Brooke is originally from Colorado and grew up skiing, climbing, and galavanting around the mountains of her hometown, Crested Butte. She has climbed extensively in U.S. destinations such as Indian Creek, Yosemite, Vedauwoo, and the North Cascades and internationally in Chile, Mexico, Peru, Canada and Afghanistan. She loves introducing skills to new skiers and climbers as well as helping people develop their mountain craft with larger goals in mind.
She guides in Alaska, Washington and Colorado on objectives ranging from Denali expeditions to single-day backcountry touring or rock climbing trips. She has a background in outdoor education working for Outward Bound as well as other experiential learning institutions. In her time unplugged on rugged ridges and lush tundras, she’s discovered chocolate is the best fuel and laughter is the best connector.
Take 5 with the Guide
Most beloved book?
I’m really not a favorites kind of person, but I just read Trust Exercise by Susan Choi and it was fantastic! I’m also super into nonfiction. Think Again by Adam Grant is a recent favorite, and a longtime nonfiction favorite is Deep Survival.
Dream climbing partner for your dream climb?
My dad on Cerro Torre (you said dream)
What’s always in your snack bag?
In another life, I’d…
be a dancer in the aerial dance company, Bandaloop.
One piece of advice for aspiring mountaineers?
Don’t wait too long to just buy the gear, you might end up spending more on rentals or increasingly updating gear. Just get the quality stuff from the outset (as long as you intend to continue mountaineering).
Mount Rainier via DC, Emmons, Kautz
Adams, Southwest Chutes Ski Descent
Mount Stuart, Direct North Ridge
Multiple Colorado 14ers, ski descents
Rock climbs in the Yosemite, Red Rock, Joshua Tree, Moab, the Black Canyon, Squamish and Potrero Chico.
Peak 11,300, SW Ridge
Mooses Tooth, Ham and Eggs
Denali, West Buttress
WFR / CPR
Avalanche Pro 1
AMGA Rock Guide Course
Leave No Trace Trainer
Technical Rope Rescue Comprehensive Program
AIARE Avalanche Instructor
Alpine Guide Course
Ski Guide Course
Awards & Recognition
Liz Daley Scholarship 2019
I can’t say enough about how professional and organized Alpine Ascents and their staff operate. From the moment we showed up at your Talkeetna office I could tell that Alpine Ascents was top notch.