Guide Services and Organizations (updated 12/21/07)

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To climb smoothly, between sky and earth, in a succession of precise and efficient movements, induces an inner peace and even a mood of gaiety; it is like a well-regulated ballet, with the roped climbers all in their respective places. ~Gaston Rebuffat. On Snow and Rock.

Mountain climbing would be great if it weren't for all that damn climbing! ~Warren Harding

The web contains many informative sites for the mountaineer. Some of the better ones are listed below. Please help keep these links of mountain guides up to date by suggesting new sites, address changes or identify any link not working. Contact

The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) includes a complete list of AMGA certified Ski Mountaineering Guides, Alpine Guides, Rock Climbing Guides and and guide services/schools.

A list of guides specializing in trips and programs for women are listed separately.

Below is a list and links to guides based in [Alaska] [Arizona] [Canada] [California] [Colorado] [Idaho] [International and Others] [Nevada] [New Hampshire] [Maine] [Minnesota] [North Carolina] [Utah] [Washington] [West Virginia] [Wyoming]

Alaska Based Guides

Alaskan Gourmet Adventures--hike, ski and climb the Alaskan Skyline at your own pace and tailored for your own interest. Catering to small groups of all ages, who want to get off the beaten path and take ownership in their Alaskan adventure.

Alaska Mountain Guides & Climbing School, Inc.--Climbing, Trekking, and Skiing in Alaska and the worlds' great ranges. P.O. Box 1081, Haines, Alaska 99827. Phone: 907-766-3366 or 800-766-3396.

Mimi Bouquin--140 10th Street, Anchorage, Alaska 99501, phone: (907) 272-0904, e-mail: An AMGA certified alpine guide. Guides in the Wrangell-St Elias Range and the Alaska Range with American Alpine Institute and Ultma Thule Outfitters.

Matt Kinney, RA/Guide, Thompson Pass Treks--specializing in guide ascent and descent telemark skiing in the Valdez Mountains. Private lodging with resident guide. Twenty years of telemark skiing experience in the Chugach Range. Ice climbing, nordic touring, backcountry mountaineering, summer treks, Thompson Pass Chalet. E-mail:

Mountain Trip--Climb with the guides who know Alaska's mountains best. Gary Bocarde (AMGA certified) is perhaps the finest guide in Alaska and the only guide that will lead experienced climbers on the nonstandard technical routes on Mount McKinley, Mount Hunter, Mount Foraker, Mount Russell and other Alaskan peaks. Includes programs for women as well. There address is: Box 91161, Anchorage, Alaska, 99509, phone: (907) 345-6499, e-mail:

Valdez Heli-Ski Guides--offers exclusive guided helicopter and fixed-wing skiing access to the remote Chugach Range in Southern Alaska. Address: P.O. Box 25029, Jackson WY 83001, phone: (907) 835-4528 or e-mail:

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Arizona Based Guides

Ascend Adventures--is Arizona's leading provider of guided outdoor adventure including rock climbing, canyoneering, canoeing, caving, mountain biking, and hiking trips, as well as a wide variety of international adventures.

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California Based Guides

Alpine Skills International--Bela and Mimi Vadasz, P.O. Box 8, Norden, CA 95724, phone: (530) 426-9108 or 426-9109, e-mail: ASI is a complete guide service and climbing school with international trips and field instruction on mountaineering techniques, tele and rondonee skiing, avalanche safety and much more. Bela and Mimi lead the Haute Route, Mount Blanc to Matterhorn Peak, each spring on rondonee skis.

Adventure to the Edge--an international mountain guide service offering custom designed tours in the Colorado Rockies, Sierra Nevada, European Alps, Mexican volcanoes, South America and beyond. Jean Pavillard of Crested Butte, CO, and Bela Vadasz of ASI, Norden, CA, have teamed up to provide these excellent guide services. E-mail: or call (800) 349-5219.

Bardini Foundation--specialiazing in the high Sierra Nevada, backcountry skiing and snowboarding, rock climbing, avalanche training. Located in Bishop, CA. Phone (760) 872-1665.

