Choose Between Two Options
* $76 for a half-day guided snowshoeing trip for two people (a $134 value)
- $143 for a half-day guided snowshoeing trip for four people (a $268 value)
The snowshoeing adventure pairs physically able customers with professionally trained guides for high-altitude hikes through the backcountry of Colorado Springs. Guides supply snowshoes and trekking poles from brands such as MSR and Black Diamond, as well as snacks and hot chocolate, but climbers should pack water bottles, sunscreen, warm-weather gear, a small backpack, sunglasses, and a lunch before heading out. Trips will be available in multiple locations around Pikes Peak and West Colorado Springs in order to accommodate snowshoers of all skill levels.
First Ascent Mountain School
John McDonough has spent his life rising to meet outdoor challenges. Years ago he began traveling the globe as a skier and rock climber, finding adventure and challenges on faraway mountains and snowy cliffs. After more than two decades on skis and 13 years scaling rocks, the professionally trained expert––who once accompanied an inspiring group of blind climbers on a trip––now operates First Ascent Mountain School. The gig comes with the daily pleasure of watching beginners submit to the powerful sense of awe and accomplishment that comes with mountaineering. As First Ascent's founding director, John has assembled a small band of professional mountain guides who shared his zeal for nature and teaching. The crew touts a penchant for making the sometimes-intimidating activities of rock-terrain climbing and snowshoeing accessible to anyone who is interested. John's numerous professional certifications include American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education training and serving as a merit-badge counselor for the Boy Scouts of America.