Zack Wentz

Zack Wentz

Guide: Washington

Zack started his guiding career working as a rock climbing instructor and guide in 2014 while completing his university degree. He studied Forest Sciences with a focus on Snow and Avalanche Forecasting at the University of British in Vancouver, BC. During his degree, he worked as a tail guide and avalanche instructor for numerous Canadian ski-guiding operations, and spent his summers as an alpine and rock guide in the Sierras, SE USA, among other locations. During his degree, Zack did an undergraduate research project looking at the effects of vegetation on snowpack instability, which he ultimately presented at the 2018 International Snow Science Workshop. Climbing and guiding has taken Zack to all areas of the world, including: the French and Austrian Alps, New Zealand, northern Canada, Mexico, and numerous regions in western Canada and the USA. Zack is in the process of completing his full IFMGA mountain guide certification through the AMGA, and ultimately aims to balance guiding with research in avalanche forecasting. Zack’s favorite activity in the mountains is splitboarding big lines on big peaks and working to find the best conditions to do this in; though he enjoys any aspect of mountain travel and especially connecting others to the beauty and lessons that the mountains have to offer.

Significant Ascents

Mount Rainier – DC
Mount Baker – North Ridge, Easton Glacier, Coleman-Deming, Squak Glacier
Mount Shuksan – Fisher Chimneys, Sulphide Glacier, White Salmon Glacier
Eldorado Peak, North Cascades – East Ridge
Mount Adams, WA – South Spur
Torment Forbidden Traverse, North Cascades
Silver Star Peak, North Cascades
Dragontail Peak, WA – Serpentine Arete
Mount Slesse, BC – NE Buttress
Mount Garibaldi, BC – North Face (ski descent)
South Howser Tower, BC – Beckey-Chouinard
Mount Whitney, CA – Mountaineer’s Route
Mount Cook, NZ – East Face (ski descent)

Certifications

WFR / CPR
Avalanche Safety for Ski Operations Level 1
AIARE Course Instructor
AMGA Rock Guide Course
AMGA Ski Guide Course
LNT Trainer

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