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Guides

Alpine Ascents carefully selects each Denali guiding team, aiming for the highest experience level possible. Our team of lead guides is composed of established climbers, instructors, and regional experts.

Guide Staff

Dylan Cembalski

Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

Tom Chambers

Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

Connor Chilcott

Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

Mike Coyle

Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

David Gottlieb

Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

Joda Hankins

Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

Sam Hennessey

Washington, Alaska, International

Bryce Hill

Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

Brian Houle

Guide: Washington, Mongolia, Alaska, International

Michael Hutchins

Guide: Alaska, Washington, International

Ben Jones

Guide: International, Washington, Alaska

Kristie Kayl

Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

Paul Koubek

Guide: Kilimanjaro, International, Alaska

Victor McNeil

Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

Evan Miller

Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

Nik Mirhashemi

Guide: Washington, Alaska

Peter Moore

Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

Nick Mullan

Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

Eric Murphy

Guide: International, Alaska. Kilimanjaro Program Manager

Gary Newmeyer

Guide: Washington, Alaska

Don Nguyen

Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

Robin Pendery

Guide: Washington, Alaska

Erin Pollock

Guide: Alaska, Washington

Travis Powell

Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

Mark Pugliese

Guide: Washington, Alaska

John Race

Guide, Alaska

Stuart Robertson

Guide: International, Washington, Alaska

Jangbu Sherpa

Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

Dawa Yangzum Sherpa

Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

Kieran Sullivan

Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

Vern Tejas

Guide: International, Washington, Alaska

Seth Timpano

Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

Stephen Williams

Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

The program was excellently tailored to minimize climber burnout and maximize acclimatization, giving as many members of the team as possible the best opportunity at being in the best possible physical condition for a summit bid.

Photo: Brad Washburn
Gear Check in the Alpine Ascents Hangar
Loading the plane at the Talkeetna airport
View from the plane on the way to Base Camp
Photo: Steve Tambosso
Photo: Steve Tambosso
Photo: Steve Tambosso
Photo: Steve Tambosso
Photo: Steve Tambosso
Photo: Steve Tambosso
Photo: Steve Tambosso
Photo: Steve Tambosso
View of fixed lines from 17K
Photo: Steve Tambosso
Photo: Victor McNeil
Photo: Steve Tambosso
Photo: Steve Tambosso
Above Washburn's Thumb
Midnight on the summit ridge.
The Fireweed Inn

ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

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    Most tent manufacturers these days offer a superlight, two pound (or less!) tent. These tents are simple to setup, occupy a very small footprint, and again – weigh in at about or under two pounds. When choosing a tent, it’s easy to focus on those factors and arrive at the conclusion that a single-walled shelter […]

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  • Guide Spotlight: Dawa Yangzum Sherpa

    While Alpine Ascents is fortunate to work with dozens of world-class guides and climbers, we are especially grateful to work with Dawa Yangzum Sherpa. Hailing from Nepal’s Rolwaling Himal, Dawa’s resume includes numerous 8000m ascents (Everest, Cho Oyu, K2), successful entries in high-altitude ultra-marathons, time spent as a climbing ranger on Mount Rainier, and instructorship […]

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