Erick Kelly

    Erick Kelly

    Guide: Washington, Alaska

    Erick grew up in the Front Range of Colorado and was first introduced to the mountains as a two year old careening down the ski slopes of the Rockies. His love for the mountains was discovered while attending college at Colorado State University where he led backcountry skiing and rock climbing trips. Erick is grateful for the skilled and passionate mentors he has had the fortune of befriending in the outdoors and he hopes to carry this on to other avid adventurists. He is ecstatic at the thought of the crisp granite and glaciated spectacles that embody the Washington Cascades, a place he now calls home. When not guiding or rock climbing you can find Erick at Crystal Mountain where he patrols or delving into new hobbies and interests such as: yoga, cooking, dancing, surfing, or laying on a beach doing absolutely nothing.

    Take 5 with the Guide

    If you could only take one album on an expedition?
    Based on a True Story – Fat Freddy’s Drop

    Most beloved book?
    East of Eden – John Steinbeck

    Guilty pleasure?
    Watching ice hockey

    In another life, I’d…
    live in a hut on the beach in 1980s Nicaragua and surf everyday

    One piece of advice for aspiring mountaineers?
    Just get out and have fun – do it for yourself.

    Guide For:


    Significant Ascents

    Denali – West Buttress
    Mt. Shuksan – Fisher Chimneys, North Face Ski Descent
    Mt. Rainier – Disappointment Cleaver, Kautz, Emmons
    Ski Descent Mt. Adams – North Ridge, Northwest Face Ski Descent
    Mt. Stuart – Cascadia Couloir, Ullrich’s Ski Descent
    Mt. St. Helens – Wormflows Ski Descent
    West Face, Colchuck Balanced Rock 5.11c – Enchantments, Washington
    Tatooine 5.11a – Zion National Park, Utah
    Risky Business 5.10+ R – Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, Nevada
    Epinephrine 5.9 – Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, Nevada
    Acid Baby 5.10d – Enchantments, Washington
    Serenity Sons 5.10d – Yosemite Valley, California
    Yellow Spur 5.10b – Eldorado Canyon, Colorado
    Escape Artist 5.10a – Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado
    St. Vitus’ Dance 5.9 – Squamish, British Columbia
    South Buttress of Pingora 5.8 – Wind River Range, Wyoming


    Wilderness First Responder / CPR
    Outdoor Emergency Care
    Leave No Trace Trainer
    AIARE Avalanche Rec II
    AIARE Avalanche Pro I
    AIARE Instructor Training Course

    I was extremely impressed with the overall program, from the information we received beforehand to prepare for the trip, the PDF documents and lists, the emails we received, the rapid response to our queries from Gordon Janow and the input from Willi and Ellie

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