Samuel Rooney

    Samuel Rooney

    Guide: Washington, Alaska

    Samuel grew up surrounded by the San Juan mountains of Southwest Colorado. He enjoys all types of skiing, climbing and spending time in the mountains. Samuel calls Pagosa Springs, CO home and has been making the migration north to guide in the Cascades since 2019. When not guiding for Alpine Ascents, Samuel works as the Avalanche Forecaster at Wolf Creek Ski Area and running an Arborist Tree Climbing company. If Samuel isn’t up in a tree or in the mountains he can usually be found in the desert, rock climbing, biking, drinking coffee and spending time with his wife and dog.

    Significant Ascents

    Mt. Rainer (Kautz, DC, Fuhrer Finger)
    Mt. Baker multiple Ski Descents
    Mt. Hood multiple Ski Descents
    Mt. Shuksan
    Numerous technical ski descents of 13,000 – 14,000ft peaks in Colorado
    Grand Teton – North Ridge
    Bugaboo Spire – Northeast Ridge
    South Howser Tower – Becky-Chouinard
    The Pope’s Nose – Central Buttress
    Dragontail Peak – Backbone Ridge


    Wilderness First Responder/CPR
    National Registry EMT-B
    Pro 1 Avalanche Certification
    Canadian Avalanche Association AST 1 and AST 2
    Leave No Trace Trainer
    AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course


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