The Northwestern United States offers an abundance of climbing opportunities. Spectacular guided mountain climbs can be found on the volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest, including Mt. Rainier, one of the most popular climbs. In addition to Mount Rainier, Mount Baker the second largest glaciated peak in the lower 48 states offers an excellent experience for those seeking to further their skills in the mountains. Mount Shuksan, Sahale Peak, Ruth Mountain, Eldorado Peak as well as Forbidden Peak all located in North Cascades NP otherwise know as the “American Alps” offer a mix of glaciated terrain and alpine rock within a spectacular scenic landscape. Across the Puget Sound, Mount Olympus located within Olympic NP provides a true wilderness experience through the Hoh Rain Forest to the Blue Glacier and it’s rocky West Peak summit.
We also offer mountaineering instruction during our one-day, four-day, five-day and eight-day alpine mountaineering schools. As well as Alpine rock climbing and single-pitch rock instruction near Snoqualmie Pass just 40 minutes East of Seattle. In the winter we offer Backcountry skiing and Avalanche awareness and safety courses. Discover your passion and climb with Northwest Alpine Guides located in Issaquah, WA, located at the foothills of the Pacific Cascade Range.
Our “Mountain Guides” are veteran mountaineers who believe in giving personal attention to each and every one of their mountain climbing customers. Celebrating over 20 years of guiding experience, NW Alpine Guide staff have dedicated their entire life’s to exploring the remote corners of the world through trekking and mountain climbing expeditions. Northwest Alpine Guides parent company, Mountain Gurus, provides international climbing expeditions worldwide. They specialize in leading treks and tours and mountaineering expeditions to many of the most exciting destinations on Earth, including all of the Seven Summits.
“Thanks again for being such a great guide and making the climb such a positive experience!” Nina G
“Great big thank you to the Mountain Gurus & NW Alpine Guides team for the most challenging and rewarding week of mountain school on Mt. Shuksan & Mt. Baker. For anyone interested in getting into mountaineering or just wanting to nail that first summit I can’t recommend these guys enough!” Rachel D
We specialize in three styles of trips:
1. Treks – non-technical hikes that do not entail the use of any specialized equipment but require solid physical condition.
2. Climbs – trips that involve the use of specialized equipment such as ropes, crampons and ice axe.
3. Courses – during a course we have more time to teach advanced climbing skills to further independence in the mountains.
For either style of trip, we will teach you the skills you will need and help you prepare to climb safely and successfully in the mountains.
Our mountain guides are among the finest in the industry and draw on their extensive experience from climbing and exploring some of the most remote places on earth. They are highly skilled professionals and are committed to giving our clients the individual care they expect. Chosen for their leadership, judgment and character, Northwest Alpine Guides guides grip a passion for adventure, guiding you on the path to truly reaching your goals.
Meet Our Team
Owner / Alpine Guide
Dennis grew up on the south shore of Long Island far away from any mountain top. As a teenager he discovered skiing and hiked his first peak in the Adirondack Mountains. He quickly became an ADK 46er by his early twenties. Since 1997, Dennis has professionally mountain guided and has over 25 years of climbing experience. His passion for mountains and exploration has led him to climb and travel all over the world. In 1993 he worked as a volunteer in Nepal where he discovered his love of foreign cultures while helping the Nepalese people. He’s worked for many well respected guide services including ice guiding in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, on Mount Rainier and in the North Cascades. His expedition experience includes Mount Everest, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, Island Peak, Lobuche Peak, Aconcagua, Mount McKinley, Elbrus, Kilimanjaro, Mount Blanc, Alpamayo, Orizaba, Cotopaxi, Cayambe, Antizana as well as the major mountain ranges of the United States.
Sam grew up in Nantucket a small island off the coast of Massachusetts. After a short stint at College of the Atlantic and a trip to Patagonia he decided he would rather spend the majority of his time in the mountains. He has climbed and guided across the US and Alaska, as well as internationally in Chile, Argentina, and Nepal. In 2004 he made it into the American Alpine Journal for a first Ascent in Patagonia. He has Guided Expeditions to Aconcagua, Denali, Ama Dablam, and has also climbed Island Peak and Lobuche Peak in Nepal. He holds a Wilderness First Responder, AIARE level 2 Avalanche Certification, Leave No Trace, and is a Single Pitch Instructor through the AMGA. When Not guiding Sam enjoys hanging out with friends, family, and a good cup of Coffee.
Craig Van Hoy
Craig is recognized as one of the finest mountain guides in the world. He has over 400 summits of Mount Rainier by 19 different routes. In 1989 he reached the summit of Kangchenjunga as part of the first American ascent. 8568 meter Kangchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world. Craig has participated on three expeditions to Mount Everest, two via the Northridge and one from the South Col which led to a successful summit in 2004. Craig has also summited the “Seven Summits”. As a year-round guide he leads our Northwest Climbs as well as expeditions to Aconcagua and the to Mexican Volcanoes. Craig is an AMGA certified Alpine Guide.
Alpine Guide / Ski Mountaineering Guide
Matt is a certified Ski Mountaineering Guide with the AMGA and an AIARE avalanche safety instructor dedicated to perfecting his craft. He began his professional ski career in 1993 as a ski instructor and let his curiosity for steep wild places lead him to a full time career as professional mountain guide. Matt began skiing and alpine racing in New York’s Catskill mountains Matt found a way to combine his passion for travel, wild snow and big mountains by guiding trekking, climbing, skiing and making connections across cultural and linguistic divides around the globe in Antarctica, Europe, Asia, North & South America.
Alpine Guide / Rock Guide
Originally from North Dakota, Brian grew up hunting, fishing, and spending much of his time outdoors. He graduated from Minnesota State University in Anthropology, and worked for a number of years as a field archaeologist. The transition from archaeology to guiding came slowly, and eventually he found himself immersed in a two-year guide training program. After completing this program he took a position with Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures based in Northern Thailand. After 4 years of guiding and working in the tropics he returned to the U.S. and began guiding full time both domestically and internationally.
Morgan Miller (in remembrance)
Alpine Guide / Ski Mountaineering Guide
Morgan is from the woods of Michigan, where adventuring with hunting rifles &fishing rods eventually gave way to backpacks, skis & climbing ropes. A recreation management graduate from Michigan State University, he has been on a 14+ year adventure as a professional outdoor educator, ski & climbing instructor, and mountain guide with professional certifications and training in climbing & skiing instruction, wilderness medicine, and avalanche safety. His professional passion is helping his guests and students accomplish their mountain dreams while living and moving with style in the mountains.
Tulsi is from the Gorkha region of Nepal, and began working as a trekking and climbing guide in 2003. In 2012 he became a certified IFMGA Mountain Guide and received his Mountain Guide diploma with the Nepal National Mountain Guide Association (NMGA). Tulsi has summitted Everest twice and climbed Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, Mera Peak as well as many peaks in Nepal. Tulsi has also climbed peaks in Russia, France and Italy, including Mont Blanc. He has traveled in China, Tibet, France and Italy. He’s attended many advanced mountaineering courses, first aid and high mountain rescue.
Alpine Guide / Ski Mountaineering Guide
Ryan grew up in Eagle River, Alaska around the foothills of the Chugach mountains. He began exploring his surroundings at a young age via skis, backpacking and scrambling. Fueled by the desire to see more and go further, Ryan began to learn the skills and practices of rock and ice climbing, mountaineering and glacier travel and backcountry skiing. He left AK to study where he completed a degree in organizational behavior, after returning to AK for a short stint he moved to Seattle in the summer of 2012. He’s climbed in several parts of the United States and finds the Pacific Northwest to feel most like home.