The Spirit of Alpinism

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Meet Our Staff

Leadership and Administrative Staff

Dunham Gooding

Dunham Gooding, President

Past President of the American Mountain Guides Association
Past President of the Outdoor Industry Association, Past US Representative to the IFMGA

Since founding the Institute in 1975, Dunham has taught courses and guided expeditions in the Cascades, Canada, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Patagonia. Dunham has climbed extensively throughout North and South America, with new routes in the Cascades and first ascents in Bolivia and Alaska. He oversees program and staff development for the Institute. As US representative to the UIAGM, he was instrumental in gaining admittance of AMGA to that international body. Over the years, Dunham has served on wilderness management and wilderness policy task forces in this country and in Chile, as chairman of the American Climbing Sports Group, chairman of the National Summit Committee on Mountain Rescue, president of the American Mountain Guides Association, and president of the Outdoor Industry Association.

Jason Martin

Jason Martin, Director of Operations and Guide

AAI Tenured Guide and AMGA Certified Rock Guide
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Program Provider, AMGA Board of Directors

Jason supervises the guide staff, develops course curriculum, manages land use permits and oversees AAI's social network. In addition to his work at AAI, Jason is currently on the Board of Directors for the American Mountain Guides Association, serves on the Mt. Erie Climbing Committee for the city of Anacortes, participates in the annual Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) conference and volunteers for the Bellingham Mountain Rescue Council. He serves as the technical director for the annual Red Rock Rendezvous climbing festival and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council. Jason has guided in Red Rock Canyon, Joshua Tree National Park, the Cascades, the Sierra, the Alaska Range, in Canada's Coast Range and in the Andes of Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru. Jason is a playwright, film critic and outdoor adventure writer. He co-authored 'Washington Ice: A Climbing Guide' and 'Rock Climbing: The AMGA Single Pitch Manual," and authored 'Fun Climbs Red Rocks: Topropes and Moderates' and Best Climbs: Red Rocks.' AMGA Certified Rock Guide, LNT Master Educator and Rope Rescue Technician.

Guy Cotter

Guy Cotter, Director of Adventure Consultants

IFMGA Certified Guide
Four-Time Mt. Everest Summiteer

While he handles a wide range of responsibilities as director of Adventure Consultants in New Zealand, our southern hemisphere alliance partner, Guy very much enjoys his extensive work as a mountain guide. An IFMGA certified guide, Guy has 30 years of experience and has led over twenty-three major expeditions around the globe including four ascents of Mt Everest. His recent exploits include Everest, Makalu, new routes on Mt Aspiring and the Balfour Face of Mount Tasman in NZ, an Antarctic Peninsula Expedition and riding a horse to Mustang in Nepal. He first climbed Mt. Everest in 1992, completed the Seven Summits in 2005, and was happy to lead his fifth Vinson Massif Expedition in 2006.

Mike Powers

Mike Powers, Director of Staff Development and Guide

AAI Tenured Guide and IFMGA Certified Guide
Past Technical Director of the AMGA

Michael oversees the training and continuing education of climbing, mountaineering and ski guides at the Institute and manages the annual three-week guide training program. He has led programs in the Cascades, Ouray, Joshua Tree, Red Rock, Alaska, Canada, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, France, and Switzerland. He is an IFMGA certified guide and has completed numerous rock and ice routes at a high standard in France, Switzerland, New Zealand, Nepal, Alaska, and the western U.S. He has also served as chairman of the AMGA Technical Committee and director of America's national guide certification program. Speaks French and Spanish.

Tom Kirby

Tom Kirby, Assistant Director for IT & Marketing

AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

Tom manages information technology for the Institute and guides in the Cascades, Alaska, and the Southwest. Tom has been climbing since 1980, first on crags in Virginia and New Hampshire, then eventually all over the western U.S., including Colorado, the Tetons, and the Cascades. He has worked as a software developer, a teacher, and a timber framer. He holds a BA in English, the only language he speaks fluently - though he speaks some Spanish as well.

James Pierson

James Pierson, Pacific Northwest Programs Coordinator and Guide

AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor
AIARE Avalanche Instructor, Rope Rescue Technician

James works with climbers on trip selection and preparation for our Cascade Programs. Although he was born in Kansas, he was bit by the Mountain Bug when he went to high school just south of Jackson Hole, WY. After college and working in Colorado as a snowboarding instructor, he moved to the Olympia area, joined the Mountaineers and started climbing. Since then he has climbed throughout Washington and Oregon, as well as ice climbing trips to Colorado, Montana and British Columbia. James also enjoys telemark skiing in the winter, stand-up paddling and fishing in the summer and speaks a little German on the side.

Wyatt Evenson

Wyatt Evenson, Seven Summits Programs Coordinator and Guide

Wyatt manages our Alaska Range programs and expeditions along with the 7 Summits. After summiting Mt. Rainier for the first time he has climbed all over the Pacific Northwest and Montana. Every year, he eagerly awaits to work on his favorite mountain, Denali. He attributes his love of the outdoors to his parents and his aunt and uncle. When not climbing, he enjoys skiing, road trips and adventuring with his wife. He calls Northwest Montana home. His academic background is in political science, debate and broadcasting.

Krista Eytchison

Krista Eytchison, Southwest and Alps Programs Coordinator

A native of Washington state, Krista has logged numerous ascents in the North Cascades, Red Rock Canyon, Joshua Tree National Park, and in the Andes of Bolivia and Peru. She is an avid outdoorswoman and a former elementary art teacher. She is a graduate of liberal arts from Western Washington University and arts education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In her spare time she enjoys arts, crafts, yoga, tap dancing, road trips, food and beverage she doesn't have to prepare herself, and exploring the outdoors with her family. Krista manages the Red Rock, Joshua Tree, Sierra, and Alps programs.

