Regardless of how skilled you are at climbing or skiing, nothing beats local knowledge. Patagonia recommends the following guide services if you want to make the most of your time in the mountains.
North Cascades Mountain Guides
We are a small company of guides located on the east side of the North Cascades in the beautiful Methow Valley of Washington State. We specialize in low ratio custom trips and professional programs rich with in depth skills instruction, challenge and adventure. NCMG offers courses and private trips for rock climbing, alpine climbing, mountaineering, ice climbing and backcountry skiing in the rugged and spectacular "Alps of America" as well as many of the world's other great ranges. Whatever your ambitions include, you will find that we offer the best times, the best people and the best of places.
Northwest Mountain School
The Northwest Mountain School (NMS) is owned and operated by John Race and Olivia Cussen. NMS is based in Leavenworth, WA and offers guided climbs on most peaks in the Pacific Northwest as well as rock, alpine, and ski tours worldwide. Annual trips are as varied as one day climbs near Leavenworth, week-long European Ski Traverses, climbs of classics like the North Ridge of Mt. Stuart and the West Ridge of Forbidden Peak, and as exotic as sailing-climbing combinations to South Georgia Island. Both John Race and Olivia Cussen are IFMGA certified guides. Olivia is the third American woman to have earned her IFMGA certification. NMS pledges 1% of its annual revenue to local environmental organizations.
Skyward Mountaineering by Steve House and Vince Anderson
Skyward Mountaineering is a boutique mountain guide service run by Vince Anderson and Steve House. Headquartered in the San Juan Mountains of Western Colorado we specialize in educating and preparing alpinists for off-the-beaten track climbs. We lead the world in guiding ascents of hard classics like the North Faces of the Eiger, Grand Jorasses and the Matterhorn as well as North American test pieces such as the Moonflower Buttress on Mt. Hunter, the Harvard Route on Mt. Huntington and Denali’s Cassin Ridge. At the core of our philosophy lies a unique emphasis on concurrently training skills, judgment, teamwork, fitness and mental preparation. We emphasize practicing all aspects of alpinism from multi-pitch rock climbs to ski mountaineering to climbing the great alpine faces of the world.
Our entire team at Skyward Mountaineering works hard to share a view toward climbing and skiing that counts ethics, courage and aesthetics among its virtues.
Utah Mountain Adventures
Based in the Wasatch Range near Salt Lake and Park City since 1993, Utah Mountain Adventures (UMA) is the premier full-spectrum, year-round guide service in Utah. Programs include backcountry skiing and split-snowboarding, rock climbing and ice climbing, avalanche instruction, summer and winter mountaineering, trekking (hiking and snowshoeing) and canyoneering skills. UMA’s incredible roster of guides and instructors maximizes the knowledge and experience gained by guests. Led by Julie Faure and Tyson Bradley, UMA (formerly Exum Utah Mountain Adventures) operates under an exclusive permit issued by the Wasatch-Cache National Forest.
Yamnuska Mountain Adventures
Based in the Canmore, Alberta, Canada, Yamnuska Mountain Adventures has been guiding and instructing mountain activities since 1977. We run guiding and instructional programs in mountaineering, rock and ice climbing, backcountry skiing, avalanche training, and hiking for all levels. All of our guides are ACMG or IFMGA certified but they are also chosen for their leadership skills, instructional techniques and their passion for the mountains. We host clients from all over the world in the Canadian Rockies and consider these mountains our home, playground and classroom. Yamnuska Mountain Adventure guides proudly wear Patagonia clothing for our staff uniforms.