California Alpine Guides/International Alpine Guides, Dave Miller,Guide/Owner, AMGA Certified Rock & Alpine Guide, Website:, Phone: 877 MTN-CLIMB, Cell: 775 225-1062.

Cosley and Houston Alpine Guides--1627 Dunbar Lane, Bishop, CA 93514, phone (760) 872-3811, e-mail: Kathy Cosley and Mark Houston team up to provide guide services targeting both men and women. AMGA certified guides.

John Fischer--P.O. Box 694, Bishop, CA 93515, phone: (760) 873-5037 or (760) 873-9128

Flygirls--fishing school for women, Lexi Boeger, Placerville, CA, phone:(530) 622-0433 or e-mail: Learn to fly fish in the Sierra Nevada with a real pro.

High and Wild Mountain Guides--P.O. Box 11905, Tahoe Paradise, CA 95708, phone (530) 577-2370.

Mountain Adventure Seminars--ski school, avalanche, courses, guided ski tours, mountaineering. Bear Valley, CA, phone: (800) 36-CLIMB or (209) 753-6556, e-mail:

The Mountain Guide--Doug Nidever, AMGA certified guide. Doug is one of a handful of guides legally approved to guide in Yosemite National Park and one of only a very few certified big wall guides in the US. Doug leads technical rock and ice as well as backcountry skiing and peakbagging trips. See his ice report for June Lake and Lee Vinning Canyon at his web site. Phone: (760) 648-7221. E-mail:

Moving Over Stone--Moving Over Stone with Doug Robinson, who is the most experienced ski guide in the Sierra, second only to David Beck. Individual instruction and corporate programs from the Bay Area to the Sierra, including a spring ski camp on the Tablelands to ski the great terrain on the western end of the fabled Sierra High Route. Doug was the first President of the AMGA, is a certified rock and alpine guide, and helped write the ski guide requirements. E-mail: He is also the author of the highly successful book entitled, "A Night on the Ground, A Day in the Open".

John Moynier--314 Shepard Lane, Bishop, CA 93514, (619) 934-2596 ext. 251, e-mail: John Moynier is author of several very successful books including "Backcountry Skiing in the High Sierra" and "Sierra Classics: 100 Best Climbs in the High Sierra."

Shasta Mountain Guides--1928 Hill Road, Mount Shasta, CA 96067, phone: (530) 926-3117, e-mail: Andy Selters and Michael Zanger are the authors of the very fine book, "The Mount Shasta Book: A Guide to Hiking, Climbing, Skiing ..."

Sierra Guides Alliance--backcountry skiing and snowboarding, summer mountaineering and backpacking. Phone: (209) 605-0996. E-mail:

Sierra Mountain Center--Todd Vogel and SP Parker have merged to create a year round offering of all sorts of mountain trips with a special emphasis on ski mountaineering, climbing, backpacking and mountain biking in California's Sierra Nevada and around the world. All lead guides are AMGA certified. Their address is: P.O. Box 95, Bishop, CA 93514, phone: (760) 873-8526 or (760) 387-2858, e-mail: or

Sierra Ski Touring--with Dave Beck. Telemark courses, avalanche training, dog sled support, Meiss Hut (near Carosn Pass, California), phone: (702) 782-3047.

Sierra Wilderness Seminars--Timothy Keating, 369-B Third Street, San Rafael, CA 94901, phone: (415) 455-9358 or 888.797.6867, e-mail:

Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides--accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association featuring rock climbing, backpacking, hiking, fly fishing and mountain biking.

Sonora Pass Mountaineering School--P.O. Box 1287, Pinecrest, CA 95364, phone: (209) 965-3938.

Vertical Adventures Rockclimbing School--has been Southern California's rock climbing leader, setting a standard of professionalism with our low student to instructor ratios, excellent safety record, and highly qualified guides. Phone: 800-514-8785

Tim Villanueva--P.O. Box 1733, Bishop, CA 93515, phone (760) 872-4413.

