Pete Lardy

    Pete Lardy

    Guide: Washington

    Pete has climbed worldwide since 1997 and enjoys sharing his experience and knowledge with other climbers around the world. He calls Colorado Springs his home, where he owns Pikes Peak Alpine School and enjoys ski mountaineering, alpine rock, multi-pitch ice and life in the high alpine. For Pete, the life of climbing fosters lasting friendships like no other. “It’s the best way to come away from a day with a sense of accomplishment.”


    Take 5 with the Guide

    What was your first mountain?
    Pikes Peak with deep snow.

    What’s always in your snack bag?
    POD bars, a local 500 cal. energy bar.

    If you could be stuck with anyone (past or present) at base camp for a week, who would you choose?
    My wife

    What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not guiding?
    Sliding on snow with skis, backcountry, cross country or downhill.

    One piece of advice for aspiring mountaineers?
    Follow the passion and learn everything you can. Climb what interests you, not what gets noticed.

    Significant Ascents

    Denali, Muldrow Traverse, two man unsupported
    Muztagh Ata, Chinese Pamirs, with splitboard descent
    Mount Rainier, six different routes including Liberty Ridge in a day
    Manaslu, Nepal Himalaya
    Mount Shuksan, North Face Traverse, Washington
    Eldorado, West Arete
    Talisman & Bird Brain Boulevard, Ouray Colorado
    Mt Huntington, AK, Harvard Route & Colton-Leach
    Mont Blanc, Alps


    Wilderness First Responder/ CPR
    Avalanche Level III
    Leave No Trace Trainer
    IFMGA Certified Mountain Guide


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