Rarely to be found without a pack, a rack and a rope nearby, Chris would probably rather be climbing or eating than doing just about anything else (except maybe skiing or cooking). Chris grew up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania before moving to the Pacific Northwest where he has been climbing and guiding since. At home most of the time in Bend, OR, Chris is finally figuring out how to use the holds at Smith, and has climbed, guided, and established new routes in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, and climbed everywhere from across the US to New Zealand, Australia, Europe, Asia, Africa, Mexico and Canada. Chris is an AMGA Certified Rock and Alpine Guide, and holds a BFA from New York University. His climbing achievements include 5.12 rock, WI6 ice, M9 mixed, and everything from Yosemite big walls to first ascents on virgin Alaskan summits. His guiding career has taken him from Ouray to Denali, and up and down Mt. Hood nearly a hundred times. You can learn more about Chris and follow his adventures at Now!Climbing.com
IFMGA mountain guide Silas Rossi guides climbing and skiing trips throughout North
America and beyond. He is owner of Alpine Logic, LLC and teaches professional guide
training courses for the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). His favorite
destinations include the Sierras, Cascades, Canadian Rockies, Alaska, Tetons, Gunks, and
a handful of areas around New England.
While based in New Paltz, NY, Silas spends much of the year guiding and teaching
around the country and abroad. Summers find him in the Tetons of Wyoming, with
winters in New Hampshire guiding ice climbing, ski mountaineering, and teaching
avalanche training courses. Fall and spring are a mixture of international destination ski
and climbing trips, teaching rock and ice courses at Plymouth State University, and
guiding in North Conway, Acadia National Park and the Gunk’s. Katahdin, Maine’s
highest point and home to some of the biggest alpine terrain east of the Rockies, keeps
Silas returning to Maine each winter.
Climbing began for Silas while a civil engineering student at the University of Maine.
Calculus didn’t stand a chance against the dramatic seaside cliffs near Bar Harbor, and
that fall, after changing majors, Silas chose to combine his love for adventure with his
desire to teach and began working as a professional mountain guide. Years later these
same reasons continue to keep Silas seeking out high and wild places.
While most of his time is spent climbing, skiing or en route to one of the two, Silas does
manage to find time for a few miles on his motorcycle and to listen to each and every one
of his rock star fiance’s latest hits.
What’s Silas’ favorite Brooks-Range product? Field book organizers! You can’t help
but be organized with these things.
Carlos began his extraordinary career in American mountaineering at age fifteen on a National Outdoor Leadership School course in Wyoming. He was twenty-eight when he was invited to join the American expedition attempting the East “Kangshung” face of Everest, its last, unclimbed flank. His decision to join this effort instead of attending graduate school in Washington, D.C. launched one of the most exceptional pursuits in American mountaineering. Throughout his life, Carlos has spearheaded remarkable explorations, including seldom explored and remote valleys in the Himalaya and Andes mountain chains. Carlos holds the highest honors in American mountaineering, including the top award for mountaineering achievement, the American Alpine Club’s Underhill Award. For more information on Carlos, visit http://www.carlosbuhler.com and http://www.carlosbuhler.blogspot.com/
Rebeka began her passion for the outdoors at a young age. Family vacations were almost exclusively spent outdoors camping, biking, hiking and backpacking. At 8 years old her parents introduced her to nordic skiing. The snow, mountain air and being in the woods quickly became the catalyst of her passion for being in the mountains. Soon Rebeka found herself wanting to take things to the next level, nordic skiing quickly turned into downhill and backcountry skiing adventures. While in college studying to be a nurse she became a part of a Outdoor Leadership Program and discovered rock climbing. What started out as top roping in tennis shoes on 30 foot walls along the river of her home town transformed into road trips to seek out bigger and better lines. She has come a long way since she first started climbing and continues to push her personal limits in the sport as well as discover other avenues of the sport like ice and alpine.