Susie Barr-Wilson

Susie Barr-Wilson, South America, Asia, Colorado, & Utah Programs Coordinator

Susie grew up camping and panning for gold with her grandpa in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and attending summer camp at Lazy F Camp & Retreat Center in the Eastern cascade mountain foothills. A graduate of Western Washington University's Recreation Department, Susie has worked as Program Coordinator at Lazy F Camp, Youth Program Director at Aldersgate United Methodist Church near Seattle, as a Peace Corp Volunteer in rural South Africa, Program Manager and Instructor for GirlVentures in San Francisco, and Program Coordinator and Mentor for Wild Whatcom in Bellingham. Susie holds a Master’s degree from San Francisco State University with an emphasis in Young Women’s Empowerment through Outdoor Recreation. She is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Rocky Mountain Outdoor Educator Course (2011), she has held a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification since 2001, and she is published in the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership. Susie’s favorite pastimes include hiking and rock-climbing with her husband, playing with their three-year-old son and nine-month-old daughter, practicing yoga, baking goodies, and hosting theme parties.

Lisa Greif

Lisa Greif, Travel Coordinator

Arranging travel itineraries for AAI climbers on both domestic and international programs occupies most of Lisa's time, but she also works with the hotels and transportation providers in the foreign countries where AAI operates, and makes travel arrangements for the Institute's staff members. She has extensive experience in the airline industry and has past experience working for an international tour operator. Her formal training is in tourism and travel administration.

Nancy Newstrom

Nancy Newstrom, Bookkeeper

Nancy oversees all of AAI's accounting needs both in the guide service and in the Equipment Shop area. Though she is not a climber, she thoroughly enjoys climbing tales and is well read in expedition literature. She spends her spare time gardening, reading, and volunteering with Bellingham Friends of the Library.

Alan Oram

Alan Oram, M.D., Medical and High Altitude Advisor

Doctor of Emergency Medicine
IFMGA Certified Guide

Alan is a board certified Emergency Medicine Physician and serves as medical advisor to the American Alpine Institute. In addition to practicing emergency medicine, Alan is an AMGA certified Rock, Alpine and Ski Guide. Alan has climbed and skied throughout North America including multiple trips to the Alaska range, extensive ski touring in Canada and skiing and climbing in Europe. He works in Jackson, Wyoming and provides medical advice to mountain guides as well as serving as the medical advisor to the American Mountain Guides Association. He has special interest in mountain medicine as it relates to altitude and the value of providing guides with up-to-date information and on providing medical care in remote environments.

Frank James, M.D

Frank James, M.D, Advisor in Travel Medicine

A specialist in travel medicine, infectious diseases, and public health, noted for his research in vaccine preventable diseases. Frank has run an international travel clinic for many years and served as health officer and director of a county health department in Washington. He is the editor of the widely acclaimed book The Medical Consequences of Nuclear War and directed a Kellogg Foundation grant and demonstration project on improving community health through sports. He is an avid climber, skier, snowboarder, and mountain biker.

Eric B. Larson, M.D., M.P.H.

Eric B. Larson, M.D., M.P.H., Medical Advisor

Oversees AAI's research in high altitude physiology and response to high altitude illness and serves as the Institute's lead medical advisor. He is the author of Mountain Illness: Medical Problems of Altitude and Exposure. Eric is executive director of Group Health Center for Health Studies; on the Board of Regents, American College of Physicians; member of the Institute of Medicine. He is an accomplished ski mountaineer and climber with ascents throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Erin-Leigh Hardy

Erin-Leigh Hardy, Administrative Assistant

Erin-Leigh serves as one of the administrative assistants at the Institute. Her backcountry experience started in the White Mountains of New Hampshire at the ripe young age of 6 months old (with the assistance of her father). Since her first outing, she has been constantly active in the outdoor community. With a B.S. in Natural Resources Management, Erin-Leigh has worked as a guide, ridge runner and outdoor educator in the White Mountain National Forest and Acadia National Park, as well as having worked as an Environmental Scientist throughout rural Alaska. Her greatest passion in life is to help people realize their love for the outdoors, to nurture it, to enjoy their passion safely and to help preserve the natural resources they love for future generations.


Shop Staff

Richard Riquelme

Richard Riquelme, Manager of Equipment Services and Guide

AAI Tenured Guide and National Level Guide, Association of Chilean Mountain Guides
AIARE Avalanche Instructor, Rope Rescue Technician, and AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

Richard assures that all the equipment needs of the AAI climbing school and guide services activities are met in 6 states and 16 countries. He also enjoys advising climbers on their selection of personal equipment for domestic and foreign programs. Richard's climbing and skiing has taken him throughout Chile, Peru, and Argentina as well as to the US, Canada, and Europe. He has extensive experience in search and rescue operations. He has been guiding professionally since 1993 and for AAI since 2006. He is proficient in German and a native speaker of Spanish. AIARE Level 1 & 2 Avalanche Lead Instructor, AMGA SPI Certified, and Leave No Trace Master Educator.

Jeff Voigt

Jeff Voigt, Manager of Guides Choice International Gear Testing Program

Jeff oversees the many tests that AAI guides does each year on equipment and clothing used in climbing, skiing, splitboarding, and snowshoeing. He also coordinates the publication of test results and the process for making Guides Choice awards to the manufacturers who produce the top gear in each product category. He advises AAI climbers on selection of equipment for domestic and international programs. Jeff enjoys rock climbing throughout the Northwest, and has also spent time climbing in California and in the U.S. Southwest. Many of his ascents include technical routes on glaciated peaks such as Rainier and Mt. Hood. Outside of climbing, Jeff spends his time backcountry snowboarding, skiing, and working towards a degree in geology and earth studies.


