Westley Shaffer

    Westley Shaffer

    Guide: Washington

    Westley is a guide based out of Colorado, guiding rock climbing, ice climbing, and mountaineering mostly in and around the Coastal, Chilkat, and Takshanuk ranges. He also instructs ice climbing in Michigan’s Upper Penninsula. Westley has spent the last fifteen years climbing, mountaineering, and skiing in Canada, Alaska, and the western United States and Iceland. Westley’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

    If you could only take one album on an expedition…
    Jazz by Queen

    Guilty Pleasure
    Lindt Sea Salt Chocolate

    What’s always in your snack bag?

    Most people don’t know that…
    All Fruit Loops are the same flavor…minus the Wild Berry ones!

    In another life I’d…
    I’d be a pilot, or reincarnated as a bird. The thought of taking flight is intriguing.

    Significant Ascents

    Mt. Hefty, Boundary Peak in Southeast AK – 1st ascent
    Mt. Whitney -winter solo ascent via Mountaineers Route
    Mt. Carmack
    Water Ice climbing up to WI5


    Wilderness First Responder / CPR
    Alpine Skills Course
    Avalanche Level 1
    Avalanche Rescue Course
    AMGA Single Pitch instructor


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