Elias Zane Holt

    Elias Zane Holt

    Guide: Washington, Alaska

    Born and raised in a log home in Talkeetna, with a bush pilot / hunting guide for a father and a strong independent mother, Elias was given a great opportunity and unique perspective of the world that he doesn’t want to waste.  He still calls Alaska his home, but moved to Anchorage to be closer to an international airport – key for work and play.

    Elias started guiding at the age of 19 and never looked back. Now with years of experience and many certifications, he guides all over the globe. From ski trips in the famous deep powder of Japan, month long expeditions in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, basking incredible views from high altitude expeditions on Denali and skiing incredible corn on the Antarctic peninsula, Elias is forever on the move.

    He holds certifications in avalanche rescue and forecasting, rescue rope work and glacier rescue, ski instructing, rope access work, to name a few. Elias is currently starting his route to IFGMA certification through the American Mountain Guide Association. When he isn’t guiding, Elias enjoys watching late 80’s sci-fi movies, sipping hoppy IPAs and delving into the wonderful world of…cribbage.

    Take 5 with the Guide

    If you could take only one album on an expedition?
    any Run the Jewels album works for me…

    Favorite movie?
    Point Break

    Most beloved book?
    The Golden Spruce – John Vaillant

    What was your first mountain?
    Control Tower, Alaska Range

    In another life, I’d…
    be a bartender

    Significant Ascents

    Denali, West Buttress (2)
    Mt. Dickey, Alaska Range
    Mt. Rainer
    Control Tower, Alaska Range
    Kahiltna Dome, Alaska Range
    2 ski expeditions in Antarctica
    6 Seasons of Ski Guiding In Japan


    Wilderness First Responder / CPR
    Emergency Medical Technician
    Avalanche Pro Level 2
    AMGA Alpine Skills Course
    AMGA Ski Guide Course
    AAI Winter Weather Forecasting
    Leave No Trace Trainer
    SPRAT 1 Rope Access Tech
    PSIA Level 2 Ski Instructor


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