Instructors and Guides

Joaquin Andino

Joaquin Andino, Instructor and Guide

ASEGUIM Certified Mountain Guide

Guides in Ecuador. Joaquin is an ASEGUIM mountain guide and has has climbed extensively in Peru, Bolivia, and Colombia, and in addition to studying guiding in Ecuador he has also graduated from training programs directed by the Peruvian Guide Association. His academic background is in economics and tourism. When not mountain guiding, Joaquin enjoys pursuing his other interests in photography, natural history, and cycling.

Elaina Arenz

Elaina Arenz, Instructor and Guide

AMGA Certified Rock Guide, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Program Provider
Warrior's Way Trainer, Sponsored Athlete: La Sportiva & Sterling Rope

Guides in Nevada and California. Elaina has spent the last 20 years climbing all over North America and Europe but splits her year between Red Rock and the New River Gorge, WV. She is an AMGA Certified Rock Guide, a Course Provider for the AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Program, and is a Warrior's Way Trainer. Elaina is profiled in Women Who Dare: North America's Most Inspiring Women Climbers by Chris Noble. She also serves on the board of directors for the Access Fund and is brand ambassador for La Sportiva and Sterling Rope.

Jaime Avila

Jaime Avila, Instructor and Guide

Guides in Ecuador. Jaime has successfully guided expeditions in every country of the Andes, including ascents of Aconcagua, multiple peaks in Bolivia, Alpamayo and Huascaran in Peru, several other lesser-known peaks in the Andes, and numerous ascents of all the peaks of Ecuador. His guiding has also taken him to Denali, and his personal climbing to a successful ascent of Ama Dablam. Speaks English and Spanish.

Sam Boyce

Sam Boyce, Instructor and Guide

AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor
Rope Rescue Technician

Guides in Washington, Nevada and Canada. Sam is a Washington local. He grew up backpacking and scrambling in the Cascades. He has climbed extensively in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and in the Desert Southwest. A prolific first ascentionist, he spends his free time aid soloing big chossy towers and skiing deep powder. Sam is an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Rope Rescue Technician and a Leave No Trace Trainer.

Dustin Byrne

Dustin Byrne, Instructor and Guide

AAI Tenured Guide and AMGA Certified Alpine Guide
AIARE Avalanche Instructor

Guides in Washington, Nevada, California, Utah, Colorado, Alaska and Canada. He has climbed extensively in the Cascades, Alaska, and the Sierra. In his off time he enjoys climbing, skiing, and writing. Dustin is a is a Level I AIARE instructor, a Leave No Trace Master Educator and an AMGA Certified Alpine Guide.

Marco Castillo

Marco Castillo, Instructor and Guide

ASEGUIM Certified Mountain Guide

Guides in Ecuador. Marco is a well rounded athlete – an accomplished runner and a 10-year mountain guide who has logged more than 200 ascents of Cotopaxi and 40 of Chimborazo as well as many peaks by a variety of routes. He works for the Red Cross of Ecuador as part of their rescue team, and when not climbing, Marco enjoys time with his wife and two children. Marco is an ASEGUIM member and led the first ascent of Cotopaxi from the sea to the 19,358 foot/ 5897 meter summit in five days.

Chad Cochran

Chad Cochran, Instructor and Guide

AAI Tenured Guide and AMGA Certified Rock Guide
Rope Rescue Technician

Guides in Washington, California, Nevada, Alaska, Bolivia and China. Originally from the Eastern United States, Chad has climbed and guided throughout the lower 48 as well as traveling south to explore Argentine and Chilean Patagonia. He holds a degree in Recreation and Parks Management. Chad is a Leave No Trace Trainer, an AMGA Certified Rock Guide, and a Rope Rescue Technician.

Gregg Cronn

Gregg Cronn, Instructor and Guide

AAI Tenured Guide
AIARE Avalanche Instructor

Guides in Washington and Nevada. Gregg has climbed extensively throughout both North America and South America and has participated in expeditions to Nepal, India, China and Pakistan. Guiding work has taken him to Canada, the US, Mexico and Nepal. When he is not working as a public school teacher, Gregg spends his weekends and holidays through the winter and spring backcountry skiing and exploring the Cascades and mountains of BC. Has completed many ski traverses through the BC interior ranges. A degree in exercise science underpins a deep interest in athletics and performance. He has a great enthusiasm for learning, teaching and for passing on knowledge to his students, whether they be avy 1 students, high school athletes in xc and track or climbing clients.

Jeremy Devine

Jeremy Devine, Instructor and Guide

AAI Tenured Guide and AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor
AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor Program Provider, Rope Rescue Technician

Guides in Washington, California, Nevada, Alaska, Canada, Ecuador and Argentina. Jeremy grew up exploring the mountains in his home state of New Hampshire, and began his technical climbing career as a teen on the schist cliffs of Rumney. He continued to further his climbing skills throughout the mountains of the Northeast and began his guiding career in 2007 in Vermont. When not in the mountains you can find him spending time with his partner Laura and dog Balli at home on Whidby Island in Washington State.

Jared Drapala

Jared Drapala, Instructor and Guide

AAI Tenured Guide and AMGA Certified Rock Guide

Guides in Washington, California, Nevada, Alaska and Canada. Jared is originally from Upstate New York and was introduced to climbing in the Adirondacks. He continued to pursue rock and ice climbing while at college in Vermont. He also led climbing trips while in college for the school's Outing Club. His personal climbing has taken him to Alaska, the Tetons, Wind Rivers, the Sierra, and various parts of the Southwest. He has a degree in Economics. Leave No Trace Trainer.

