Nate has over 5 years of guiding experience in the Cascades and beyond. He grew up in the Seattle area and was introduced to skiing and climbing at a young age. A passion for moving in steep terrain has taken him to mountain objectives around the world, including alpine rock climbs in the Bugaboos, a ski descent of Denali, and guiding an expedition on Aconcagua. When he’s not packing or unpacking for the next trip, Nate enjoys trail running and replacing lost calories with pints of Ben & Jerry’s. Once the snow flies, he swaps crampons for skis and works as a Pro Ski Patroller at Crystal Mountain. Nate has a BA in Environmental Studies from Yale, where he competed in Division I track and cross-country.
Take 5 with the Guide
I’ve watched Hot Rod probably 20+ times and I still laugh.
Accidentally finishing a pint of Ben N Jerry’s in one sitting.
Favorite childhood breakfast cereal
Lucky Charms–marshmallows only.
In another life I’d…
I’d love to reincarnate as a Spinner Dolphin.
Most people don’t know that…
I introduce myself as Nate these days, but I went by “Spike” (and still do!) for over a decade growing up.
Denali – West Buttress (Ski Descent)
Rainier – 35+ Summits via DC, Emmons, Kautz
Rainier – Ski Descent of Fuhrer Finger
Baker – North Ridge, C-D, Easton, Squawk
Adams – Ski Descent of SW Chutes
Little Tahoma – Ski Descent of Whitman Glacier
Shuksan – Fisher Chimneys, Sulphide
Shuksan – Ski Descent of North Face
Mount Stuart – Ski Descent of Cascadian Couloir
Mount Stuart – Complete North Ridge (IV 5.9)
Torment-Forbidden Traverse (IV 5.6)
Prusik Peak – Burgner Stanley (III 5.10)
Aasgard Sentinel – Acid Baby (III 5.10+)
Snowpatch Spire – Surfs Up (III 5.9)
Crescent Spire – McTech Arete (III 5.10)
The Rectory – Fine Jade (III 5.11)
Snow Creek Wall – Afterburner (III 5.11)
Climbs of Liberty Bell, Concord, NEWS, SEWS
Wilderness First Responder / CPR
Outdoor Emergency Care (National Ski Patrol)
Avalanche Pro 1
Leave No Trace Trainer
AMGA Rock Guide Course
Awards & Recognition
US Coast Guard Public Service Award for his part in a mountain rescue on Mt. Rainier in August, 2020