Yosemite Mountaineering School--A full service climbing school, guide service and cross country ski center located inside Yosemite National Park. Address: Yosemite National Park, CA 95389, phone: (209) 372-1244 or (209) 372-8344.

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Canadian Based Guides

A comprehensive list of Canadian backcountry huts with their respective guide services can be found under Huts.

Abby Watkins--rock climbing, mountaineering, backcountry skiing, ice climbing, expeditions to exotic locations with expert instruction and guiding. Golden, British Columbia, Canada.

Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH)-- is the oldest and largest helicopter skiing company in the world. They offer skiing in the Bugaboos, Caribous and Monashees. Address: 217 Bear Street, P.O. Box 1660, Banff, Alberta TOL OCO. Phone: (406) 762-7100.

Canadian Paddlequest--custom and instructional kayak trips in British Columbia and the Yukon designed for women. Expeditions for all ability levels. Highly experienced, personable guides provide a fun, safe and exciting learning experience.

Karl Klassen--Karl creates premier private, customized trips to the world's best rock climbing and mountaineering destinations. Choose Karl if you want a trip tailored for your needs by a veteran guide, instructor and author of avalanche forecasting and guiding manuals.

M&W Guides--join Wendy and Mark, a husband and wife team with more than 30 years combined experience in mountain and ski guiding and outdoor education, for personalized private guiding services in the majestic Canadian Rockies. private guiding in the Canadian Rockies, from Western Canada's finest ice, rock and alpine mountaineering guides. Tell us what you want, we take care of the rest.

Peak Freak Expeditions--offering Canadian backcountry ski mountaineering, avalanche courses, Himalayan expeditions, Mt. Everest, Pumori and Ama Dablam, and more.

Ptarmigan Tours--fly-in huts in the Purcells, Canada.

Yamnuska--custom adventures for the vertically inclined.

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Colorado Based Guides

Adventure to the Edge--an international mountain guide service offering custom designed tours in the Colorado Rockies, Sierra Nevada, European Alps, Mexican volcanoes, South America and beyond. Jean Pavillard of Crested Butte, CO, and Bela Vadasz of ASI, Norden, CA, have teamed up to provide these excellent guide services. E-mail: or call (800) 349-5219.

Aspen Alpine Guides--guiding the Colorado huts

Boulder Academy of Alpine Arts--rock and ice climbing, instruction and guiding, backcountry skiing.

Colorado Mountain School--guiding to the mountains of the world, but our basecamp is at the foot of Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado. We are the only guide service legally authorized to climb in Rocky Mountain National Park.

On Top Mountaineering--Jorg Wilz is a certified UIAGM and AMGA mountain and ski guide based in Boulder, CO, specializing in peak climbs, treks and rock climbing in the Alps and Colorado. P.O. Box 1025, Boulder, CO 80306, phone: 303-530-3544, e-mail:

San Juan Mountain Guides--offering personalized professional instruction and guiding. Guiding and courses are offered on a year round basis and all experience levels are welcome. San Juan Mountain Guides is a business dedicated to instruction in not only alpinism, but also traditional values and ethics with regards to backcountry travel.

The World Outside--extraordinary multi-sport, hiking & biking backcountry adventures in the Rockies, Southwest, Sierras, Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Hawaii, Latin America & the South Pacific! Inn & camping trips for all ages and abilities since 1988. Based in Boulder, CO.

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Idaho Based Guides

Sawtooth Guides--Kirk Bachman, P.O. Box 18 Stanley, Idaho 83278, phone: (208) 774-3324, e-mail:

Sun Valley Trekking Company--Sarah Michael and Bob Jonas provide guide service with hut to hut skiing to 5 huts in the Sawtooth Range, ski tours and instruction. E-mail:

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International and Others

Adventure Consultants--high altitude international expeditions. UIAGM Mountain and Ski Guide. They are based in Wanaka, New Zealand, phone: +64 3 443 8711, e-mail:

Alpine Mexico--specializing in the volcanoes of Mexico, Pico De Orizaba, Iztaccihuatl, Nevado De Toluca. Guiding since 1969. Fernando Trejo, Director, Anahuac #133, Coapa Mexico D.F 04950. Phone +52 5 671-70-76. E-mail:

Cotopaxi--this site is filled with info on climbing in Ecuador and Boliva. A collaborative effort of Andinistas in Quito and the Colleigio Americana (the Cotopaxi School). Please feel free to contact regarding Andean Mountaineering especially climbing in Ecuador and Boliva.

