Andrew Bennett

    Andrew Bennett

    Guide: Washington, Alaska

    Andrew considers himself lucky to have found the magical world of climbing and mountaineering while studying geology at the University of Washington. From early on Andrew realized he enjoyed climbing rocks far more than studying them. One thing led to another and he found himself climbing mountains further from home. After spending time on a particularly long climbing trip that took him to New Zealand, Australia, Europe and Asia he decided it was time to come back to apply the skills and knowledge he acquired as a guide in his home range. Andrew has worked as a guide for Alpine Ascents for 5 seasons. Andrew loves all types of climbing and enjoys sharing the mountains with people new to these wild environments. These days Andrew calls Leavenworth Washington home. When not in the mountains you can find him chasing sunshine with his girlfriend and dog, Sol.

    Take 5 with the Guide

    If you could only take one album on an expedition…
    The Dark Side of the Moon

    Guilty Pleasure
    Dessert before dinner

    Dream rope team / climbing partner for your dream climb?
    Denali with my Dog

    If you could be stuck with anyone (past or present) at base camp for a week
    Morgan Freeman and his soothing voice

    What’s always in your snack bag?
    Bag Salads and Gummie bears

    Guide For:


    Significant Ascents

    2 Guided Denali West Buttress Expeditions
    25+ Guided Ascents of Rainier via 3 routes
    Mont Blanc, France
    Mt Aspiring, New Zealand
    Pico de Orizaba, Mexico
    Splitboard Descent Mt. Rainier
    Numerous Splitboard Descents of Cascade Volcanoes
    Sendero Luminoso 5.12+ Mexico
    South Howser Tower, BC
    North Ridge Mt Stuart
    Mt Shuksan
    Numerous Rock and Ice Ascents in the Western US
    Numerous rock climbs in Asia, South America and Europe


    Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician
    Apprentice Alpine Guide
    Avalanche Level 2
    Leave No Trace Trainer

    Everything I hoped for. Both of these guys are top-notch guides. They consistently used every opportunity to teach us how to be better climbers. I was impressed how they would tutor us, but not treat us like children. They expected us to be experienced climbers and demanded that we rise to the occasion. It was […]

    Denali BLOG

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