About Colorado Mountain Expeditions

Jeanne and Chris Szczech operate CME from their home in the mountains near Durango, Colorado. They have lived across the United States during more than twenty years of marriage; starting on the East Coast and moving to the West Coast before gravitating to the mountains of Colorado. In 2003 they moved to Durango, because it was “the best place on earth” to raise their two daughters, Jenna and Haley. The whole family spends as much time as possible in the backcountry; rafting and hiking in the summer, climbing and camping the shoulder seasons and skiing winter powder. Both girls consider themselves full time students and part time “guides in training”!

The Szczech family

Chris and Jeanne Szczech

CME Four-legged Guide

A Brief History of the Colorado Trail Trekking Program

The Colorado Trail was conceived in the 1970’s by a collaboration of private citizens and USFS personnel as a way to link the state together and give backcountry enthusiasts a way to see the best and most remote parts of Colorado.  It was completed in the 1980’s, although it is still a work in progress (as all the best things in life are).  The Trekking Program began informally in the 1990’s when Gudy Gaskill, referred to by many as the “Mother of the Colorado Trail” started to lead through-hikes.  Within a few years, this had morphed into a rudimentary supported hike program, allowing hikers to hike with only a daypack, although still quite a rugged, no-frills approach. Run on a shoe-string, Mac & Cheese and broken down trucks were the norm for this original program.  However, the program had soon become quite popular and upgrades were made continually.  Since 2000, the Trek Program has been run by Colorado Mountain Expeditions, in conjunction with the CTF.  Improvements over the years include gourmet meals, increased dietary choices, more spacious tents and camping arrangements, and professionally trained, certified guides and support staff.  The Treks now offer all the amenities and safety standards that other professional guide services do, with a high focus on customer satisfaction and safety.

Read All About It!

National Geographic Adventure Magazine (page 79) (April 2008 issue ) 
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Durango Herald Sports Editor, Greg Moore, joins us hiking: 
Colorado Trailblazers - Durango pair takes the edge off hard hiking days

"My experience was beyond all expectations. Chris and the guides made me feel welcomed and were very supported. I felt comfortable, especially knowing that they were knowledgeable and competent. 
Great organization."

CME guides-in-training
Haley & Jenna Szczech

Chris Szczech