Talk about hitting the jackpot: Lee made the move from suburban New Jersey to the good times and even better snow of Park City at age 16 and has called Utah home ever since. Finding a life in the mountains has taken him through a variety of work – from groveling as a ski resort dishwasher, to learning the mysteries of snow shoveling and hot tub maintenance, finally graduating to the world of ski patrolling and mountain guiding. He comes to Alpine Ascents with years of ski and mountain guiding experience and first ascents in such far flung locations as Utah, Washington and Argentina. He moonlights as a freelance writer, speaks Spanish at a first grade level and plays guitar somewhat well. Lee is also a Pro-Observer for the Northwest Avalanche Center.
Take 5 with the Guide
If you could only take one album on an expedition…
Kind of Blue – Miles Davis
The Shinning or Dazed and Confused – can’t decide
In another life I’d…
. . . still be on tour with Phish.
Favorite childhood breakfast cereal
Life, maybe w/ chocolate milk . . .
What was your first mountain? When did you climb it? Who were you with?
South Ridge of Iron Mountain in Park City, 50th ascent, fall 1992, w/ Peter Moran
Mont Blanc-guided ascents via the Gouter and Trois Monts route
Matterhorn- guided ascents via Hornli Ridge
Mt Rainier – guided ascents, many routes
Mt Baker – guided ascents, many routes
Mt Shuksan – guided ascents, many routes
The Tooth (5.4) – Central Cascades, WA
Beckey’s Wall (5.7) – Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT
The Crucifix (5.12b) – Yosemite, CA
Northwest Couloir – Shuksan – ski descent
Classic Crack (5.8+) – Leavenworth, WA – solo ascent
Diedre (5.7) – Squamish, BC
Carlsberg Column (WI5) – Canadian Rockies
Mt Saint Helens – ski descent
Dragontail – Serpentine Arête (IV 5.8) – Stuart Range, WA – guided ascen
IFMGA Certified Guide
AMGA Certified Rock Guide
AMGA Certified Alpine Guide
AMGA Certified Ski Mountaineering Guide
Wilderness First Responder/CPR
Avalanche Level III
US Dept. Justice/ATF – Approved Explosives Handler
Leave No Trace Trainer