Sara Cohen

    Sara Cohen

    Guide: Washington, International

    Sara was born and raised in coastal Maine but has called the PNW home for over fifteen years. Before starting her career as a mountain guide in the Cascades over ten years ago, she worked for several seasons as a whitewater guide. Sara was a Professional Ski Patroller at Crystal Mountain for nearly fifteen seasons, focusing on her role as the director of the avalanche rescue dog group and the affiliated non-profit, Cascade Mountain Rescue Dogs. Currently, she is focusing on her small business, Stellar Canines, offering coaching to pet parents as a certified professional dog trainer.
    Sara is passionate about being active in the outdoors with humans and canines, mountain safety, and sharing the unforgettable experience of climbing the Cascade volcanoes. Sara lives in Bellingham year-round with her border collie, Piper, who loves snow even more than she does.

    Take 5 with the Guide

    If you could only take one album on an expedition?
    Singing Saw – Kevin Morby

    Most beloved book?
    The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx

    What’s always in your snack bag?
    Wilhelmina peppermints

    In another life, I’d…
    be a teacher

    One piece of advice for aspiring mountaineers?
    Spend the money on good gear.

    Significant Ascents

    Aconcagua
    Kilimanjaro
    Mt. Rainier (~ 60 summits by multiple routes)
    Mount Baker
    Mount Hood, with ski ascent

     

    Certifications

    W-EMT
    Avalanche Level II
    Outdoor Emergency Technician
    National Ski Patrol Member (11 years)
    Leave No Trace Trainer
    National Avalanche School Certificate
    International Snow Safety Workshop (2017)

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