Hannah McGowan

    Hannah McGowan

    Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

    Hannah is loosely based in Seattle and spends her time throughout the year climbing and skiing in a wide variety of terrain. She typically spends the fall months rock climbing in the American desert southwest, and springtime in Alaska working as a heli ski guide in the Chugach. She spends early summer in the Alaska Range, before returning to the Cascades to enjoy alpine climbing for the rest of the summer months. Hannah is also an Aquarius who loves long walks on the beach (especially ones with tidepools) live music, strong beer/coffee and wearing flip flops.

    Take 5 with the Guide

    What’s always in your snack bag?
    Japanese style peanuts! (which is actually a Mexican snack)

    If you could be stuck with anyone (past or present) at base camp for a week, who would you choose?
    Beyonce. duh.

    What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not guiding?
    What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not guiding?

    Most people don’t know that…
    I have synesthesia, so I involuntarily see colors with other sensory input

    One piece of advice for aspiring mountaineers
    The lighter your mind is, the less work your body has to do.

    Significant Ascents

    Denali – 6 expeditions, 5 summits
    Aconcagua – 3 expeditions, 2 summits
    Pico de Orizaba
    Rainier – 30+ summits via 3 routes
    Baker via 2 routes
    Mount Hood, ski descent
    Mount Shuksan via 2 routes
    Saipal (7031m, Nepal) expedition
    Ski traverse, Pika Glacier to Denali Basecamp
    Trek to Everest Basecamp
    Personal expedition to the Ruth Gorge, AK Range
    Personal expedition to the Pika Glacier, AK Range
    10 day solo kayaking trip Valdez to Whittier, Prince William Sound, AK
    Rock climbs in the western US, Canada, Argentina, Mexico, Thailand and Australia


    Wilderness First Responder / CPR
    Emergency Medical Technician
    Avalanche Pro 2
    AIARE Avalanche Instructor
    AMGA Certified Rock Guide
    AMGA Ski Guide Course
    AMGA Alpine Guide Course
    AMGA Ice Instructor Course
    Leave No Trace Trainer


    I loved the expedition. Had a really good time. Stuart was great and Roberto, the assistant guide, was also a great asset to our expedition. Stuart was a wealth of knowledge and experience.

    Volcanoes of Mexico BLOG

    • Top 5 Questions: Mexico Volcanoes

      With our first Mexico Volcanoes trip of the winter season fast approaching, we sat down with guide Hannah McGowan for her words of wisdom when it comes to this iconic climbing trip. Mexico Volcanoes:  Top 5 Questions What’s the food like? Simply put, the food on this expedition is awesome! We eat at a variety […]

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