Patrick Chu

    Patrick Chu

    Guide: Washington, Alaska

    Patrick grew up in the suburbs of the Silicon Valley and began venturing into the mountains during his time at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Casual weekend backpacking trips laid the groundwork for what would become a full-fledged passion for mountain climbing. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, he began his guiding career on Mt Shasta in Northern California. Here, surrounded by devoted climbers and skiers, he honed his skills for both guiding and playing in the alpine. Patrick has climbed rock, snow, and ice throughout the Sierra Nevada, Cascades, Patagonia, Alaska, and British Columbia. When Patrick isn’t dangling from a piton high in the mountains or skiing a top-secret powder stash near Lake Tahoe, he migrates back to sunny Santa Cruz in search of flip flops, warm sand, and fresh ocean air.

    Significant Ascents

    30+ Ascents of Mt Shasta, California, USA (via 6 routes)
    West Buttress, Denali, Alaska
    Amy Couloir, Aguja Guillaumet, Patagonia, Argentina
    Whillans-Cochrane, Aguja Poincenot, Patagonia, Argentina
    Reid Glacier Headwall, Mt Hood
    Royal Arches, Yosemite Valley
    Liberty Ridge, DC, Emmons, Kautz,  Mt Rainier
    East Buttress, Mt Whitney linkup with East Ridge, Mt Russell High Sierra
    North Face, Fairview Dome, Tuolumne Meadows
    Northeast Ridge, Bugaboo Spire, Bugaboos, British Columbia
    West Ridge, Pigeon Spire, Bugaboos, British Columbia
    Northwest Ridge, Mt Sir Donald, Glacier National Park, British Columbia
    South Ridge, Mt Gimli, Valhallas, British Columbia
    Regular Route, Third Pillar of Dana, High Sierra
    Fishhook Arete, Mt Russell, High Sierra
    East Buttress, Middle Cathedral, Yosemite Valley


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