Bike: Front Range Mountain Bike (4 day)
The Ultimate Colorado Front Range Mountain Bike Experience for intermediate to advanced riders.
River Guide Training
Our Colorado River Guide Training program is a two-week intensive course that provides an opportunity for river rafting enthusiasts and aspiring whitewater professionals to develop essential decision-making skills on rivers of varying difficulty and character.
Program Dates: May 8-12 (Monday-Friday) & May 15-19 (Monday-Friday)
Program Fee: $500
Areas of river instruction include:
- River Gear
- River Hydrology, Hazards, and Classifications
- River Navigation and Boat Control
- River Signals and Communication
- Swiftwater Rescue
- Boat Rigging and Rope Management
- Components of a Basic River Trip
- Conflict Resolution and Critical Incident Protocol
- 18 or over
- Reasonably fit
- Adequate dexterity and range of motion
- Strong swimmer
Provided: (temporary) PFD, paddle, helmet, splash jacket, raft, ropes, etc., campsite
Not provided: wetsuit, drysuit, warm-layer clothing, footwear, food, camp gear
Expect and prepare for program environment / conditions, which include:
- Up to 10 days outdoors in mid-May on rivers in northern Colorado, including sections of the Colorado River near Kremmling.
- Long and sometimes cold days.
- May averages: 64° High / 31° Low. Five days of rainfall.
- Weather fluctuation: sun, rain, snow, wind, etc.
- Swimming in swift-moving current (up to Class III rapids) and cold river water.
- Walking along rocky and slippery shorelines.
- Carrying boats and gear.
Colorado River Guide Training is ideal for:
- Aspiring whitewater professionals.
- Private whitewater and river enthusiasts seeking to enhance skills.
- Outdoor adventure enthusiasts and experiential learners.
- Experiential gift givers looking for unusual graduation, anniversary, birthday, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, or retirement gift ideas
Itinerary: We depart from your hotel or a central meeting spot in Boulder Colorado (Boulder, Co) or Denver Colorado (Denver, Co) and drive 45 minutes to the designated adventure mountain biking trailhead. While driving, we will cover vital safety and riding considerations. After arriving at the trailhead, we will custom fit your mountain bike, if we did not do so prior to departing, and then head off for a 5-6 hour great Colorado mountain bike tour. Day 1: Mountain Biking Skill Clinic and Tour of South Boulder Area. Morning Itinerary: 2-3 hours skills development in Boulder Area. Times: 8 am – 11 am. Afternoon Itinerary: South Boulder Area and Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks. Mountain biking loops. (13-18 miles and 1000’ of ascent. Physical difficulty: moderate. Technical ability: east to moderate. Single and doublewide tracks. Altitudes of 5600-6300’. Times: 12 pm – 4 pm. Day 2: Golden Colorado Area Single Track (1 to 2 areas). Morning Itinerary and possible afternoon Itinerary: Am Loop – am – 13.4 miles – 18 miles. Physical difficulty: moderate to hard (3000’ of climbing). Technical ability: moderate. Single track (with sections of exposure). Altitudes of 7000’-9500’. Times: 8 am – 2pm. Possible afternoon Itinerary: Separate Park: 3-6 miles. Physical difficulty: moderate (1000’ of climbing). Technical ability: moderate. Altitudes of 7000’-9500’. Times: 2 am – 4pm. Day 3: Nederland Area and East Roosevelt National Forest. Morning And Afternoon Itinerary: Magnolia Area and Nederland: 18-44 miles and 2000’ of ascent. Physical difficulty: moderate to hard. Technical ability: moderate to hard. Singlewide tracks. Altitudes of 8600-10,000’. Times: 8 pm – 4 pm. Day 4: Rollins Pass Road (Continental Divide) to tunnel from East Portal. Morning And Afternoon Itinerary: 32 Miles and 3000’ of ascent on doublewide track. Physical difficulty: Hard (due to high altitude). Technical ability: moderate. Altitudes of 9200’-12, 000’. Times: 6:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Early Start is due to exposure above tree line and afternoon thunderstorms that develop in the afternoon in the high Colorado Rockies. Included in our rates: The services of professional mountain biking guide(s); bike rental (Fuji hard-tailed mountain bike) and helmet; all round-trip transportation between hotel or central meeting location and Colorado mountain bike trailheads (Day 1 – Day 4), national forest and state park permits, lunch, water and snacks, education about local and natural history, mtn bike repair kits (floor pump, hand pump, patch kits, medical kits, etc.). Not included in our rates: Gratuities for guide (while this is at your discretion, the recommended gratuity is 20%), lodging during and around the trip, laundry, alcoholic beverages (for adults >21 years old); Denver Colorado hotel pick-up is extra $125 per group per day. Special Notes: Bike Upgrade! We can arrange for a full suspension mountain bike for an additional cost. Hotels: We can make all hotel reservations. We have two star and 4 star options to recommend for this trip. For those that want more options, we can also send a list of recommended hotels upon request. Difficulty Description: Moderate: Steep slopes and/or obstacles, possibly on narrow trails with poor traction. Most Difficult (Hard): A mixture of long steep climbs, loose trails surfaces, numerous difficult obstacles to avoid or jump over, drop-offs and sharp corners. Some sections are definitely easier to walk. What to Bring: Sent with trip confirmation