Pacific Alpine Guides is a collective of professional mountain guides with experience guiding all over the world, in ranges including the Olympic Mountains, Cascades, Canadian Rockies, Alaska Range and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Chugach, Andes, Alps, Antartica, Himalayas, and elsewhere.
Our guide team has extensive training in the realms of wilderness medicine, technical rescue, and avalanche risk management. Guides hold certifications from organizations including the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE), American Avalanche Association (AAA), Wilderness Medical Institute (WMI), and Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA).
Solveig was born and raised in the Alpental Valley of Washington State. She first clicked into ski bindings at less than a year old, and has been in hot pursuit of fresh snow ever since. Mountaineering was a natural progression in the search for steeper, more interesting terrain, and the biathlon of ski-mountaineering soon became a lifelong passion. Solveig started guiding while getting a BA from Western State Colorado University, and has since worked in the Sierra’s, the Cascades, the Alaska Range, and Internationally on the Mexican Volcanoes and Argentina’s Aconcagua. Personal climbing and skiing aspirations have taken her toRead More
Tyler is a native of the Olympic Peninsula and has an extensive background in the mountains. He was born in New Zealand and spent his first year living on a sailboat. He grew up in Port Townsend, WA and started backcountry skiing in the Olympic Mountains when he was 13. Tyler has guided in the Northwest, Colorado, Alaska, and internationally. In addition to Pacific, Tyler works with three other guide services including RMI, one of the largest in the United States, where he guides ascents of Mt Rainier, winter programs, and climbs in the North Cascades; San Juan Mountain Guides, where heRead More
Katy grew up in both Colorado and Florida, setting in motion a lifelong passion for both the mountains and ocean. She moved to the Pacific Northwest in search of a place where she could spend her time adventuring in both realms. Katy has worked as a mountain guide in Washington and Alaska, an avalanche instructor in the Olympic Mountains and Colorado, and a pro patroller in Montana. Her love for the mountains is only surpassed by her love for the ocean, and when she’s down at sea level she can be found studying marine mammals. A photography enthusiast, Katy tookRead More
Jake has been guiding in Washington State since 2006, returning to his home state to combine passion and profession. Jake guides multiple international expeditions each year to Mexico, Ecuador, and Argentina, as well as an annual trip to Denali (20,320′). In the Northwest he works on Mt Rainier and in the North Cascades. When not mountain guiding he teaches for the Adaptive Sports Center in Crested Butte, CO, climbs, ski tours, and explores water in its frozen and liquid states. Jake’s favorite aspect of guiding is sharing his love of the high places and teaching others how to access the view.Read More
Lindsay grew up in New England and had her first backcountry skiing experience on Tuckerman’s Ravine at age 13. This early introduction to the backcountry helped Lindsay to develop her passion for the mountains and skiing. After graduating college with a degree in Geology she moved to Colorado, where she spends her winters. Lindsay keeps busy in the winters coaching alpine ski racing, guiding backcountry skiing, teaching avalanche courses and soul shredding. During the summers she’s based in Washington, where she enjoys guiding on Mt. Rainier and other northwest mountains. Lindsay also guides on Denali. • AMGA Ski Guide CourseRead More
Olympic Peninsula local Peter Leh has been ski guiding for over 30 years. He is an AMGA Certified Ski Mountaineering Guide and is part of the AMGA Instructor Team, teaching guide courses in the ski discipline. He is an AIARE Level 1 & 2 Course Director and PSIA Level 3 Nordic Certified. In the winter of 1975, Peter learned to ski in the Yosemite backcountry on 7 day snow camping trips in high school. He started on wooden skis with leather boots, waxing the skis with pine tar and kick wax, the gear of the time. As the snows melts he spends his time guiding riversRead More
