Zack grew up in Durango, CO and began venturing into the mountains of the North and South San Juans at an early age. He studied Elementary Education and Communication at the University of Colorado in Boulder and worked for the Colorado Outward Bound School for 7 years – leading long expeditions (15-52 days) throughout the Southwest and Alaska. Colorado was where he began his guiding career working for several small guiding operations as well as the Colorado Mountain School before moving to Bellingham, WA in the spring of 2017 to work for Baker Mountain Guides. The North Cascades are home now and he’s not going anywhere anytime soon. 7 months out of the year, you can find him on skis teaching avalanche courses, ski guiding, or dreaming of shredding pow in between rain events. The remaining months, he works as a guide and instructor for everything from alpine rock to glacier mountaineering in the Cascades.
Take 5 with the Guide
Science Fiction shows/movies. Except I feel zero guilt.
What was your first mountain? When did you climb it? Who were you with?
Mount Crested Butte when I was four with my folks. Thanks ski lifts.
Most people don’t know that…
I had a pet squirrel growing up.
In another life I’d…
Probably be doing the same thing.
When you’re not guiding?
55+ Guided ascents of Mount Baker, WA via various routes (including the Coleman Headwall and North Ridge) and guided ski descents on all 12 of Baker’s glaciers.
West Buttress, Denali, AK
North Face, Fisher Chimneys, Sulphide, Mount Shuksan, WA
Chilliwack Slam (Spickard, Custer, SE Spire, Mox Peaks “Hard Mox”, Mount Redoubt), WA
Emmons, Mount Rainier, WA
Full Exum, Grand Teton, WY
Angel’s Crest, Squamish, BC
Glacier Peak, WA in 16-hour RT guided ultraneering.
Picket’s Traverse (Whatcom, Challenger, Luna), WA
West Ridge, Forbidden Peak, WA
Alexander’s Chimney, North Face, Keyhole Ridge, Keyhole, Long’s Peak, CO
Wilderness First Responder / CPR
Leave No Trace Trainer
AIARE Pro 2 Cert
AIARE Course Leader
AMGA Certified Ski Guide
AMGA Rock Guide Course
AMGA Alpine Guide Course
AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor