar or compass.

Initial impression:

At first glance, the bag looks rugged and is built with quality materials.  The use of heavy and durable nylon with a reinforced bottom will be great for all seasons and multi- uses.  The stitches are reinforced with extra material and all straps on the bag are built for abuse in mountains.

I loaded the bag with 35 pounds and I am impressed with the way it handle the load.  I felt very little pressure on my shoulders (with proper adjustment).  The Padding on the waist belt is thick enough to spread the pressure evenly across my waist but thin enough to not hinder with my body’s movement.  The 3d mesh up to this point has been quite comfortable and even keeps my back at a comfortable temperature in 85 degree weather with full sun high in the Rockies. The shoulder suspension’s system moves nicely on my test walks.  I am impressed with the quality and the build of the bag.  I like the cool graphics they have added on the back of the pack, more aesthetics than functional. The real test for me in my opinion will be using the bag all summer long on rock climbing trips, climbs of 14,000 foot mountains, and other excursions, but our first impression of this bag is that it is truly a climber’s backpack from a climber’s company.  We’ve purchased two of these for company guides and will provide an update of our lasting impression of the Millet Peuterey 35 LTD, post use.


  • Internal Frame
  • Volume: 35 liter/ 2135 cubic inches
  • 1500 Grams / 3.3 pounds
  • 16 -20 inches torso
  • 31-50 Inches in the waist
  • Two Stays
  • Top and front loading
  • Unisex


  • Ski and ice axe attachment straps
  • vertical zipper
  • Heat molded Belt
  • Hydration compatible
  • 4 pockets
  • Rubberized zippers for smooth operation and weather resistance
  • Gear loop on the waist belt
  • Free flex lit suspension system

Scenic Cruise of the black Canyon in Gunnison

10 06 2010

Apex Mountain School guides, Scott Smith and Curtis Green, topped out on The Scenic Cruise in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison on Friday June 4th around dinner time. The rim of the canyon, 2000 feet above them, looked down upon them most of the day with a slight grin and the promise of one amazing adventure. Armed with determination and focus, at 4:30 am, Scott and Curtis began the task of descending between the chasm walls to reach the start of the route. Curtis and Scott took turns leading the exposed and exciting leads. They did not plan on spending the night on the wall; the only gear they carried was what was necessary to sustain their energy and essential climbing gear to protect the climb. Halfway up, they ran out of precious water. With a second (and maybe third) wind they reached the top of canyon rim looking for food, water and cold beer (although the warm beer tasted just fine).   Congratulations!

For some great photos of rock climbing in the Black Canyon visit us on Face book at!/pages/Apex-Mountain-School/96532368658?ref=ts

If you would like to learn more about the amazing Black Canyon of the Gunnison, visit

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Colorado Wilderness First Responder schedule release from Apex

2 03 2010

Our 2010 Colorado Wilderness First Responder schedule is out, and we’ve answered your request for more courses with, well, more courses. We’ll be providing more Wilderness Medicine courses this year – A full Wilderness First Responder course during May as well as a WFR recertification course, and another full colorado wfr course and colorado wfr recert course  in October. We hope this addresses the need for more high-quality wilderness medicine training courses needed so badly in Colorado, and we look forward to seeing all of our 2010 course entrants soon!

Vail Ice Climbing video

2 03 2010

Vail Ice Climbing video posted on youtube … for those of you that just can’t get enough of our East Vail ice climbing, we’ve posted yet another video for your viewing pleasure. Conditions on the ice have been outstanding this year, despite the lacking early season snow deficit. The Vail Rock Climbing season is right around the corner, so keep an eye out for our up-coming rock climbing videos – we’ll do our best to keep them coming as fast as we can!