Philip Straub

    Philip Straub

    Guide: Washington

    After growing up in New England, Phil has spent the last 16 years pursuing life in the mountains. In that time, he has lived in Montana, Arizona, Alaska, Colorado, California, Argentina and now Washington, learning as much about his local mountain ranges as possible through backcountry travel, mountain guiding and scientific research. He worked for 7 years with Prescott College instructing avalanche and alpine climbing courses and has taught for avalanche centers and schools around the West. He has also done extensive research in the mountains, focusing on snow science, meteorology and snow hydrology. These days you’ll find Phil seeking out fresh ski lines, splitter cracks, or pouring over weather models trying his best to negotiate with the atmosphere.

    Take 5 with the Guide

    Favorite childhood breakfast cereal
    Grape nuts. Seriously.

    What was your first mountain? When did you climb it? Who were you with?
    Probably Mount Washington with my dad when I was just a wee lad

    Dream rope team / climbing partner for your dream climb?
    Gym climbing with Bill Murray

    When you’re not guiding?
    Picnics and punk music

    Most people don’t know that…
    I’ve been struck by lightning 2.5 times

    Significant Ascents

    Denali by several routes, including ski descents
    Sultana Ridge, Mt Foraker
    Harvard Route, Mount Huntington
    Eastern Alaska Range Ski traverse (Black Rapids to Cantwell)
    Wishbone Ridge, Mt Robson
    Skyladder, Mt Andromeda (Ski Descent)
    El Capitan by 3 routes
    Liberty Ridge, Mt Rainier
    Mount Baker, 25+ ascents including ski descents
    Complete North Ridge, Mt Stuart
    Torment-Forbidden Traverse in a day


    Wilderness First Responder/CPR
    AIARE Pro 2
    AIARE Avalanche Course Instructor
    AMGA Rock Guide Course
    AMGA Ski Guide Course
    Leave No Trace Master Educator



      Greeting follow climbers! This past week has showcased truly classic Pacific Northwest weather with a mixture of sunshine and rain showers (or snow showers in the mountains).  When the weather has allowed teams have been reaching the summit of peaks from the southern part of Washington (Mt Adams) to the northern part of the state […]


      Greeting follow climbers! Summer has arrived to the Pacific Northwest! With the recent long periods of sunny weather, teams all over the state have been climbing and getting out enjoying the mountains. Teams have been reaching the top of peaks across the region, from deep in the North Cascades to alpine rock routes to Mt […]


      Greetings follow climbers! Sunny skies have returned in the PNW today (Wednesday, June 5th) after a several days of stormy weather.  Earlier this week, two stacked atmospheric rivers impacted Washington and the Cascades, heavily producing precipitation and strong winds across the state. The Paradise snotel site picked up over 4” of water and the snotel […]

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