Patrick Chu

    Patrick Chu

    Guide: Washington, Alaska

    Patrick grew up in the suburbs of Silicon Valley and began venturing into the mountains during his college years at UC 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 in 2012, Patrick began his guiding career on Mt Shasta in northern California. Here, surrounded by devoted climbers and skiers, he honed his skills for recreating and guiding in the alpine environment. He eventually moved on to work on bigger glaciated peaks like Mt Rainier and Denali.
    Over the last ten years, Patrick has climbed and skied in several venues throughout the Sierra Nevada, Cascades, British Columbia, Patagonia, Alaska, and the Himalayas. Patrick splits his year working as a professional ski patroller, mountain guide, ski guide, and wilderness medicine instructor. He is currently pursuing a Master of Health Science Physician Assistant degree and his AMGA Ski Guide certification.


    Significant Ascents

    50+ ascents of Mount Shasta via six routes
    Liberty Ridge, DC, Emmons, Kautz, Â Mt Rainier
    Reid Glacier Headwall, Mt Hood
    West Buttress, Denali, Alaska
    Whillans-Cochrane, Poincenot, Patagonia
    Northeast Ridge, Bugaboo Spire, British Columbia
    Northwest Ridge, Mount Sir Donald, British Columbia
    Southwest Ridge, Ama Dablam, Nepal
    North Ridge, Forbidden Peak, North Cascades


    Emergency Medical Technician
    AIARE Pro II & Course Instructor
    Leave No Trace Trainer
    AMGA Assistant Ski Guide

    I had a WONDERFUL time. There were quite a few challenges, but it was great getting back into the mix, and both the guides helped me (and everybody on the trip) through each challenge in a way that made me maximize my fun on the trip itself. The logistics of the trip (pretty much the most difficult part) were handled with ease and virtually seamless to the clients.

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