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, for a college degree in Earth Sciences. Michael has also spent time in Alaska, Nepal, Patagonia, Antarctica, Europe and across North America chasing his love for climbing and new adventures. He now lives in Winthrop, WA. When not guiding, he works as a farm-hand and carpenter.

    5 Year

    If you could be stuck with anyone (past or present) at base camp for a week, who would you choose?

    The 14th Dalai Lama

    Guide For:


    Significant Ascents

    Mount Hunter, Deprivation, AK 6, AI6, M5
    Patagonia, Fitz Roy, Northwest Ridge, VI, 5.11, Mixed
    Patagonia, Poincenot, Carrington Rouse, VI, 5.10, Mixed
    Goat’s Beard, Mazama, WA, WI6, 5th Ascent
    Mount Owen, “Renny Take the Wheel”, V, 5.11, F.A.
    El Capitan, Zodiac, VI, 5.10, A3+
    Washington Column, Astroman, 5.11+
    Liberty Bell, Thin Red Line, 5.12
    Mount Rainier Speed Ascent, 4 Hours 35 Minutes round trip, Paradise to Paradise
    80+ Ascents of Mount Rainier via 9 different routes
    50+ Ascents of the Grand Teton
    8 summits of Denali
    2 Summits Aconcagua
    2 Summits Mt. Vinson


    AMGA Certified Rock Guide
    Avalanche Pro 2 / Level 3
    Leave No Trace Trainer
    Rigging for Rescue
    Helicopter Crew member

    Awards & Recognition

    Denali Pro Award 2017
    Khumbu Climbing School 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.

    Denali BLOG

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      by Brooke Warren Denali “The High One” is the third highest of the seven summits, right behind Everest and Aconcagua, at 20,310 feet. It is an “ultra-prominent” peak with soaring vertical relief of 18,000 feet, greater even than Mount Everest (a mere 12,000′ of vertical relief) when measured from its 2,000-foot lowlands to its lofty […]

    • Dear Alpine Ascents: Insulating Ice Axe Handles?

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