Patrick grew up climbing and skiing in the Cascades, and has been guiding since 2001. He is an IFMGA Mountain Guide and member of the AMGA Instructor Team. A typical year of guiding sees him working around his home of Ouray, CO in the fall, winter, and spring guiding ice and skiing. There are usually a couple trips to Canada a year guiding ice and rock in Canmore and Squamish, spring alpine climbing in Alaska, skiing in the Alps, and some fall work in the North Cascades. He worked for 10 seasons in the Tetons but lately summers have been spent in the Alps. He and his wife, Dawn, (also a guide) try to coordinate schedules to spend as much time together, usually roped up, as is possible.
While I loved each and every expedition with Alpine Ascents, the Matterhorn expedition was superb. Our guide was a true leader and gifted climber. He went out of his way to increase our skill, confidence and sense of achievement. Related