Lindsay Fixmer

Lindsay Fixmer, Instructor and Guide

AMGA Certified Rock Guide
AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor Trainer Provider

Guides in Washington, Alaska, California, Colorado and Nevada. Since her initiation into technical rock climbing in 1999, Lindsay has sought a nomadic lifestyle pursuing new mountainous terrain with a love of sharing amazing climbing endeavors with others. From 2000 to 2008, she spent considerable time working in the indoor climbing industry managing facilities, instructing and coaching youth competitive teams. Lindsay began guiding professionally in 2009 and is well versed in rock, ice and alpine climbing. You may find Lindsay guiding/climbing ice in the White Mountains of the Northeast, Hyalite Canyon in Montana or the CO western slope in the winter, technical peaks in the Rockies, Tetons and Cascades and rock climbing on granite, sandstone and limestone throughout renowned areas like Red Rocks and the southeastern U.S. International trips have included Aconcagua, Mexico, Southeast Asia, Canada and Iceland. AMGA Certified Rock Guide and Leave No Trace Master Educator.

Doug Foust

Doug Foust, Instructor and Guide

AAI Tenured Guide and AMGA Certified Rock Guide
Sponsored Athlete: Protec Athletics

Guides in Washington, Nevada, California and Utah. Doug grew up on the beaches of Southern California and played professional beach volleyball full time for 7 years before starting a construction based business in Las Vegas. He enjoys climbing long traditional routes and sharing his passion for climbing with others. AMGA Certified Rock Guide.

Nate Furman

Nate Furman, Instructor and Guide

AMGA Certified Rock Guide
Professor of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, University of Utah

Guides in Washington, Nevada, Utah, California and Alaska. Nate's love for climbing has taken him across the globe, from loose-rock trundlefests on Greenlandic granite to speed ascents of Switzerland's Matterhorn. Originally from Northern California, he's presently Professor of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism at the University of Utah. He co-coordinates the U-EXPLORE program and develops custom outdoor programs for University departments. He has a PhD in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism from the University of Utah, has completed both Level One and Level Two AAA Avalanche Education courses, has Rock Guide certification from the AMGA, and successfully completed the AMGA Ice Instructor Course.

Alejandra Garces

Alejandra Garces, Instructor and Guide

AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

Guides in Washington, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and Canada. Alejandra grew up climbing from a young age in Ecuador with her family and Ecuadorian Parents. Born in Michigan and a graduate from Texas Christian University, she studied Latin American Ethnohistory and Archaeology where she made many trips back to South and Central America trekking, climbing, and excavating in Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Colombia. Alejandra has enjoyed climbing rock, water ice, mixed, alpine, trekking, and canyoning all across the US and the South American Andes since 2011. Her guiding career began in Colorado where she worked as an Outdoor School Instructor for REI and as a guide in Utah with the Grand Classroom. She also spent time volunteer guiding with at-risk youth in the Denver Area. AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor. Bi-lingual in Spanish and English, Leave No Trace Trainer.

Ben Gardner

Ben Gardner, Instructor and Guide

AAI Tenured Guide and IFMGA Certified Guide
AIARE Avalanche Instructor, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Program Provider

Guides in Washington, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, Alaska and Canada. Ben first started working as a climbing guide about a decade ago while living in Durango, Colorado. Since then he has worked throughout the US. Ben spent seven years working for Outward Bound in North Carolina, the Florida Everglades, and Patagonia. As an instructor and climbing specialist he ran wilderness courses ranging from 2 to 72 days in length. In 2008, Ben became the Chief Climbing Instructor at the North Carolina School and for three years, he directed all aspects of the climbing and high ropes programs, including all technical training for staff. He currently spends the summers guiding in the Cascades, the spring and fall climbing rock throughout the West, and his winters ice climbing and skiing in Colorado.

Higinio "Quino" Gonzalez

Higinio "Quino" Gonzalez, Instructor and Guide

AMGA Certified Rock Guide

Guides in the Washington, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Alaska and previously guided in Antarctica, Chile, Peru, and Pakistan. Quino summited Broad Peak and Gasherbrum I in Pakistan and has climbed extensively in Canada, Alaska, Patagonia, the Himalayas, and the United States. He guides in rock, alpine, and ski terrain and specializes in technical ice and mixed ascents. Certified AMGA Rock Guide. Academic background in journalism, graduate degree in political science, certified translator. Speaks Spanish and French.

Will Gordon

Will Gordon, Instructor and Guide

AMGA Certified Rock Instructor

Guides in Washington, California, Nevada, Colorado and Canada. Will is originally from the Southeast, but has lived in Colorado for most of the past decade. He has climbed extensively throughout the Rockies and the Desert Southwest. In the winters he works as a ski patroller in Breckenridge, CO. Leave No Trace Trainer, AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor and Certified Rock Instructor.

Katie Griffith

Katie Griffith, Instructor and Guide

Guides in Washington, Nevada and Canada. Katie has made the mountain environment her classroom since 2011. Whether supporting nervous sixth graders as they learn how to rappel, skiing with veterans in Utah, or working through terrain management decisions with high school leaders, Katie loves facilitating experiences in the mountains that stretch comfort zones and encourage growth. The Cascades are her backyard climbing destination of choice, especially long alpine routes in the North Cascades; but she's always scheming trips to climb in Squamish, Smith Rock, or the Desert Southwest. Leave No Trace Trainer.

