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Andy Gill

Andy Gill

Mountain Guide: Washington

Andy brings to Alpine Ascents a passion for educating and a deep love of wilderness. Growing up on cross-country skis in the kettle moraine of Wisconsin, Andy learned to yearn for big mountains while studying chemistry during college in California. En route to becoming a professional outdoor educator and guide he climbed alpine rock and glacier across the US, Ecuador, and Peru. He comes to Alpine Ascents following many years instructing climbing, backpacking, and skiing for various schools, colleges, and companies. Some of his more memorable climbing moments include dodging giant bulls on the approach to Mt. Carihuaiazo in Ecuador and reaching summits across the Tetons with his best friend Nate. When not out climbing or skiing, Andy can be found practicing Spanish, tending to his bee hive, or enjoying time with his wife and daughter, Jenn and Lucy.

Significant Ascents

Cotopaxi (3x) (Ecuador)
Carihuaiazo (2x) (Ecuador)
Pisco Oeste (Peru)
Urus (Peru)
Ishinca (Peru)
Mt Rainier
Mt Baker (5x -various routes and ski descents)
Mt Stuart complete N. Ridge
Mt Hood
Forbidden Peak
El Dorado, Spring Glacier
Colchuck Peak, Triple Couloirs
Grand Teton
Liberty Crack: Liberty Bell
50+ multi-pitch gear rock routes across the US
Various Water Ice routes in CO, WA, and Canada


Wilderness First Responder / CPR
AMGA Rock Instructor Course
Avalanche Level I & II
PSIA Instructor
PADI diver


“A wilderness therapy intervention…” Advocates Forum University of Chicago 2006


  • Staying Hydrated in the Backcountry

    Sometimes the harsh environment encountered in mountaineering can make even the simplest tasks difficult. Staying hydrated is a perfect example – something that is among the most banal of tasks in the lowcountry can become exceedingly complicated in a cold, snowy environment. When all available water is locked up in solid form as snow or […]

  • webbing, anchor, water knot


    The following is the fifth in a series of “how-to” videos on the major knots and hitches used in the mountains. Stay tuned for more videos on knots like the bowline and ring bend, and hitches like the Klemheist and Prusik! The water knot is a simple knot used to tie two ends of webbing […]

  • Knots and Hitches: The Figure 8 Follow Through

    The following is the fifth in a series of “how-to” videos on the major knots and hitches we use in the mountains. Stay tuned for more videos on knots like the bowline, ring bend- and hitches like the Klemheist & Prusik! The Figure 8 follow through is a standard knot used for many different purposes […]

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