Joshua Cole
Guide: Mount Rainier

Joshua Cole guides in the Cascades for Alpine Ascents. He is the Washington Director of Program & Safety for the Northwest Outward Bound School, a lead instructor for Wilderness Medical Training Center. Josh spends his winters as a backcountry ski guide in the North Cascades and is pursuing his AMGA Ski Guide Certification. Josh is a wilderness risk management consultant and has presented on risk management and program design at numerous national conferences. Josh has a former life as a research geologist and still likes to talk about the fascinating geology of the Pacific Northwest.

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Significant Ascents

Mt. Rainier (4 routes / 14 ascents / 2 ski descents)
Mt. Baker (3 routes / 3 ascents / 2 ski descents)
Eldorado, West Ridge
Forbidden, West Ridge
Dorado Needle SW Buttress
Mt. Goode
Washington Pass Area (10+ routes, numerous ascents)
Mt. Stuart, North Ridge
Mt. Maud, North Face
Dragontail Peak, Backbone Ridge & Serpentine Arete
Prussik Peak, Burgener-Stanley
Cosmic Spur
Pyramid de Tacul
Pt. Adolphe Rey
Dent de Geant
Breithorn (3 routes / 3 ascents)
Monta Rosa


AIARE Avalanche Level II
Leave No Trace Master
AMGA Ski Guide Course
Wilderness EMT