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Patrick Ormond

Patrick Ormond

Guide: Alps

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.

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We wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our second Matterhorn trip. The reason we returned to the Alps with AAI was because we think so highly of Jonathon Spitzer, Lee Lazzara and the rest of the team. We know Jonathon works hard behind the scenes to ensure that the trips are executed flawlessly. We want to make sure he knows that his attention to detail doesn’t go unnoticed.

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