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.
Alaska Mountaineering School
Alaska Mountaineering School is a small, professional, locally-owned business located in the village of Talkeetna, Alaska. AMS is committed to the highest standards of mountain travel and is composed of America’s finest wilderness educators and mountain guides. Each year AMS offers a full schedule of trips into the Alaska Ranges' awe-inspiring glaciated terrain: guided climbs of Denali, Mt. Hunter and Mt. Foraker; instructional mountaineering and wilderness courses for all skill levels, custom technical peak ascents and private glacier treks. Alaska Mountaineering School is a founding member of Patagonia's Pataguide program and supports Patagonia in their mission and activism; AMS staff proudly wears Patagonia's innovative outdoor clothing in Alaska's extremes on a daily basis. AMS operates in, and is a licensed concessionaire of Denali National Park and Preserve.
American Alpine Institute
Started in 1975, the American Alpine Institute's mission has been to help climbers achieve their personal goals, gain skills and competence on technical terrain in the mountains, and to foster a care for and awareness of the environments in which they travel. Called "the best all around climbing school and guide service in North America" (Jon Krakauer), AAI operates in 6 states and 16 countries. AAI has programs for all interest and ability levels, from instruction and ascent to expeditions to the 7 Summits.
Mountain Trip was established in the mountains of Alaska in 1973, and we have been guiding climbers on Denali since 1976. We are committed to providing the highest level of service, quality, and professionalism on every expedition. We are climbers guiding climbers, instilling our enthusiasm and respect for wild places in everyone with whom we tie onto a rope. While still specializing in guiding in Alaska including Denali, Mt Foraker, Mt Hunter, Mt Huntington, and other technical climbs, we also lead expeditions to big mountains around the world including the Himalaya, South America, Antarctica, and Indonesia. Mountain Trip is a small, custom and innovative guide service with some of the best professional guides in the business. We offset the carbon emissions of our world travel through TerraPass and are working towards making our office at 9,800 feet in Ophir, Colorado completely solar powered. We wear Patagonia products because they are the best, and we share their commitment to being a positive social and environmental force.
Mountain Trip is a licensed concessionaire of Denali National Park and Preserve.
National Outdoor Leadership School
The National Outdoor Leadership School, a nonprofit educational organization, is the leader in wilderness education. NOLS offers over 65 different course types, ranging in length from two weeks to 135 days, in the world’s most spectacular classrooms. Since 1965, this nonprofit school has introduced over 100,000 people to the skills and leadership techniques necessary to live and travel in the wilderness.
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 is a boutique mountain guide service based in the San Juan Mountains of Western Colorado, run by Vince Anderson and Steve House. Skyward specializes in custom trips to the off-the-beaten track destinations all over the world, difficult climbing ascents of well-known classics like the Northface of the Eiger or the Moonflower Buttress on Mt.Hunter as well as on coaching and training for Alpine Climbing and Ski Mountaineering. Skyward feels privileged to share with their clients a view toward climbing and skiing that counts ethics, courage, and aesthetics among its virtues. Experience the true spirit of alpinism: Adventure, challenge, and partnership. Great climbers make the best guides!
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.