Jonathon Spitzer

    Jonathon Spitzer

    Guide: International, Washington, Alps Director

    Jonathon grew up hiking, climbing, and skiing around Washington State. He received his bachelor’s degree from Western State College of Colorado in recreation and business. These days his hobby has become his profession, and he can be found splitting his time between Washington, Utah, Nevada, California and Europe. After spending four years going through the American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA/IFMGA) training program, Jonathon passed his final exam in the fall of 2009 and became the second youngest American to be fully certified in all three disciplines (rock, alpine and ski). During the spring and summer months he guides throughout the Cascades, the Alaska Range, British Columbia, French Alps and in Red Rock, NV. In the winter, he is a professional helicopter ski guide and avalanche educator. With trips to the Ecuador volcanoes, Denali, Mt. Waddington, and various other places in North America, he has significant expedition climbing experience as well as being a competent technical climber.

    10-year

    Certifications

    IFMGA Certified Guide
    AMGA Certified Rock Guide
    AMGA Certified Alpine Guide
    AMGA Certified Ski Mountaineering Guide
    Avalanche Level III
    Wilderness First Responder/CPR
    Leave No Trace Trainer
    ifmga ifmga-coloramga-rock amga-alpine amga-ski

    Awards & Recognition

    Black Diamond Equipment: Field Tester/Product Development Team
    Outdoor Research Clothing Connector Program
    2008 W.L Gore Scholarship

    From my experience on the Matterhorn trip, I think Alpine Ascents is represented by serious professionals who know what they’re doing, take no risks, and have fun all at the same time. I can’t imagine climbing a mountain with any other professional guiding company.

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