Willy Oppenheim

    Willy Oppenheim

    Guide: Washington

    Willy Oppenheim has been playing in the mountains all his life, and has been working in the mountains since 2009, when he began leading mountaineering, rock climbing, and skiing courses for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Willy has led numerous mountaineering expeditions in the North Cascades and the Waddington Range of British Columbia, and has also worked in India’s Kumaon Himalaya and the Wind River Range of Wyoming. His personal climbing trips have brought him to Ecuador, Chile, France, and Pakistan, where in 2011 he was a member of a four-man team attempting a first ascent in the Charakusa Valley.

    When he is not climbing or skiing in the mountains, Willy spends his time leading an international education non-profit, Omprakash (www.omprakash.org) and enjoys playing guitar, baking bread, running, and flyfishing.

    Significant Ascents

    USA
    Mt. Rainier – DC, Emmons, Liberty Ridge
    Mt. Baker – Easton, Coleman-Deming, North Ridge
    Mt. Shuksan – Fisher Chimneys, North Face, Sulphide Glacier
    Mt. Stuart – North Ridge, Ice Cliff Glacier
    Eldorado Peak – SW Ridge, North Face
    Dragontail Peak – Triple Couloirs, Serpentine Arete
    Mt. Garfield – Infinite Bliss
    El Capitan – Salathe Wall
    Gannett Peak – Gooseneck Couloir, North Face
    Grand Teton – North Ridge
    Mount Wilson – Resolution Arete > Inti Watana

    Canada
    Mount Grenville
    Mount Butte
    Mount Jubilee
    Bugaboos-Rogers Pass ski traverse

    International
    Ecuador – Cotopaxi
    Pakistan – Nayser Brakk
    Chile – Pantagruel (first ascent) and Cerro Fantasma (first ascent)

    Certifications

    Wilderness First Responder & CPR
    Avalanche Level 1
    Leave No Trace Master Educator

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