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Brian Houle

Brian Houle

Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

Originally from North Dakota, Brian grew up hunting, fishing, and spending much of his time outdoors. He graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) with a degree in Anthropology, and worked for a number of years as a field archaeologist in the western United States and Alaska. Brian was introduced to climbing while studying abroad at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Bringing a new found passion for the sport back, he balanced his time between digging and climbing.

The transition from archaeology to guiding came slowly, and eventually he found himself immersed in a two-year guide training program. After this program Brian applied and was accepted as a short term intern with Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures (CMRCA) in Northern Thailand. What should have been 4 months turned into 5 years! Initially in charge of training the Thai guides for the AMGA SPI course and exam, his duties soon led him to guiding full time, as well as being the Head of Risk Management and Guide Training.

When not guiding in the Cascades, Alaska, or Argentina he spends his time as a climbing arborist in Ann Arbor, MI.

Guide For:


Significant Ascents

Aconcagua (3 expeditions)
Denali (2 expeditions)
Pico de Orizaba
Mount Rainier, DC and Emmons
Mount Baker
Haba Shan, China
Iceland Peak, AK
Finland Peak, AK
Torment – Forbidden Traverse, WA
Cepeda, Picu Urriellu, Spain
Back to the Primitive, China
Souls Awakening, China
Davis – Holland Lovin’ Arms, WA
SE Ridge Mount Cowen, MT
23 – day traverse of the Chugach Range, AK
1000 km unsupported cycling trip across Cambodia
Numerous first descents in the caves of Northern Thailand


AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
AMGA Rock Guide Course
AMGA Alpine Guide Course
AMGA Alpine Skills Course
Wilderness First Responder
Leave No Trace Trainer


Excellent. I can’t say enough good things. It was very well organized, and in the face of any hiccups there was always a plan, or options, and our guides always ensured we stayed as informed as possible. Their knowledge of the mountain was very good, they were instructive and helpful, and they fostered a great atmosphere.


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  • webbing, anchor, water knot


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    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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