Rikki Dunn

    Rikki Dunn

    Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

    Rikki was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and found his passion for the mountains while attending Western Washington University. After Graduating with a degree in Outdoor Education he spent four years leading students on month long backpacking and mountaineering trips in the Sierras and has been guiding here in Washington and abroad for the last five. When Rikki isn’t skiing climbing or trail running he can be found skipping rocks across remote alpine lakes.

    Take 5 with the Guide

    Favorite movie?
    Chasing Mavericks

    Most beloved book?
    Life of Pi – Yann Martel

    If you could be stuck with anyone (past or present) at base camp for a week?
    someone who is really good at cribbage

    In another life, I’d…
    be a sea turtle

    One piece of advice for aspiring mountaineers?
    Learn how to suffer well.

    Guide For:


    Significant Ascents

    Mt. Rainier (35+)
    Mt. Baker(25+)
    Mt. Shuksan(15+)
    Pico de Orizaba


    Wilderness First Responder / CPR
    AIARE Pro Level 1
    Leave No Trace Trainer

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