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Andy Hansen

Andy Hansen

Guide: Washington

Andy Hansen is a climber and skier born in the midwest, Wisconsin specifically, who moved to the west in 2010 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in English Linguistics. He began climbing and snowboarding as a teen but took to both these endeavors in earnest in his early-20’s. He began his guiding career in the spring of 2010 with a small rock guiding service outside of Madison, Wisconsin. His appetite for big, sandstone walls was insatiable and eventually headed for the desert. After a brief stint in the desert Andy realized colder environments were more his speed so he settled in Boulder, Colorado with his girlfriend Gina. Now he spends his days guiding full time in the Colorado Rockies in all three disciplines; rock, ski and alpine. He trains hard to be a respectable “all arounder” in the vertical world. Andy is also a fan of Albert Camus, vegetarianism, birds of prey and has a very dry sense of humor.

Significant Ascents

Moonlight Buttress (Free) V 5.12c (Zion National Park, Utah)
The Frendo Spur (Winter) V M4 AI3 (Aiguille du Midi, France)
Trois Mont & North Face Ski Descent (Mont Blanc, France)


Avalanche Level 2
Leave No Trace Trainer
AMGA Rock Guide
AMGA Aspirant Alpine Guide
AMGA Aspirant Ski Guide


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