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


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