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Colorado Alpine & Desert Adventures
Desert Crags & Cracks Rock Guides

Full-service rock climbing, canyoneering and adventure hiking guides and instructors in the Rocky Mountains and Canyonlands of Colorado - PCIA Certified

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If you are planning a climbing, hiking, or canyoneering trip anywhere in western Colorado mountains and canyon country, Colorado Alpine & Desert Adventures can provide you with instruction and guide services tailored to your specific needs. Our personalized program will customize a combination of lessons and/or guided climbs to your particular experience level and time frame.

We are fully permitted and insured for all the locations listed.

Kris Hjelle
Kris Hjelle (pronounced "yelly"), co-owner of Colorado Alpine & Desert Adventures, has been climbing for 34 years and guiding for 20. Her climbing resume includes first ascents at Devils Tower, Colorado National Monument and Dominguez Canyon. While she has climbed and canyoneered throughout the U.S. - from Yosemite to the Shawangunks, Zion, San Rafael Swell, and southeastern Utah Canyonlands - as well as in New Zealand and Australia, she has chosen to specialize in guiding and instruction on the desert rocks and canyonlands of western Colorado. Kris is a Professional Climbing Instructors Association Certified Top Managed Climbing and Lead Instructor and has completed technical rescue courses with the National Park Service and Yosemite Search and Rescue. She is member of the Mesa County Technical Rescue Team, as well as a ski instructor. A dedicated climbing teacher, Kris combines a comprehensive knowledge of equipment and techniques with a commitment to the environment and ethical climbing.

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Colorado Alpine & Desert Adventures, LLC
Desert Crags & Cracks, LLC

P.O. Box 2803, Grand Junction, CO 81502-2803   (970) 245-8513

All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit
from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

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