Our Favorite Guides
We've climbed with these guides, know them well, and highly recommend them for your next adventure on ice.
With a wealth of knowledge and great positive psych, Andres Marin is not only a highly respected alpinist but a great friend. Based in Ouray, Andres climbs and guides in the San Juans, Alaska, Peru and the Himalayas. He has a passion for climbing long alpine routes in remote mountain ranges. Several companies look to Andres for help with R&D, including Petzl, The North Face, Scarpa, Julbo and Gu.
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San Juan Mountain Guides
Founded in 1986, SJMG is known as “The Local Experts” for climbing and skiing in Ouray, Durango, Telluride and the San Juan Mountains. All guides are not only AMGA or IFMGA certified, they are really fun to climb with. We know; we learned to ice climb with SJMG.
Ragged Mountain Guides
Covering the Northeast and beyond, Ragged Mountain Guides offers personalized guide services in ice, rock and alpine mountaineering. Founder and director, Matt Shove has climbed and guided clients all over the U.S. In fact, it's a rare day that Matt isn't out guiding. Rumor has it, he has cameos in many of the Star Wars movies. #seekqualifiedinstruction
Contact Matt Shove - (203)228-2311
Owner Silas Rossi is an internationally licensed IFMGA guide.Based in New Paltz, NY, Silas spends his winters guiding ice climbing and ski mountaineering in the Catskills, Adirondacks and White Mountains. In the summer, Silas guides alpine climbing in the alps and rock climbing in the Italian Dolomites. Silas also teaches professional guide training courses for the AMGA.
Contact Silas - (207)949-1736
Fox Mountain Guides
The only guide service in the Southeast accredited by the AMGA, FMG offers ice climbing and mountaineering programs in New Hampshire and North Carolina. FMG is owned by Cristin Knowlton and Karsten Delap. Cristin has a passion for climbing and adventure that is contagious. Karsten was the first AMGA Alpine Guide in the Southeast and is an active
Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician. karstendelap.com.
Contact FMG (888)284-8433
AMGA certified Rock Guide Lindsay Fixmer is a talented climber and alpinist, who is a technician on ice, climbing up to WI6. Lindsay is highly respected in the climbing community and an outstanding teacher and person. In addition to being a super strong climber, Lindsay is a talented musician. You can find her in Bozeman, MT and Cody, WY in the winter and in the Bishop/Sierra region in the summer.
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Chicks Climbing and Skiing
Offering programs in rock, ice and alpine climbing, Chicks Climbing and Skiing is the longest standing women's climbing program in the history of climbing. Most importantly, it is owned by five experienced female guides: Kitty Calhoun, Dawn Glanc, Angela Hawse, Elaina Arenz and Karen Bockel. Sign up for a course and be inspired by these amazing women!
Based in Bozeman, MT, Geoff Schellens has an impressive climbing resume that includes summiting Lhotse, Everest, K2 and Shishapangma in the Himalayas. He guides in the Northwest, Peru and Alaska, and has made multiple summits of Denali, as well as more than 80 summits of Rainier. Geoff is also a professional photographer. Check out his website, theexposededge.com, to see photographs from his latest trips.
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Kevin is an experienced mountain professional and a regarded educator who's most at home in the mountains. He has a lengthy professional background both at nationally renowned outdoor schools and in higher learning where he has developed climbing programs for several universities, including Princeton University and West Virginia University. You'll find Kevin guiding and instructing alpine rock and ice in the Pacific Northwest, guiding hard waterfall ice in New England, and most recently instructing and guiding in the Rockies of Montana - he currently calls the Bozeman area home. Kevin is a professional member of the AMGA and currently sits on their Board of Directors, and believes in the efficacy of seeking qualified instruction to elevate your climbing game. Contact Kevin - firstname.lastname@example.org or www.kevinshonclimbs.