Ben Markhart

Ben Markhart

Guide: Washington, Alaska

Ben grew up in Minnesota and went on his first weeklong backcountry trip via canoe at 6 months old. Ever since he was hooked. Since 2012 he has worked as an outdoor educator and guide. Currently he splits his time between Colorado and Washington.

Ben loves teaching others about the mountains as much as he enjoys playing in them himself. He strives to make his guests participants and partners in the process of climbing mountains to get the most out of the experience.

In his free time you’ll most likely find him climbing up something to ski down it. You can check out what he’s been up to lately at his website or on Instagram @benmarkhart.

Guide For:


Significant Ascents

Mount Rainier, 30+ summits, via DC, Emmons, Kautz Glacier
Mount Shuksan via Fisher-Chimneys, Sulfide Glacier
Mount Baker via North Ridge, Easton, Colman-Deming
Technical alpine climbs and ski descents on many peaks and routes around Washington.
Numerous technical ski descents of 13 and 14,000-foot peaks around Colorado
Numerous winter ascents of technical 13 and 14,000-foot peaks around Colorado
Water ice climbs up to WI5+, Grade III.
Traditional rock climbs up to 5.11, Grade V.


Wilderness First Responder / CPR
AIARE Level 1 Qualified Course Instructor
AAA Pro Member with Pro 2 Certification
Leave No Trace  Trainer
AMGA Rock Guide
AMGA Advanced Ski Guide Course


Reason I always use Alpine is because I know I am going to get a professional guide service that will place my safety above all else on the mountain. Top quality in every aspect. I have climbed with Alpine on a number of occasions and I really appreciate the attention to detail. Honestly on this trip I cannot think of a single area to improve on.


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