Angela Henderson

Angela Henderson, Instructor and Guide

AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor
Rope Rescue Technician

Guides in the Washington, California, Nevada, and Canada. Originally from Southeast Alaska, Angela spent several years climbing and teaching outdoor education throughout California and Colorado for Outward Bound and other schools. She has also spent the winters traveling internationally to climbing destinations in South America, Southeast Asia, and Mexico. She holds a degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Spanish. Leave No Trace Trainer and Rope Rescue Technicain.

Karl Henize

Karl Henize, Instructor and Guide

Guides in Washington, Nevada and Canada. Originally from New England, Karl initially discovered his lifelong passion for the mountains in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and honed his skills in the Canadian Rockies. He has climbed in many locations across the world, including: Canada, France, New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Kyrgyzstan, and the US. Karl has a penchant for mixed (rock and ice) climbing and prefers to venture out on the paths less travelled. Leave No Trace Trainer.

Paul Ivaska

Paul Ivaska, Instructor and Guide

AAI Tenured Guide

Guides in Washington, California, Nevada, Alaska and Canada. Paul has enjoyed numerous routes in the Cascades, Colorado Rockies, and the Sierra. He works as a ski patroller in the winter. Paul's formal education is in the medical field, and he worked for many years as a medic for the US military. Paul also enjoys ski mountaineering and ski touring. Speaks Lithuanian and Russian. Leave No Trace Master Educator.

Elias Jordan

Elias Jordan, Instructor and Guide

AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

Guides in Washington, Nevada, and Canada. Elias has been instructing climbers since 2012. He studied Astrophysics at the University of Arizona and called the desert SW home for 5 years before moving to Washington. Before joining the Institute he worked as an Ice Farmer for the Ouray Ice Park and as a Climbing Instructor throughout the Southern US. He enjoys long, technical routes and fastpacking through remote terrain. Elias is an AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor and LNT Master Educator.

Alan Kearney

Alan Kearney, Instructor and Guide

AAI Tenured Guide and AMGA Certified Alpine Guide

Guides in Washington, Alaska, California, Nevada and Canada. Alan is an AMGA Certified Alpine Guide, a widely published mountain photographer, and an author. He has major routes and numerous first ascents to his credit throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as in Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, and Papua New Guinea.

Zak Krenzer

Zak Krenzer, Instructor and Guide

AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

Guides in Washington and Nevada. A Pacific Northwest native, Zak found climbing in 2012 after leaving the U.S. Army after returning to Washington State. Zak has climbed glaciated peaks in the Cascades, splitter hand cracks in the Utah Desert, golden granite in the Sierra, Ice in Hyalite Canyon and is always planning his next big trip. Leave No Trace Trainer.

Zach Lovell

Zach Lovell, Instructor and Guide

AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor
AIARE Avalanche Instructor

Guides in Washington, Alaska, Colorado, Nevada and Canada. Based in Colorado, Zach enjoys a varied guiding and instructional career that allows him to travel extensively and to climb and ski throughout the country. His yearly schedule includes everything from avalanche programs to glacier climbs, from backcountry ski programs to high-end technical ascents. Zach slips on a harness or buckles on a pair of skis every day. This deep devotion to mountain craft has made him passionate about sharing experiences and knowledge with every climber he works with. Zach is an AIARE Avalanche Instructor, has taken several programs within the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), and carries a undergraduate degree in Recreation Outdoor Education. Leave No Trace Trainer.

Max Lurie

Max Lurie, Instructor and Guide

AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor
Rope Rescue Technician

Guides in Washington, Colorado, Nevada, California, Alaska, Canada and South America. Max graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Earth Sciences with a focus on glaciology, climate change and paleoclimatology. He enjoys guiding rock, ice and alpine climbs wherever engaging terrain can be found. When not in the field running and expedition or a course, he can be found in Colorado where he climbs and lives with his wife.

Tracy Martin

Tracy Martin, Instructor and Guide

AMGA Certified Rock Guide
Warrior's Way Trainer

Guides in Nevada and California. Tracy has been an active rock climber since 1990 and prior to moving out west, spent many years guiding in North Carolina and West Virginia. In addition to working as a guide, Tracy is a Pet Portrait Artist and a Graphic Designer. AMGA Certified Rock Guide.

Mike McCartan

Mike McCartan, Instructor and Guide

AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

Guides in Washington, Nevada and Canada. Mike has a strong background in education, instruction and guiding a diverse set of individuals that ranges from at-risk-youth to university professors. As a transplant to the Pacific Northwest, Mike is continuing to focus on this area’s amazing concentration of alpine rock. Mike has a passion for education; whether it be giving it to others, or receiving it.

Ian McEleney

Ian McEleney, Instructor and Guide

AAI Tenured Guide and AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

Guides in California, Nevada, Washington and Alaska. Ian has climbed throughout the United States including rock, water ice, alpine, and big wall ascents. Ian was on the team that made the first winter ascent of the complete Palisades Traverse in the Sierra. His academic training is in Elementary Education and History. He is a Leave No Trace Trainer.

Tad McCrea

Tad McCrea, Instructor and Guide

AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

Guides in Washington, Nevada, Alaska, and Canada. Tad's passion for adventure has taken him throughout the Cascades, Sierra, Wind River, and Bugaboo Ranges. In the winter he pursues ice and mixed climbing in southwestern Colorado as well as splitter sandstone towers of the desert Southwest. An accomplished athlete, Tad was a varsity rower and national champion at the University of Washington where he studied geography

Kevin McGarity

Kevin McGarity, Instructor and Guide

AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

Guides in Washington, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and Canada. Kevin grew up in Columbus, Ohio where he graduated from Ohio Dominican University with a BA in History. After graduating he moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where he began climbing and skiing throughout the region. While in Steamboat, Kevin worked as a youth mentor, environmental educator and climbing retail buyer, while starting his guiding career with Rocky Mountain Ventures.

