Desert Ice Mountain Guides is a one-man company run by Craig Luebben. Craig
has guided and taught rock and ice climbing courses in Colorado since 1981, and
has climbed all around the world. He is an American Mountain Guides Association
certified rock guide, board member, and rock guide instructor. He has written
the following instructional books:
How to Ice Climb
- Advanced Rock Climbing (with John Long)
- Knots for Climbers
- How to Rappel
- Go Climb!
Betty and the Silver Spider (how to gym climb)
Craig designed BigBro tube chocks, has tested and reviewed rock
and ice climbing equipment for Climbing andRock & Ice magazines,
and is a senior contributing editor for Climbing. He has opened more than
200 new rock and ice routes on five continents, and has guided rock, ice, and
alpine climbs for Colorado Mountain
School, Aspen Expeditions,
San Juan Mountain Guides, Acadia
Mountain Guides, Condor
Adventures, Colorado State Outdoor Adventure Program.
Since Craig does all the guiding and instructing himself, Desert Ice can offer
only a limited number of days. Sign up early to reserve your spot.
The American Mountain Guides
Association trains and certifies guides in three guiding disciplines: rock,
alpine, and ski mountaineering. The certification assures that your guide has
been trained and examined in his or her profession, and is safe and competent.
A guide who is certified in all three disciplines becomes an IFMGA guide (International
Federation of Mountain Guides Associations). This international certification
qualifies the individual to guide in many countries in Europe, plus New Zealand,
and Canada. Ironically, the United States has difficult and complicated access:
Concessionaires and permitees enjoy solitary access to much the country's best
guiding terrain, and even certified guides cannot guide there unless they work
for the permit/ concession holder. Though we cannot go everywhere we like, Desert
Ice has held permits to guide at Eldorado Canyon, Horsetooth Reservoir, and North
Table Mountain, Colorado, and Vedauwoo, Wyoming. We also have relationships with
other guiding companies and can guide in some areas under their permits.