John Collis

    John Collis

    Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

    Since discovering a passion for climbing while getting his Bachelor’s degree in Geology at Colorado College, John has spent time traveling and climbing across parts of Africa, the Andes, Southeast Asia, Canada, the Rockies, and the Cascades. When not in Washington, John calls Moab, Utah his home and can be found exploring its canyons and desert towers.


    Take 5 with the Guide

    If you could only take one album on an expedition?
    Ride the Lightning – Metallica

    Favorite movie?
    2001 – A Space Odyssey

    Dream climbing partner for your dream climb?
    Stuart Robertson for the Rupal Face

    Guilty pleasure?
    Karaoke. On second thought, I feel no guilt about this.

    One piece of advice for aspiring mountaineers?
    “There are no bad conditions, only weakness.” – 10 year old girl next to me at the climbing gym

    Guide For:


    Significant Ascents

    Mt. Rainier via DC, Emmons, Kautz
    Mt. Baker
    Forbidden Peak
    Dragontail Peak
    Zodiac, El Capitan
    Mt. Proboscis and Lotus Flower Tower, Cirque of the Unclimbables
    The Grand Traverse, Tetons


    AIARE Level II
    Leave No Trace Trainer
    AMGA Rock Guide
    AMGA Alpine Guide Course
    AMGA Single Pitch Instructor


    Yes – this was an incredible trip and the quality was as good as it gets. The guides were amazing and I really enjoyed the time spent out there.

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