Jake Radak

    Jake Radak

    Guide: Washington, Alaska

    Jake grew up in Ohio where he has fond memories of running, playing soccer, and shredding all 264 vertical feet at the local ski resort. After college he moved to Seattle where he fell in love with the Cascades and found a passion for instructing in the outdoors. Jake believes that being in the mountains should be fun, and he strives for that on every trip, professional or private. In the winter you can find Jake ski patrolling and chasing powder at Stevens Pass in Washington.

    Take 5 with the Guide

    Guilty Pleasure
    Katy Perry

    Favorite movie
    Good Will Hunting

    Dream rope team / climbing partner for your dream climb?
    I want Beth Rodden to drag my butt up the Nose of El Cap

    If you could be stuck with anyone (past or present) at base camp for a week
    Tom Hanks

    When you’re not guiding?
    I’m skiing, running, traveling, or listening to music, comedy, or NPR..

    Guide For:


    Significant Ascents

    Mt. Rainier (DC, Emmons, Kautz)
    Mt. Baker (Coleman-Deming, North Ridge, Easton)
    Mt. Shuksan (Fisher Chimneys, White Salmon Ski Descent)
    Mt. Hood
    Denali (West Buttress)
    Adams (SW chutes ski descent)
    Glacier Peak


    WFR / CPR
    AIARE Avalanche Level 2
    Leave No Trace Trainer

    I thoroughly enjoyed the expedition I was especially impressed with the management of details, such as planning a variety of delicious meals and the schedule on the mountain which put our group in the best position to summit. Overall I thought the expedition was fantastic!

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