Quinn Pollner

    Quinn Pollner

    Guide: Washington

    Quinn is a guide based out of Colorado, guiding rock climbing and mountaineering mostly in and around Washington and Colorado. Quinn has spent the last twelve years climbing, mountaineering, and skiing all over the world, mainly in the western United States. He has also spent time in Canada, Alaska, Argentina, and Nepal. Quinn’s passion for the outdoors has led him to pursue a career as a guide so that he can instruct and introduce people to these amazing places.

    Take 5 with the Guide

    What was your first mountain?
    My first major mountain was aconcagua

    What’s always in your snack bag?
    Sour gummy worms and gold fish

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

    What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not guiding?
    Climbing, photography, traveling

    One piece of advice for aspiring mountaineers
    Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory

    Significant Ascents

    Aconcagua (6,961m)
    Lion Blanco (5,000m)
    The Diamond (via Casual Route)
    Many alpine routes in Rocky Mountain National Park
    Water Ice climbing up to WI5 ‘/


    Wilderness First Responder / CPR
    Rock Guide Course
    Alpine Guide Course
    Ice Instructor Course
    Avalanche Level 1
    Avalanche Rescue Course
    AMGA Certified Single Pitch instructor


    • Diabetes in the Wild

      Submission By Morgan McGonagle I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was 12 years old. As a very active and independent 12-year-old, this was not a convenient diagnosis. I wanted to be outside as much as possible at the time and was planning to attend a summer camp where I would be away […]

    • Training for Mountaineering Webinar with Steve House

      Alpine Ascents International hosted Steve House, founder of Uphill Athlete and author of the training bible for mountaineers and trail runners, Training for the Uphill Athlete, for a free webinar on February 20th. Steve covered the training approach that he used in his own career as a professional climber which he now uses to help […]

    • Self Love and Wilderness

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