Home for Rebeka is Boulder, CO which provides her access to a wide spectrum of summer and winter mountain sports. In the summer you will find her high up on a rock face plugging gear or clipping bolts and in the winter on the slopes or swinging an ice axe. Rebeka loves empowering other women to get outdoors and push their limits. The mountains aren’t just for the boys ;)
Mike is an internationally licensed IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide. IFMGA Mountain Guide status is the highest level of guiding certification in the world, and is awarded to guides certified in the Rock, Alpine, and Ski Mountaineering disciplines through the American Mountain Guides Association. Mike began his guiding career after achieving a BA in Wilderness Leadership at Prescott College and has experience throughout the western United States, Canada, Alaska, Thailand, France, Italy and Switzerland. He chooses Crested Butte, Colorado as his home out of love for the wild backcountry skiing of the Elk Mountains and the tight-knit mountain community. While Mike's specialty is ski mountaineering, he enjoys guiding and instructing all forms of climbing and skiing as well as leading AIARE avalanche courses. His company, Mountain Pro Guiding, operates in some of the most exciting mountain venue.
Matt’s addiction to travel and ski alpinism led him to start guiding and teaching in 1999. He has shared his passion for remote and wild mountains from Alaska to Antarctica. Matt holds certifications as AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide, American Avalanche Association Professional Member, AIARE Level 1 & 2 Course Leader, Wilderness First Responder and Level III Avalanche. In an effort to help preserve wild places, Matt completed his MBA in sustainable business from BGI. When not out climbing or skiing for BC Adventure Guides Matt works on his own personal sustainability in Seattle with his wife and daughter. www.bcadventureguides.com
After over 30 years in the outdoor industry as an athlete, consumer, mountain guide, educator, ski instructor, rock guide, mountain bike racer, whitewater raft guide, salesperson, rock gym instructor, sea kayak guide, product tester, expedition leader, guide business owner, and professor, Kevin now finds himself in the very unique position of being a product ambassador for Brooks-Range Mountaineering. He’s extremely honored to be an ambassador and an invaluable asset to the team.
Kevin’s career as a guide has spans more than 20 years. Growing up in Northern Californian gave him plenty of time to explore, climb, and guide at outdoor meccas such as Yosemite, the Sierra Nevadas, the Wasatch, the Alaska Range, the Chugach Range, and the Rocky Mountains. In addition, he’s traveled to foreign, exotic locales such as Nepal to climb, guide, conduct research, and teach wilderness medicine. Kevin has also traveled to Russia to climb and guide Mt. Elbrus, and Pakistan to put up first ascents.
After fulfilling his dream of becoming an international mountain guide, Kevin realized that he wanted to help gain more recognition and respect guiding industry, both domestically and abroad, by promoting formalized training and education for guides. This led him to pursue a PhD in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism from the University of Utah. Nowadays, Kevin works as an assistant professor and is the program coordinator of the Wilderness Leadership program at Westfield State University. He often takes his students on expeditions to the mountains of Nepal, Wyoming, Colorado, California, and New England. He continues to work as a guide and conducts field research in mountainous environments. Kevin has been awarded numerous grants to support his research from organizations such as the American Alpine Club and has been involved with the AMGA helping to rewrite an instruction manual and serving on committees.
Passionate for every aspect offered by climbing from bouldering, cracks and sport to having fun with friends, Charlie is an avid climber based out of Mammoth Lakes, California. With over 13 years of climbing experience under his belt, he looks to share his climbing expertise with others in a recent guidebook published about climbing near Mammoth Lakes.
Aaron Richards is a professional mountain guide based in Bishop, Calif. The son of entomologists, he grew up exploring the rainy foothills of the Cascades and eventually earned a degree in botany from Oregon State University. He has since lived, worked and played in Portland and in the Bay Area, pursuing climbing and skiing across the western United States and Canada, and also running and competitive ultimate Frisbee.
Making a home in the Eastern Sierra has meant easier access to environments and challenges he loves best: large alpine walls, great couloir skiing and even a bit of ice. He’s working toward full IFMGA certification and continues to enjoy his work for Sierra Mountain Center, which unites his fascination with nature and his love of working with people.