Michael Hutchins

Michael Hutchins

Guide: Alaska, Washington, International

Originally from Washington State, Michael started climbing and skiing in the North Cascades. He attended Montana State University in Bozeman, MT where he was able to receive a bachelor’s degree and spend many days in the mountains while attending school. At the age of 19, Michael began working as a Climbing Ranger on Mount Rainier and gained a great deal of experience and knowledge on the mountain. Michael has also spent time in Alaska, Nepal and across North America chasing his love for climbing. He lives in his home of Winthrop, WA.  When not guiding, he works as a farm-hand and carpenter.

Guide For:

Denali

Significant Ascents

Mount Rainier 70+ ascents via 8 different routes
AK, Denali, West Buttress
AK, Mount Francis, Ski descent
AK, Mount Hunter, North Buttress, Deprivation (6400′, AK6, AI6, M6, R)
Aconcagua, 2 summits
Patagonia, Aguja Frey, Abrojos y Centellas/Lost Fingers, 5.11 R
Washington Pass, Liberty Bell, Thin Red Line, V, 5.10+, C3+ (one day)
Washington Pass, Lexington Tower, Tooth and Claw, 5.12
Washington Pass, South Early Winters Spire, Southern Man, 5.12a
Mazama, WA, Goat’s Beard, V, WI 6, 1200’
Yosemite, Zodiac, VI, 5.10, A3+
Zion, Tatoween, V, 5.11+
Castle Valley, Fine Jade, 5.11
Red Rocks NV, Levitation 29, 5.11+
Yosemite, Astroman, V, 5.11 (one day)
Sphinx Mountain, MT, Lowe Direct, V, WI5
Multiple climbing trips to Nepal
Extensive Desert climbing in UT, CO, NV

Certifications

EMT
Avalanche Level 2
Leave No Trace Trainer
Rigging for Rescue
Helicopter Crew member

Awards & Recognition

Denali Pro Award 2017
Khumbu Climbing Center Instructor

Excellent, very well planned and executed for logistics and timing of pre-mountain activities. Thanks for a great trip, good logistics, great guides and traveling companions and great weather.

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