In preparation for an upcoming trip to Kilimanjaro, a friend suggested I try climbing a "fourteener" in Colorado first. So, on the spur of the moment, I did a google search for guided hikes and found CWRAG. Everything about the experience was first rate. I submitted an internet query and the owner called me back within an hour to discuss things in detail. After offering some suggestions we settled on some day hikes to get acclimated and then a final hike to 14,000 on Mt. Arapahoe. Two weeks later I was on a flight to Denver.
All of the details of the trip were taken care of for me. They reserved a space on the shuttle between the airport in Denver and my hotel in Boulder and picked me up each day from the hotel - no need to rent a car. My guide Bennett was great about telling me what I would need each day. They had snacks stockpiled in the van and he would stop and pick up food for lunch (and breakfast for the peak ascent day).
Because of recent heavy rains and the subsequent flooding and damage, many parks and trails were closed, including Arapahoe. So we had to change plans. But Bennett knew enough about the area to come up with alternate plans and I had a great day hiking at Table Mesa and then Golden Gate Canyon State Park and then ascending Mt. Parnassus on the last day of the trip. After sussing out my abilities, Bennett decided I could handle an off-trail route up Mt. Parnassus and so we took a challenging, more direct route up the mountain that involved a lot of scrambling over rocks. It was awesome! It was really great having a guide pay attention to what I was capable of and tailor the day to me.
I can't say enough positive things about the experience - I highly recommend this outfit.
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