Jim Mediatore

Jim Mediatore, Instructor and Guide

AMGA Certified Rock Instructor
Rope Rescue Technician

Guides in Washington, California, Nevada, Alaska and Canada. Jim began to climb in 1992, and since then the sport has taken him all over the US and beyond- to the Alps, Alaska, Patagonia, Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, and Norway. Jim is an MIT-trained biologist with a passion for travel, teaching, Scrabble, and finding new ways to tease his nephews. AMGA-certified Rock Instructor and Rope Rescue Technician. Speaks English and Spanish.

Jenny Merian

Jenny Merian, Instructor and Guide

AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

Guides in Washington and Canada. Jenny discovered climbing on the stunning granite cliffs of the Maine coast and began her guiding career there in 2013. She holds a BA in Anthropology and a MS in Kinesiology. While earning her degrees, Jenny led extended climbing and backpacking trips for her university’s adventure program. Her personal and professional outdoor pursuits have taken her across the US as well as to South America, Mexico, and New Zealand.

Steve Moffat

Steve Moffat, Instructor and Guide

IFMGA Certified Guide

Guides in New Zealand, Argentina, and Nepal. Steve has many years of experience guiding in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, Canada, the Andes, and Nepal, and he is an IFMGA guide. In his broad Himalayan experience he has climbed as both expedition guide and expedition leader. He has enjoyed leading climbs of 20,000-foot peaks like Island Peak and Cholu East as well as more challenging ascents such as 22,402-foot Ama Dablam. In 2006 he guided and summitted on our Everest expedition. Between expeditions, Steve enjoys a busy schedule of guiding New Zealand ascents, instructional courses, ice climbing trips, and ski tours.

Calvin Morris

Calvin Morris, Instructor and Guide

AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

Guides in Washington, Alaska, Nevada, California and Canada. Calvin fell in love with climbing during his first road trip to Red Rock Canyon many years ago. Shortly thereafter he made outdoor education and guiding his career. Calvin has worked in the field for over a decade, running programs for Outward Bound in North Carolina and Patagonia. His love for climbing has taken him all over the United States and Mexico, with several trips to Patagonia sprinkled in between. He works as a ski instructor in Lake Tahoe during the winter.

Justin Moynihan

Justin Moynihan, Instructor and Guide

AMGA Certified Rock Instructor and Wilderness First Aid/First Responder Instructor
AMGA Climbing Wall and Single Pitch Instructor Program Provider

Guides in Washington, California, and Nevada. Justin has instructed and guided rock since 2005. He has climbed rock and ice through much of the lower 48, western Europe, and Japan. Justin is an AMGA certified Rock Instructor and Single Pitch Instructor. He is also an AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor Course Provider and WMI Wilderness First Aid Instructor. To balance his life he writes fiction and records music. Speaks Japanese.

Felix Mtui

Felix Mtui, Instructor and Guide

Guides in Africa. Growing up in the foothills of Kilimanjaro, Felix started guiding on the mountain in 1989 and has fashioned superb leadership skills. He has a warm heart, great sense of humor, and is always eager to see people achieve their dreams.

Will Nunez

Will Nunez, Instructor and Guide

AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor
AIARE Avalanche Instructor

Guides in Washington, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Alaska and Canada. Prior to working for AAI, Will spent many years honing mountain guide craft in the mountains surrounding Crested Butte, Colorado. He has been on numerous climbing, skiing and expedition-based trips throughout the lower 48-states, Alaska and Mexico. Will holds a BA in Adventure Education from Prescott College and is currently in the process of becoming a fully-licensed IFMGA mountain guide. Will is passionate about guiding, loves teaching and loves to inspire people in the mountains. Leave No Trace Trainer.

Cliff Palmer

Cliff Palmer, Instructor and Guide

AAI Tenured Guide and AIARE Avalanche Instructor
Professor of Biology, Skagit Valley College

Cliff has been a professional alpine guide and outdoor educator since 1994. He has guided trips in Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Canada, U.S., Mexico, France, Spain, and Switzerland. Cliff is a certified AIARE Level I and Level II avalanche instructor. Cliff holds a masters degree in biology. Speaks Spanish and French.

Juan Manuel Raselli

Juan Manuel Raselli, Instructor and Guide

Guides in Patagonia and on Aconcagua. Juan has been guiding since 2002 and has climbed and guided extensively in the Andes, including significant ascents in Peru and Argentina. He has numerous ascents in Patagonia that include Fitzroy, Saint Exupery, Raphael, and Guillaumet, and he has also climbed in Spain, Italy, France, and Austria and rock climbed in Brazil.

Aaron Richards

Aaron Richards, Instructor and Guide

AMGA Certified Rock Guide
AIARE Avalanche Instructor

Guides in Washington, California, Nevada and Canada. Before joining AAI, Aaron spent many years guiding and climbing in California's Sierra Nevada, where he completed significant link-ups of big alpine rock routes. He has also skied and climbed in Alberta, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Utah and Alaska. Aaron grew up in Oregon, has a degree in botany, and has played professional ultimate Frisbee. He’s an AMGA certified rock guide, and an AIARE level I instructor.

