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Natalie Brechtel

Natalie Brechtel

Guide: Washington

Natalie has always been obsessed with the outdoors. Her youth was spent camping and backpacking with her family in the deserts of the southwest. As an adult, she grew her professional skills by teaching and guiding with her university. After moving abroad to explore the wilds of NZ, she returned to her university to manage the outdoor program and to inspire and train future outdoor professionals. The call of the wild sent her abroad again, this time to Antarctica, where she has spent 5 seasons working and exploring the continent. Her time in Antarctica included staying over a year on the frozen continent! She has been a part of the US Antarctic Search and Rescue, and has held various positions with the National Park Service, including Park Ranger and Member of Yosemite Search and Rescue Team. With her strong wilderness background and medical experience, she now spends her time off the ice traveling the states teaching wilderness medical courses.

In essence, Natalie has worked some of the most wild and remote jobs imaginable in the pursuit of outdoor exploration both for herself and others. Helping others reach their goals, grow in confidence and develop a love for the outdoor is one of Natalie’s specialties. It’s also the most rewarding part of her work.

When not teaching you can find her somewhere high up on a rock or deep in the mountains she loves.

Significant Ascents

Full Evolution Traverse – VI, 5.9 soloed & rope rappelled
Prodigal Son, Zion Utah – V C2 5.7 in a day
MT Rainier WA, Disappointment Cleaver- II
Mt Whitney, Mountaineers & Regular Route, guiding groups 4+ times
Mt Shasta, Avalanche Gulch
11 of the California’s 14,000 foot peaks.
Numerous FA’s in the Sierra high country


AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
EMT & Wilderness First Responder
AIARE Avalanche Level I
Leave No Trace Trainer


  • Staying Hydrated in the Backcountry

    Sometimes the harsh environment encountered in mountaineering can make even the simplest tasks difficult. Staying hydrated is a perfect example – something that is among the most banal of tasks in the lowcountry can become exceedingly complicated in a cold, snowy environment. When all available water is locked up in solid form as snow or […]

  • webbing, anchor, water knot


    The following is the fifth in a series of “how-to” videos on the major knots and hitches used in the mountains. Stay tuned for more videos on knots like the bowline and ring bend, and hitches like the Klemheist and Prusik! The water knot is a simple knot used to tie two ends of webbing […]

  • Knots and Hitches: The Figure 8 Follow Through

    The following is the fifth in a series of “how-to” videos on the major knots and hitches we use in the mountains. Stay tuned for more videos on knots like the bowline, ring bend- and hitches like the Klemheist & Prusik! The Figure 8 follow through is a standard knot used for many different purposes […]

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