Brian Houle

Brian Houle

Guide: Washington, Mongolia, 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 B.A. in Archaeology, and worked for a number of years as a field archaeologist in the lower-48 United States and beyond. Brian was introduced to climbing while studying abroad at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Bringing back a newfound passion for the sport, 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, international guide training program. After this program Brian worked with Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures (CMRCA) in Northern Thailand. Initially in charge of training the Thai guides for the AMGA SPI course and exam, his duties soon led to full-time guiding, as well as being the Head of Risk Management and Guide Training. Brian has been guiding in Asia for 5+ years – including treks along the Great Wall of China, cross country cycling trips in Cambodia, caving in Northern Thailand, rock climbing, etc. He is highly competent on rock, snow, and ice.

When not guiding he spends his time making furniture from reclaimed wood, spending time with his growing family, and of course throwing frisbee with his favorite Australian Shepard.

You can stay updated on Brian’s latest adventures on his website.

Significant Ascents

Denali (2 expeditions, 2 summits)
Aconcagua (4 expeditions, 4 summits)
Mount Elbrus (2 expeditions, 2 summits)
Mount Khuiten, Mongolia
Mount Rainier (multiple ascents via 4 routes)
Mount Baker (multiple ascents via 3 routes)
Pico de Orizaba, Mexico
Itzaccihuatl, Mexico
Huanya Potosi, Bolivia, French Route
Illimani, Bolvia, Normal Route
Cerro Arkhata, Bolivia, “The Keep, ” FA (Grade III WI3+ M4)
Cerro Mururata, Bolivia, “Power to the Process,” FA (Grade IV WI5 M5)
Haba Shan, China ( Grade III)
Back to the Primitive, China (Grade III, 5.11+)
Souls Awakening, China (Grade III, 5.10+)
Iceland Peak, AK (Alaska Grade II)
Finland Peak, AK (Alaska Grade II)
Torment – Forbidden Traverse, WA (Grade III, 5.6)
Cepeda, Picu Urriellu, Spain (Grade III, 5.10a)
SE Ridge Mount Cowen, MT (Grade III, 5.6)
Chugach Range Traverse, AK (23 days)
Unsupported cycling trip across Cambodia, 1000km (guided twice)
Numerous rock and alpine climbis across China, Spain, Bolivia, United States, Thailand, Vietnam, and Chile

Certifications

Wilderness First Responder / CPR
AIARE Pro 1
AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide
AMGA Apprentice Alpine Guide
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
Leave No Trace Trainer

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Awards & Recognition

Jim Roux Climbing Grant – 2018
Mazamas Alpine Adventure Expedition Grant – 2018
Ambassador for Give’r

The ground support was excellent in the areas of travel, timing, events. My individual goals were met and exceeded, My guide was extremely patient and he is a superb teacher, I feel lucky to have had him as a guide. Our Mongolian liaison was outstanding. Related

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