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.
I enjoyed it immensely. I came back equal parts exhausted and elated, which is pretty much a perfect result for an adventure of this sort. Everybody in the group summited on the same day. Our team’s interpersonal chemistry was especially warm and supportive, even though we had not climbed together before