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John Van Nostrand

John Van Nostrand

Guide: Washington, Alaska

John comes to AAI with over 16 years of guiding experience and over 10 years nursing experience in critical care and emergency medicine. He is a pediatric life support, advanced life support and trauma certified nurse. John also specializes in advanced and complex wound care. In December 2016 he will graduate from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs as a Family Nurse Practitioner and hopes to continue guiding as well as working in emergency medicine and wilderness medicine. Currently John also teaches Wilderness First Responder courses for Desert Mountain Medicine.

John grew up rock climbing in New England before moving to Colorado where he now lives in Carbondale and escapes to a tiny house in Marble, CO with his wife and wolf hound for weekends. He has 21 years of rock climbing, ice climbing and mountaineering experience and has worked for Alpine Ascents International for the last 5 years guiding in the Cascades, Alaska and Nepal.  One of John’s main passions is establishing new rock climbs on the Western Slope of Colorado and has over 75 first ascents to his name.  John hopes to share his passion for the outdoors and provide high quality guided experiences to all his clients at Alpine Ascents International.

Guide For:



Registered Nurse
Basic Life Support
Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Leave No Trace Trainer
Avalanche Level I

As with my other experiences with your company, this trip was fantastic. You run a tight ship over there. Your guide was amazing. With that said, rest assured the next trip I sign up for (Denali from the looks of it) I will be requesting a date with him specifically as the lead guide.

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