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Nate Emerson

Nate Emerson

Guide: Washington

Nate has been skiing since 1984, climbing since 1994, and guiding since 2004. Over different periods in life he’s been drawn to many different mountain sports, and these have taken him all over the American West and abroad. He now spends winters in Aspen where he works as a ski instructor, resort trainer, and ski guide based out of Aspen Highlands. He moonlights in industrial mountain safety and the rope access industry.

For Nate, the satisfaction of guiding comes through meeting great people and sharing incredible places on a daily basis. He’s constantly striving to make each excursion run seamlessly so each climber and skier walks away with an incredible experience.

Significant Ascents

Denali (3 expeditions)
Aconcagua (Guanacos)
Rainier x5 via 4 different routes
Grand Teton x38 via 4 different routes
Mt Moran (CMC and Skillet Glacier)
Gannett Peak (WY) x7
Granite Peak (MT) x5
Maroon Bells Traverse, Capitol Peak, and numerous other peaks in Wyoming and Colorado

Certifications

AMGA Rock Guide
AMGA Alpine Guide and Ski Guide Courses
AIARE and AAI Level II
IRATA and SPRAT Level I
LNT Trainer
WFR/CPR
PSIA Level III

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Awards & Recognition

2016 Adidas AMGA Scholarship

ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

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    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 […]

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    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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