Dave Richards

Dave Richards, Instructor and Guide

AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

Guides in Washington, Nevada and Canada. Originally from North Idaho, Dave grew up hiking, skiing, and playing in the mountains of Idaho and Montana. Dave has climbed in many locations across the US and Canada, from the granite of Maine to the sandstone of the southwest. With a passion for teaching and helping new climbers, Dave has taught community oriented climbing programs since 1999 and spent several years coaching a youth climbing team. With an accomplished resume as a sound engineer for film, tv, and music, Dave loves splitting his time between sound work and the mountains, whether that's climbing, hiking, or ski touring. EMT and National Ski Patrol Member.

Jeff Ries, M.D.

Jeff Ries, M.D., Instructor and Guide

Doctor of Emergency Medicine
Board of Directors, Bellingham Mountain Rescue

Guides in Washington and Switzerland. He previously guided in Africa and on Mt. Baker. His interests include emergency first aid and medicine, search and rescue, and ski patrol. Among Jeff's many interests are small plane scenic piloting, ultra-light backpacking, back-country skiing, hiking/trekking, kayaking, and road biking. He is widely traveled and speaks some Spanish.

Mike Roberts

Mike Roberts, Instructor and Guide

IFMGA Certified Guide

Guides in Alaska, New Zealand, Argentina, Antarctica, and the Himalaya. Mike is an IFMGA guide and has summitted Mount Everest and led expeditions to Aconcagua, Denali (11 ascents), Vinson Massif in Antarctica, Gasherbrum I & II in Pakistan, Cho Oyu in Tibet and Muztagh Ata in Western China. He has also managed to fit in 14 seasons mountain and ski guiding in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, 10 seasons in Antarctica as a Field Leader / Guide to the USA Antarctic Program, has worked as a professional ski patroller / avalanche forecaster and is a qualified physiotherapist.

Paul Rosser

Paul Rosser, Instructor and Guide

AAI Tenured Guide and AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor
Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve; Adjunct Instructor, US Joint Special Operations University

Guides in Washington, Nevada, Alaska and Canada. Paul's passion for adventure has led him to climb, guide, and teach mountaineering extensively throughout North America. His instructing and guiding for AAI has included Special Operations forces and Marine Corps mountain warfare instructors in both the North Cascades and on Denali. After years of guiding, Paul served as AAI's Operations Manager until he was deployed on Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, following the 9/11 attacks. In the decade that followed, he guided part time between deployments. Now, as a senior officer in the US Army Reserve, Colonel Rosser serves as adjunct instructor to the US Joint Special Operations University and in his civilian capacity, he again works as mountain guide with the Institute. From youth climbers, to intermediate alpinists, to seasoned veterans, Paul enjoys teaching leadership skills as well as climbing and rescue techniques at all skill levels.

Britt Ruegger

Britt Ruegger, Instructor and Guide

AIARE Avalanche Instructor

Britt guides in Washington, Nevada, Colorado, California, Alaska and Canada. He began as a ski guide in Colorado in 2007 and has since transitioned into rock, alpine and ice. A Level I AIARE course leader and level II instructor, Britt is an AMGA ski aspirant and has completed the AMGA rock instructor course. He has led personal ski trips to the Cordillera Blanca in Peru and the Lakes Region Volcanoes of Chile and Argentina. He has a bachelor of arts in literature; his hobbies include practicing Spanish, playing music, and surfing.

Romel Sandoval

Romel Sandoval, Instructor and Guide

ASEGUIM Certified Mountain Guide

Guides in Ecuador. Romel has been involved in outdoor sports in Ecuador most of his life, and he has been working as a mountain guide for sixteen years. He is a ASEGUIM certified mountain guide and also holds a degree in environmental engineering. Romel's extensive climbing background includes all of the mountains of Ecuador (including some rarely climbed routes) and several 6.000 meter peaks in the rest of the Andes. He is very knowledgeable about the mountains and peoples of Ecuador. His knowledge of the culture of Ecuador makes him an especially enjoyable trip leader.

Katlynne Schaumberg

Katlynne Schaumberg, Instructor and Guide

Guides in Colorado, California, Washington and Canada. Katlynne grew up in Bellingham, Washington where she obtained her B.A. in Environmental Education from Huxley College and learned to ski and climb. Katlynne has spent the last few years teaching outdoor education and working logistics for Outward Bound and other schools in Colorado and California. Leave No Trace Trainer.

Benno Schlauri

Benno Schlauri, Instructor and Guide

IFMGA Certified Guide

Guides in Ecuador. Benno is a Swiss guide who has been living and guiding in Ecuador since 1994. He climbed extensively in the Alps throughout his teenage and early adult life. Since his arrival in Ecuador, he has continuously been guiding in most of the Andean countries. Benno is an instructor for the Ecuadorian Association of Mountain Guides. Speaks Spanish, English, French, and German.

Mark Sedon

Mark Sedon, Instructor and Guide

IFMGA Certified Guide

Guides in New Zealand, Nepal, China, Argentina, and Antarctica. Mark is another of our senior Kiwi guides based in Wanaka, New Zealand. He is an IFMGA guide who has traveled the world extensively, with ski seasons in Utah, Europe, Japan, and Canada; kite surfing time in Vietnam, Hawaii, Australia, and Ecuador; and big wall climbing trips in Yosemite, Zion, and Australia. Mark has led and guided several successful expeditions to Nepal and China including Everest, Cho Oyu, two trips to Ama Dablam, Lobuche East, Island Peak, and Mera Peak. He has also guided Carstensz and the volcanoes in Ecuador, Aconcagua, Denali, and an Antarctic Peninsula yacht-based ski and climbing expedition.

