Leland Nisky

    Leland Nisky

    Guide: Washington

    Leland discovered his love of outdoor exploration growing up in the jungles of Hong Kong, and his love of the mountains when he moved to Washington for college. The moment he found climbing, he knew he would be hooked for life. Leland has spent his time rock and Ice climbing all over Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Colorado. Leland ended up in Colorado after earning a degree in Outdoor Education from Western Washington University, where he spent the next four years teaching for the Colorado Outward Bound School. In an effort to explore other careers as an outdoor professional he began to work his way through AMGA classes, and moved back out to Washington to guide full time. Leland is enthusiastic to spend time teaching his clients about technical skills and mountain living.

    Take 5 with the Guide

    If you could only take one album on an expedition?
    Rainbow Brain – GRiZ

    Most beloved book?
    Empire of the Summer Moon – S.C. Gwynne

    What’s always in your snack bag?
    Sour Gummies!

    What was your first mountain?
    Eldorado Peak with my outdoor program at WWU in 2014

    In another life, I’d…
    hunt poachers who prey on endangered species

    Significant Ascents

    Rigid Designator in Vail
    Bridal Veil Falls in Telluride
    Glacier Peak in a day
    Coleman Headwall of Mt. Baker (as well as 4 other routes)
    Fuhrer’s Thumb on Mt. Rainier
    East Buttress on Mt. Whitney
    Primrose Dihedral on Moses


    Wilderness First Responder/CPR
    AIARE Pro 1
    Leave No Trace Trainer
    AMGA Rock Guide Course
    AMGA Alpine Guide Course
    AMGA Ice Instructor course


    • What Type of Boots Do I Need for Climbing?

      By Dani Osman Getting your mountaineering kit dialed in can be a complicated, strenuous process – So many options! So many opinions! – and rarely is the process more stressful than when it comes to boots. As literally and figuratively the base of the whole operation, getting your boots right can make or break your […]

    • Training for Mountaineering Webinar

      Climbing big mountains requires incredible endurance. You don’t necessarily have to move fast, but you have to keep moving for hours, days–sometimes even weeks. Training to have an excellent aerobic base is critical, not just for that continued movement ability, but also for your body’s ability to recover, day after day. On January 30th, Senior […]

    • Women on Top: Expert Advice from a Mountain Guide Webinar & Tips

      There have historically been fewer women than men in mountain sports, but that statistic has been changing as more women establish first ascents, inspire others by summiting challenging peaks and find cohorts of other women climbers. At Alpine Ascents we are fortunate to have more than 25 female guides and offer dozens of women’s programs. […]

    Partners & Accreditations

    Alpine Ascents International is an authorized mountain guide service of Denali National Park and Preserve and Mount Rainier National Park.
    © Copyright 2023 All Rights Reserved. Alpine Ascents International