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Nick Mullan

Nick Mullan

Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

Although Nick sometimes claims he’s a Pacific Northwest native, he actually grew up just outside Los Angeles, CA. It wasn’t as bad as it sounds, though. That just meant he got to develop his rock and alpine climbing skills in the natural playgrounds of Joshua Tree National Park and the magnificent Sierra Nevada Mountains. After a number of years guiding on Mt. Shasta and climbing in the Cascades, he now calls Oregon his home. His favorite movie is a three-way tie between The Princess Bride, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and Rambo: First Blood. When not guiding or climbing, Nick is a mediocre mountain biker and an even worse skier, but he makes up for it with extreme levels of enthusiasm! And, if you think Nick is a rock star in the mountains, just wait until you hear him play the banjo!

5-year

Guide For:

Denali

Significant Ascents

2 expeditions to Ixta and Orizaba, Mexico
27 summits of Mt. Rainier via 4 different routes
6 expeditions to Aconcagua, Argentina
6 expeditions to Denali, Alaska
10+ summits of Mt. Baker, Washington
5 summits of Mt. Shuksan, WA
40+ summits of Mt. Shasta, California, via 6 different routes including multiple ski descents
Various snow, rock, and ice routes in the Sierra Nevada, Cascade, Wasatch, and Alaska Range Mountains

Certifications

Wilderness First Responder/ CPR
Avalanche Level II
Leave No Trace Trainer

Our leaders were superb and …., Alpine Ascents seemed to be very respected by other guided groups on the mountain. Based on what I saw on the mountain and in various camps, I think our guides were some of the best on the mountain

ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

  • Food Planning for Mountaineering, Part I: Strategy

    By Mike Hawkins 10 days x 3,000 calories per day = 150 Clif Bars or 60 PB&J sandwiches Planning and packing food for long trips in the backcountry can be challenging and time consuming – but the last thing you want is to eat energy bars for 6 days straight. Climbers need to consider several […]

  • Single Wall Tents – Condensation Factories

    Most tent manufacturers these days offer a superlight, two pound (or less!) tent. These tents are simple to setup, occupy a very small footprint, and again – weigh in at about or under two pounds. When choosing a tent, it’s easy to focus on those factors and arrive at the conclusion that a single-walled shelter […]

  • Alpine Start Breakfast

    When summit morning arrives, it’s important to move efficiently through packing, preparation, and last but not least – breakfast! Mike Hawkins talks through a few of the foods we like to eat for quick fuel on alpine start mornings. Whether it’s midnight or 3:00am, these options are our go-to fast breakfasts.  

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