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Erin Pollock

Erin Pollock

Guide: Alaska, Washington

Erin was born and raised in Alaska where she learned to feel at home in rugged alpine mountains. She decided to turn her love of the mountains into a career and earned a bachelors degree in Outdoor Studies from Alaska Pacific University focusing on mountaineering, snow science, technical rope rescue, risk management, and outdoor leadership.

Erin has seven years of experience as a professional guide and instructor throughout North America helping people safely obtain their mountaineering goals. Erin has also discovered a passion for teaching and takes pride in providing others with the skills and tools they need to safely enjoy the mountains she likes to call home.

When Erin is not guiding she can be found in her small Alaskan cabin which she built by hand.  The cabin serves as her home base for mountaineering in the Matanuska Valley. She thoroughly enjoys expedition planning, ice climbing, long traverses, ski mountaineering, and basically anything outdoors. The bits of time when she is not in the mountains are spent in her stained glass studio, harvesting food with her bow or fly rod, mountain biking and playing pop culture songs on her ukulele.

Guide For:


Significant Ascents

Denali – 4 expeditions 3 summits
Alaska Range Expeditions- 175+ days
Mt.Rainier 20 summits
Mt.Baker 2 summits
Mt.Shuksan 2 summits
Estrellita MX, El Potrero Chico
Japanese Couloir AK, Mount Barrill
West Face AK, Mount Dickey
The Classic AZ, Prescott
Rhythm and Blues AK, Caribou Creek
Queen Of Spades AK, Hunter Creek
STD AK, Caribou Creek


Avalanche Level II
Leave No Trace Trainer
Wilderness First Responder/CPR
Emergency Medical Technician I

Yes I enjoyed this expedition very much! The backdrop of Denali National Park is amazing. The program was well organized and scheduled to optimize the chance of success for a summit which we did. The food was phenomenal despite the austere environment.


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    By Mike Hawkins 10 days x 3,000 calories per day = 150 Clif Bars or 60 PB&J sandwiches Planning and packing food for long trips in the backcountry can be challenging and time consuming – but the last thing you want is to eat energy bars for 6 days straight. Climbers need to consider several […]

  • Single Wall Tents – Condensation Factories

    Most tent manufacturers these days offer a superlight, two pound (or less!) tent. These tents are simple to setup, occupy a very small footprint, and again – weigh in at about or under two pounds. When choosing a tent, it’s easy to focus on those factors and arrive at the conclusion that a single-walled shelter […]

  • Alpine Start Breakfast

    When summit morning arrives, it’s important to move efficiently through packing, preparation, and last but not least – breakfast! Mike Hawkins talks through a few of the foods we like to eat for quick fuel on alpine start mornings. Whether it’s midnight or 3:00am, these options are our go-to fast breakfasts.  

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