Mike Coyle

Mike Coyle

Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

Mike began skiing and climbing after moving to Taos, New Mexico in 2000, but he first fell in love with the outdoors by spending time in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Georgia as a kid. Skiing, climbing, canyoneering, and whitewater rafting has taken him all over the Western US., and has helped to define who he is today.  Mike went to college in Durango, Colorado and began mountain guiding after earning a BA, in Adventure Education from Fort Lewis College in 2013. He is currently living in Ridgway, Colorado; where he passes the time skiing, climbing, and taking his dog Yonder into the mountains.

Mike loves spending time in the mountains because of the physical and mental challenges provided, the amazing people he gets to meet, and beautiful places he gets to visit. He is very passionate about teaching and sharing outdoor experiences with other people and he’s continually striving to become the best educator and guide that he can be.  The things that get him the most psyched are powder days, sticky ice, rock climbing in the sun, beautiful views, good food, and great company.

Significant Ascents

Denali, AK
Aconcagua
Mt. Rainier, WA
Castletown Tower, Utah
The Rectory, Utah
Sister Superior, Utah
Eagle Dance, Nevada
Storm King Peak, CO (NE Ridge)
Vestal Peak, CO
Jagged Peak, CO
Grand Teton, Upper Exum Ridge, WY
Engineer Peak, CO (ski descent)
Snowdon Peak, CO (ski descent)
Sultan Peak, CO (ski descent)

Certifications

WFR/CPR
Avalanche Level 2
Avalanche Instructor Level 1
AMGA Ski Guide Course
AMGA Advanced Rock Guide Course
AMGA Alpine Guide Course
Leave No Trace Trainer

Everything I hoped for. Both of these guys are top-notch guides. They consistently used every opportunity to teach us how to be better climbers. I was impressed how they would tutor us, but not treat us like children. They expected us to be experienced climbers and demanded that we rise to the occasion. It was […]

ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

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    Blister Prevention and Foot Care

      Blister Prevention words: Mike Hawkins   Take a few seconds to think of the toughest person you know, or the toughest person you can imagine from your favorite action movie… Got it? This person should probably be covered in mud or have some cuts on their arms and legs, but they don’t care because […]

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    Gear Spotlight: The Headlamp

    Words: Val Peckarsky Photo Credit: Cecily Breeding It has been said that if you don’t pack a headlamp on a trip, you are guaranteed to need one. Small and easily overlooked, headlamps are extremely useful in the backcountry for pre-dawn alpine starts, late-night cooking sessions, and pretty much any other time a little extra light […]

  • Is My Training Working?

    Is my training working? Whether explicitly spoken or implied, this is the question many climbers ask of themselves, their friends, and perhaps their guides. At Alpine Ascents, we hear this question weekly. While the best answer to this question requires a comprehensive understanding of you and your objective, there are simpler ways to get a […]

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