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Michael Horst

Michael Horst

Guide: International, Washington, Alaska

Michael has been guiding professionally for thirteen years and for Alpine Ascents International since 2007. He leads trips all over the globe including the Seven Summits, and many of the other climbs and schools offered by Alpine Ascents. His passion for guiding is fueled by the opportunity to help new or experienced climbers improve, succeed and have fun while being safe in the mountains! He works in cooperation with other senior guides to run Alpine Ascents’ guides training to constantly improve the quality and safety of guiding that Alpine Ascents offers.

In 2011 by summiting Mt. Everest and Lhotse Michael became the first person in the world to summit two 8000 meter peaks in one day. He feels incredibly fortunate for the support, weather and opportunity that conspired to make that accomplishment possible. Michael is constantly inspired and excited to guide climbers anywhere from our basic courses to the Seven Summits. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder and Level II Avalanche professional. He is currently working towards American Mountain Guides Association Certification as a ski, rock and alpine guide. When not working Michael can be found at home in Squamish, British Columbia or traveling to remote parts of the world with his lovely wife and son.

10-year

Guide For:

Mount Everest

Significant Ascents

Everest-Lhotse traverse, Himalaya, Nepal
4 summits of Mt. Everest, Himalaya, Nepal
Lhotse, Himalaya, Nepal
2 summits of Cho Oyu, Himalaya, Tibet, China
Nuptse attempt, Himalaya, Nepal
3 summits of Mt Vinson, Antarctica
5 summits of Denali, Alaska Range, Alaska
10 summits of Aconcagua, Andes, Argentina
162 summits of Mt. Rainier, Cascades, Washington
14 summits of Orizaba, Sierra Nevada, Mexico
4 summits of Ixta (Iztaccihuatl), Sierra Nevada, Mexico
3 summits of Huyana Potosi, Andes, Bolivia
2 Summits of Cotapaxi, Andes, Ecuador
Chimborazo, Andes, Ecuador
Mt. Elbrus, Caucasus, Russia
Mt. Blanc, Alps, France
Ausangate, Andes, Peru
Machu Picchu, Andes, Peru
Extensively throughout the Cascades, Sierra Nevada and in many other parts of the US and Canada

Certifications

Wilderness First Responder/CPR
Leave No Trace Trainer
Avalanche Level III

Ben and his team made possible for us to summit Everest while feeling safe and enjoying the adventure and special thanks to Jangbu and Karma Sherpa, I wouldn’t have been able to push myself to summit Lhotse without their incredible support.

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