First Ascent Mountain School


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In a Nutshell

Four-hour snowshoeing trips through the Pikes Peak backcountry; trips include a knowledgeable guide, trekking poles, snowshoes, and snacks

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Promotional value expires Apr 1, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 2 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. 24 hour cancellation notice required. Must be at least 8 years old. Must sign waiver. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $67 for a half-day guided snowshoeing trip for two people (a $134 value)
  • $130 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 15 years scaling rocks, the AMGA Certified Single-Pitch Instructor––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.

Customer Reviews

Excellent guides and beautiful views!! Wonderful trip.
Deborah W. · February 28, 2014
Our guide was excellent and we had a great time - definitely recommend First Ascent. The office support was also outstanding - they are a great outfit!
Elizabeth F. · October 7, 2013
Our guide, John was great. My buddy and I both had some climbing experience so John geared us towards climbs that were suited for us. John was knowledgable, eager to help and I think he enjoyed climbing with us as much as we did with him. Thanks for a great experience!
Brian F. · June 17, 2013

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