Geographic Expeditions--provides a wide range of small group and private treks, voyages and expeditions throughout the world. Phone: (800) 777-8183 or (415) 922-0448 or e-mail:

Jagged Globe (formerly Himalayan Kingdoms Expeditions) offers the widest selection of international expeditions, climbs, private guiding, private expeditions services and mountaineering courses. Trips to Argentina, Nepal, Boliva, Tibet, Alaska, Ecuador, Russia, Nepal, Karakoram, Peru, Africa, Patagonia, Pamirs, Tien Shan, Ladakh and Antarctica. They are based in Sheffield, United Kingdom, E-mail: or

La Chaumine a la Grave--the guides of La Chaumine offer guided glacier skiing on the La Meije massif. Address: La Chaumine Lodge, Ventalon, 05320 La Grave, France, phone:

Mountain-Link--In parternship with Mountain Hardwear, Mountain-Link has a wide range of international climbs as well as offering custom trips to suit your needs. Trips are scheduled to: Argentina, Tanzania, New Zealand, Mexico, Nepal, Tibet, Bolivia, Eduador, Italy, California, Peru, and Inda. Phone: 800-408-8949.

Mountain Madness--rock, ice, mountain climbing, international expeditions, trekking, photography, skiing and safaris in South America, North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Based in Seattle, Washington, phone: (800) 328-5925.

On Top Mountaineering--Jorg Wilz is a certified UIAGM and AMGA mountain and ski guide based in Boulder, CO, specializing in peak climbs, treks and rock climbing in the Alps and Colorado. P.O. Box 1025, Boulder, CO 80306, phone: 303-530-3544, e-mail:

Outward Bound--programs specializing in youth.

OTT Expeditions--are world leaders in providing innovative and professional climbing expedition services to remote mountains of the world. They organise everything and provide world-class guides to accompany you. OTT is licensed and bonded. OTT Expeditions, Unit 5b, Southwest Centre, Troutbeck Road, Sheffield, S7 20A, United Kingdom.

Steven Schreiber--AMGA certified, 42 Spaxton Street, Methven, New Zealand, phone: 64 3 3028 119, e-mail:

Wild Walks--offers guided trekking and climbing in New Zealand. Small groups (5 max.) with a qualified guide. Classic ascents and treks through remote and seldom visited routes. This is a unique backcountry experience avoiding crowded huts and tracks. Directed by UIAGM Guide Whitney Thurlow.

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Maine Based Guides

Acadia Mountain Guides--safe, supportive, state-of-the-art instruction and guiding in our home base of Acadia National Park, Maine, and in destination trips to South America and the western U.S.

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Minnesota Based Guides

Adventures in Good Company--all types of high quality, affordable outdoor and wilderness trips just for women.

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Nevada Based Guides

Ascent--915 Sageview Court, Sparks, NV 89434, phone: (702) 356-6553

Skys the Limit: The Company of Guides--AMGA accredited guiding in the Red Rock Canyon in southern Nevada and the Sierra Nevada from Lake Tahoe to Mount Whitney. Phone: 702-363-4533 or 800-733-7597.

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New Hampshire Based Guides

Chauvin Guides--Marc Chauvin (AMGA Certified Ski Guide), Box 2151, North Conway, New Hampshire 03860, phone: (603) 356-8919, e-mail:

Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) Climbing School--Box 1666, North Conway, New Hamshire 03860, phone: (800) 310-4504 or (603)356-5433, e-mail: or With EMS climbing school locations in New Hamshire, New York, Colorado and Connecticut.