The combination of mountain adventures and documentation, through visual media has molded Jason’s path. Jason has worked as a guide throughout Washington, Montana, Alaska and South America for over a decade. Jason enjoys bringing people into the mountains and sharing his passion for adventures. He has 10 (personal and guiding) trips in the Alaska Range, well over 100 summits on Mt Rainier, many climbs throughout Washington’s North Cascades, Cotopaxi and Cayambe in Ecuador, and many climbs throughout Montana. Jason has been an EMT for 12 years, is certified in Leave No Trace, and holds a Level 3 Avalanche certificate. JasonRead More
When Jack moved to Port Angeles, Washington from Vermont in 1991 he brought six years of experience in the world of outdoor recreation with him, including three years as a pro-patroller and three years as a telemark ski instructor and backcountry tour leader. His enthusiasm for these activities led him to become co-founder and co-owner of Olympic Mountaineering & Olympic Mountain Tours in 1994, the original Olympic Mountains guide service. Over the next 12 years, Jack taught avalanche and backcountry skiing courses to hundreds of people, and pioneered many ski routes and first descents in the Olympic Mountains. Jack andRead More
Growing up in Colorado and California, Seth learned to love the outdoors early on. He moved to Washington in 2003 and began a career in guiding. He has guided many mountains throughout the world including Denali, Vinson Massif, Mount Everest, Kilimanjaro, Mount Elbrus and good ‘ol Mount Rainier. In the winter he can be found pigging-out on powder here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. • AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide Course/Aspirant Exam • AAA Level 3 Avalanche • Wilderness First Responder • LNT Trainier < GUIDES
Born and raised in the second most jagged country of Western Europe, Spain, Elías de Andrés has been captivated by the offerings of the mountains since he was a child. From his early age reckless adventures to his personal climbing and professional guiding nowadays, Elías has numerous stories to share about climbing around the world. From the Alps to the Rockies, from the Alsaka Range to Patagonia or from the Andes to the Himalaya, Elías finds today his climbing home grounds in the American mountains of the Pacific Northwest in the summer, and the Colorado Rockies in the winter. An avid iceRead More
Leon has been guiding in the Pacific Northwest since 2007 and has not found a reason to stop. After graduating from Virginia Tech with a degree in Architecture, Leon moved back to Washington to pursue guiding full time and to share his passion for the steep world with others. His enthusiasm for the mountains has taken him into the Alaska Range, South America, and the Himalayas. When taking time off from guiding you may find him falling out of an airplane, rock climbing or trying very very hard to ski in any direction. • Wilderness First Responder • LevelRead More
Sarah has a passion for the outdoors. She’s been working in the field of snow and snow science since 1998, when she started as a ski patroller at Bridger Bowl in Bozeman, MT. As an owner of the American Avalanche Institute, Sarah teaches avalanche courses throughout the west. Sarah also works as a ski guide in the Tetons during the winter, sharing her love of skiing with others while wearing a huge smile on her face. During the summer and fall, Sarah works as a mountain guide throughout the western US, as well as internationally. Sarah lives with her husbandRead More
Tyler grew up in the ski town of Sun Valley, Idaho where he starting skiing and climbing as a youngster. This grew an obsession with climbing and skiing that has taken him adventuring around the world. Tyler has extensive experience in the Alaska Range spending 400+ days on the glaciers, including completing the first Cassin Ridge to the Muldrow Glacier traverse as well as multiple ski descents and guided climbs in the range. In winter Tyler can be found in his dreamland, La Grave, France, ski guiding steep off-piste steeps through the Southern Alps and Italy. The summers take himRead More
Growing up in Ohio, Eric had a relatively flat start to life. Family trips “Out West” served as an opportunity to experience the mountains. Immediately after graduating from Miami University, Eric moved west of the Rockies. In subsequent years, despite having a finance degree, Eric has guided year round and explored most of the notable ranges in the States. Every type of climbing – rock, ice and alpine capture his attention. He guides programs in Washington, Colorado, Alaska and internationally. When not in the mountains, he resides in Seattle and enjoys reading, cooking and bicycling. • Level 2 AvalancheRead More