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John Race

John Race

Guide, Alaska

I am an IFMGA Guide and the owner of the Northwest Mountain School. I have guided continuously since 1989. Personal guiding highlights include 20 expeditions to Denali, 2 expeditions to Mt. Everest, 3 expeditions to Cho Oyu, a ski traverse of South Georgia Island following Ernest Shackleton’s route, Mont Blanc, the Haute Route (18 times), Matterhorn, Rainier (160+ summits), as well as the usual peaks in Washington. I live in Leavenworth, WA with my wife Olivia Race, also an IFMGA guide and our two children Josephine (5) and Holden (1). At this point in my career I am primarily focused on delivering a relaxed, successful experience that ends with everyone home safe. I guide because I love being in the mountains, particularly the mountains of the Western US and Alaska.

Guide For:

Denali

Certifications

IFMGA Guide

Wilderness First Responder/ CPR
AIARE Avalanche Level 2
Leave No Trace Trainer
ifmga

Could not have been better! Our guides instilled enormous confidence in us, made us feel completely relaxed, while at the same time keeping us humble and mindful of the seriousness of our endeavor.

ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

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