Jay Philbrick, Climbing Guide-- Jay is an AMGA certified level II rock and alpine guide offering rock and ice climbing instruction, mountaineering and guided ascents in New Hampshire.

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North Carolina Based Guides

Appalachian Mountain Guides--a rock-climbing guide service for North Carolina climbing areas. The only AMGA certified guides in the south and offer private guiding and instruction in groups up to 3 people. Information taught is based on the client's skill level and covers first time climbers to leading instruction.

Carolina Outdoors--there is no better way to view nature than from the perspective you get from a kayak. All instruction and equipment is included in the price of the tour, and are enjoyable by any level of paddling ability. Phone: 800-334-4777

Kitty Hawk Kites--known widely as the world's largest & oldest Hang Gliding school now teaching our 25th year! There is no more beautiful place to learn to fly. Try Kite Surfing, climb one of our rock climbing walls. Phone: 800-334-4777.

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Utah Based Guides

Camp 5 Expeditions--worldwide adventure travel and mountaineering in Europe, South America, North America, Asia and Africa. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, phone: (800) 914-3834, e-mail:

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Washington Based Guides

Alpine Ascents International--our international reputation began on Mt. Everest and our expertise quickly spread to great mountains around the world. The North Cascades Mountaineering School is considered one of the premier climbing schools in America.

American Alpine Institute--North America's most comprehensive guide service and technical instruction school since 1975. AAI offers guided ascents and instructional programs for all levels of ability, including trekking in Nepal, Bolivia, Peru and Patagonia.1515 12th Street, Bellingham, WA 98225, phone: (360) 671-1505, e-mail: According to Jon Krakauer, Outside Magazine, AAI is, "The best all around climbing school and guide service in North America."

Beyond Limits--offers a comprehensive selection of mountaineering, trekking and mountain bike trips throughout the world for all activity levels.

Cascade Alpine Guides and Adventures--specialists in "user-friendly" instruction and guiding, offering hiking, mountaineering, skiing and multi-sport and family adventures in North America, South America, Mexico, Africa and Asia. Mature, expert and personable staff with average of 14 years professional guiding experience.

Mountain Madness--rock, ice, mountain climbing, international expeditions, trekking, photography, skiing and safaris in South America, North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Based in Seattle, Washington, phone: (800) 328-5925.

REI Adventures--guide and travel services for trips around the world

Summits Adventure--is an international guide service specializing in mountain climbing, trekking and skiing. Address: 51902 Wanda Road, Eatonville, WA 98328, phone: (360) 569-2992.

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Wyoming Based Guides

Aventuras Patagonicas--with more than eleven years of experience based in Jackson, Wyoming, specializing in Alaska, Antarctica, Europe (French and Swiss Alps) and South America, specifically Argentina and Patagonia. Phone: 888-203-9354, or 307-734-5201, or e-mail:

Exum Mountain Guides--is the only guide service authorized by the National Park Service to guide all the Teton Range peaks. Also provides ice climbing, ski and snowboard mountaineering as well as climbs of Denali, Aconcagua and the European Alps. Also have programs specifically designed for women (see below). Phone: (307) 733-2297.

Exum Mountain Guides and Teton Mountaineering--Their program, "Women That Rock" includes programs for women in basic rock climbing, intermediate rock climbing, sport climbing, advanced climbing and mountaineering on snow and rock. Phone (307) 733-3595 or (800) 850-3595 or e-mail them at

NOLS--National Outdoor Leadership School.

High Plains Outdoor Institute--a new school/outfitter in S.E. WY - NOLS philo. based with excellent people. Site is: and/or

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West Virginia Based Guides

Seneca Rocks Climbing School--building on a twenty year history of professional skill and congenial service, our experienced, high-standard rock climbing instructors are dedicated to teaching and to helping people safely discover the challenge and adventure of the vertical rock environment. Phone: 800-548-0108.

Backcountry_Resource_Center--Paul Richins, Jr.

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