Angela Seidling

Angela Seidling, Instructor and Guide

AAI Tenured Guide and AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor
AIARE Avalanche Instructor

Guides in Washington, Nevada, Alaska, and Canada. Though the mountains of Montana are Angela's home turf, her climbing adventures have taken throughout the mountain ranges of the western US, as well as on Denali and in Peru's Cordillera Blanca. Her academic degree is in elementary education, and she has spent the last five years as a middle school teacher. Certified Leave No Trace Trainer and AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor. Speaks Spanish.

Eric Shaw

Eric Shaw, Instructor and Guide

Guides in Alaska, Washington, Nevada and Canada. After learning to climb on the granite cliffs of New England, Eric has gone on to climb extensively throughout the continental US, Alaska, Spain and Canada. Before joining AAI, he guided 50-day expeditions in southeast Alaska, taught whitewater kayaking in the southeastern US and worked with adjudicated youth populations. Eric has a BA in religious studies from Hampshire College and spends as much of his free time as possible in the mountains.

Wade Spiner

Wade Spiner, Instructor and Guide

Guides in Washington and Canada. Wade has climbed rock and ice extensively in the North East. He has climbed in 19 of the lower 48 states and has made two successful trips to Patagonia, developing new routes in Cerro Castillo region of Chile and repeating established routes in the Fitz Roy massif of Argentina. He started skiing at age 3 on Vermont "snow." Leave No Trace Master Educator.

Andy Stephen

Andy Stephen, Instructor and Guide

AAI Tenured Guide
AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor

Guides in Washington, Nevada, California, Utah, Alaska and Canada. Andy is a talented climber with numerous ascents in the Cascades, High Sierra, and the desert Southwest. While his real passion is climbing, he is also a skilled guitarist and has been skiing since the age of 3. Leave No Trace Trainer.

Freddy Tipan

Freddy Tipan, Instructor and Guide

IFMGA Certified Guide

Guides in Ecuador. Freddy serves as Director of the School of Mountain Guides in Ecuador. He is a dedicated teacher but also loves the adventure of expedition climbing. He was born near Antisana and started hiking and climbing in childhood. In his adult life he has climbed and guided extensively in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina and was Ecuador's third guide to become internationally certified by IFMGA following his training at ENSA in the French Alps.

Ben Traxler

Ben Traxler, Instructor and Guide

AAI Tenured Guide and AMGA Certified Rock Guide
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Program Provider, Adjunct Faculty - Prescott College

Guides in California, Nevada, Utah, Washington and Canada. Ben has made numerous rock, ice, and ski ascents in the Canadian Rockies and Bugaboos and throughout the western United States, including big wall routes in Yosemite. Before joining AAI's staff, Ben served as a climbing instructor and guide in a college degree granting program as well as for a variety of outdoor schools. He is a certified Leave No Trace Trainer, an AMGA Certified Rock Guide, and his academic degree is in wilderness leadership and natural history.

Alasdair Turner

Alasdair Turner, Instructor and Guide

AAI Tenured Guide and AMGA Certified Rock Guide
AIARE Avalanche Instructor

Guides in Washington, Nevada, Alaska, Canada and Bolivia. A Scotsman by birth, Alasdair has climbed in the Washington Cascades since the late nineties where, among his long list of achievements, he notched the first winter ascent of the Serpentine Arete on Dragontail Peak. Alasdair has ventured onto big walls and into mountain ranges outside Washington as well, making difficult ascents throughout Canada, Alaska, Wyoming, California, and Utah. His degree is in Chemistry. He is an AMGA Certified Rock Guide

Ben Urmston

Ben Urmston, Instructor and Guide

American Sign Language Interpreter

Guides in Alaska, British Columbia and Washington. Ben started his outdoor education career more than a decade ago and has worked many years for both Outward Bound and NOLS, the National Outdoor Leadership School. A passion for American Sign Language and the Deaf community lead Ben to combine these passions with his love for the wilderness. Ben is fluent in American Sign Language and has lead many trips with Deaf students. When not climbing rocks or mountains, Ben climbs trees as an arborist and towers in Antarctica as an antenna rigger and alternative energy specialist.

Seth White

Seth White, Instructor and Guide

Guides in Washington, Nevada and Canada. Seth grew up in the Pacific Northwest and developed a love for spending time in the mountains early on in life. He has guided, climbed, and skied in many locations all over the world including the Cascades, Alaska, Canada, Chile, Argentina, and Spain. His deep love for the mountains is what drives his passion to share it with others and is what makes him feel alive! Leave No Trace Trainer and WEA Certified Outdoor Leader.

Andrew Yasso

Andrew Yasso, Instructor and Guide

AAI Tenured Guide and AMGA Certified Rock Guide

Guides in Nevada, California, Utah, Washington, Alaska, Canada and Nepal. Andrew works as our lead guide in Red Rock, NV through the fall, winter, and spring. Andrew grew up in Hong Kong, and has a degree in outdoor recreation. He enjoys difficult alpine climbs and table tennis. Andrew has climbed in many locations throughout the United States, and has also spent time climbing in the Canadian Rockies as well as in Squamish and the Bugaboos of British Columbia. Leave No Trace Trainer and AMGA Certified Rock Guide.

Diego Zurita

Diego Zurita, Instructor and Guide

ASEGUIM Certified Mountain Guide

Guides in Ecuador. Diego was among the first Ecuadorian mountain guides to be trained at the Syndicat National des Guides de Montagne (ENSA) in France back in 1996. He was one of the founders of the Ecuadorian School of Mountain Guides (ESGUIM) where he continue to serve as an instructor and mentor. In addition to his guiding in Ecuador, Diego has led expeditions in Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina, as well as an expedition to Denali.

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