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.

Guide For:

Aconcagua
Denali

Significant Ascents

Denali
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

Certifications

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

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Outstanding program (as have been all of my Alpine Ascents climbs). Our guide has excellent leadership skills. Our assistant was careful not to overstep his role as assistant guide but I am confident he will be a strong leader when he is lead guide.

ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

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