Hannah McGowan

Hannah McGowan

Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

Hannah is an avid skier, climber, sea kayaker, and all around outdoor enthusiast. She is perpetually seeking ways to interact with the natural world that are creative and engaging, which has led her to work outside as an instructor and guide for over ten years. In that time Hannah has traveled to several continents to climb mountains and rocks, and has particularly come to enjoy guiding people in big mountains. When she’s not guiding, Hannah works as a ski patroller and makes her home in Taos, New Mexico, where there are seemingly enough steep slopes and canyon walls to keep her occupied for a long time.

Guide For:

Aconcagua
Denali

Significant Ascents

Denali – 4 expeditions, 4 summits
Aconcagua
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, Thailand and Australia

Certifications

Wilderness First Responder
Avalanche Level 2
Leave No Trace Trainer
AMGA Rock Guide Course

We had a wonderful, challenging, and ultimately extremely rewarding experience. I found the entire process including registration, gear rental, staging in Talkeetna, and of course the 19 days on the climb to be of the highest quality. Our guides were the best – figuratively I could not have chosen better people to assure a safe, […]

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