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

This is a very strong program. The food was excellent. On the climbing side, the guides were excellent. Everything was well organized. Equipment, transportation, etc. were never a problem. I can’t think of any weakness or criticisms.

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