Ryan Sorenson

    Ryan Sorenson

    Guide: Washington

    Ryan grew up in northern Wyoming, learning from an early age to snowboard, ski, and climb in the Big Horn Mountains, the Tetons, and the Beartooth Range of Montana. He graduated from Southern Oregon University with a degree in environmental science, where he also was a successful collegiate runner. He began his guiding career on Mt Shasta in Northern California. In 2015, Ryan moved to Mammoth Lakes, California, to guide rock, backcountry skiing, and backpacking in the high Sierra Nevada Mountains. In 2019, he moved back to Mt. Shasta, working with the US forest service as a climbing ranger and avalanche forecaster for the Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center. Ryan has a quiet yet humble and professional demeanor with an excellent mountain sense and an adventurous spirit. When not guiding for Alpine Ascents, Ryan is a lead forecaster for the West Central Montana Avalanche Center and spends countless hours digging in the snow each winter to keep backcountry travelers safe.

    Take 5 with the Guide

    Favorite movie
    Star Wars

    Guilty Pleasure
    Chocolate peanut butter ice cream

    Dream rope team / climbing partner for your dream climb?
    Tommy Caldwell – Fitz Traverse

    In another life I’d…
    Be a Jet or Helicopter Pilot

    Most people don’t know that…
    I’m skilled at training horses.

    Significant Ascents

    60+ Ascents of Mt Shasta, California, USA (via 6 routes)
    DC, Kautz, Mt Rainier
    East Buttress, Mt Whitney
    Thunderbolt to Sill Traverse, High Sierra
    Regular Route, Third Pillar of Dana, High Sierra
    Bear Creek Spire, High Sierra
    North Face, Fairview Dome, Tuolumne Meadows
    Ski descents of various High Sierra peaks including Mt Whitney, Matterhorn Peak, Dunderberg Peak, Mount Dana, and many more


    Wilderness EMT
    AIARE Pro 2 Avalanche
    AIARE Instructor
    Leave No Trace Trainer
    AMGA Alpine Guide Course
    AMGA Rock Guide Course


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