Nik Mirhashemi

    Nik Mirhashemi

    Guide: Washington, Alaska

    Nik grew up surrounded by the San Juans of SW Colorado and has always been drawn to the wild places of the world. He came to the realization that he wanted to become a guide after his first Colorado 14’er ascent and hasn’t really looked back.   Nik began leading summit trips for the CU Hiking Club in Boulder, CO and later as a camp counselor outside of Colorado Springs. Nik has climbed extensively throughout the southwestern United States and finds himself completely at home high on an alpine wall, clinging to a frozen waterfall or soaking up the sun on a desert tower. He’s also climbed in Ecuador, Chile, Peru and Alaska. Nik began training with the AMGA fall 2013 and plans to continue pursuing accreditation.

    5-year

    Guide For:

    Denali

    Significant Ascents

    Guided

    Mt. Rainier; Disappointment Cleaver, Emmons Glacier and Kautz Glacier
    Mt. Baker
    North Cascades
    Denali

    Personal

    Wrong Way Bud (FA), 5.6, M4, 500m, Norbu Peak, Rolwaling Himal, Nepal
    Witness the Sickness (FA), M4, AI4, 75 Deg, 500m, Chugimago North, Rolwaling Himal, Nepal
    Mixed Emotions (FA), M6, AI5, 80 Deg, 900m, Chugimago, Rolwaling Himal, Nepal
    Macho Madness (FA), IV, M6, 1500′, Mt. Huntington, Central Alaska Range
    Solo of Dragontail Peak (Serpentine Ridge), Prussik Peak (Stanley-Burgner) and Outerspace in 15 hours
    NE Buttress of Johannesburg Mountain
    Resolution Arete, Red Rock, NV, 5.10 C1, 24 pitches
    N Face Castleton Tower, Fine Jade, Honeymoon Chimney, Jah Man, 14 hours car to car
    Astroman, Yosemite Valley, 5.11c, 10 pitches
    The Fang, Vail, CO WI5
    Bridalveil Falls, Telluride, CO WI6
    The Talisman, Ouray, CO WI5, M6
    Belly of the Beast, Telluride, CO IV, WI5+, M6X C1 first ascent
    Solo enchainment of 8 13ers outside Telluride, CO in 27 hours, V, M4, steep snow, first winter ascent
    Englishman’s Route, Hallett Peak, Rocky Mtn NP, CO M6+R
    The Shield, Huascaran Sur, Peru
    French Direct, Alpamayo, Peru
    South Face Peak 12200, Central Alaska Range, M4, 4000ft first ascent

    Certifications

    Wilderness First Responder/CPR
    Avalanche Level II
    Leave No Trace Trainer
    AMGA Rock Guide
    AMGA Advanced Alpine Guide Course

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    Awards & Recognition

    2019 Denali Pro Pin

    All three guides were very patient and hands on, helping everyone in the team whether it was with new skills or refreshing exciting ones. There was plenty of practical learning/teaching before we ever left Talkeetna, not to mention on the mountain itself. Plus all three guides had great anecdotes!

    Denali BLOG

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