Meet the Guides

 

AMG and MGI instructors on the summit of Aconcagua, Argentina. -Francois Morin

The instructors and guides at Alaska Mountain Guides and Mountain Guides International are professionals. They are special individuals who have a passion for being in the wilderness environment. They bring a wealth of experience from years of guiding throughout Alaska and the world to every course, and they genuinely enjoy sharing their knowledge. Their skill and positive attitudes insure our guests a great experience during their outdoor adventure. The following is a partial list of our guides’ accomplishments:

* More than 75 Mt McKinley expeditions (20,320 ft.). * Extensive climbing, trekking, and skiing trips throughout the Wrangell, St.Elias, Alaska, and Fairweather ranges in Alaska. * More than 90 expeditions to Aconcagua (22,829 ft.) in Argentina. * Climbing expeditions and treks throughout Nepal, Bhutan, and Pakistan. * Sea kayaking expeditions throughout Alaska, Mexico, Honduras and Greece. * Guided technical climbing on objectives as varied as Ama Dablam (22,493 ft) in Nepal’s Everest region, and classic alpine rock routes on Patagonia’s infamous towers. * Exploratory sea kayaking expeditions to Dundas and Taylor Bays in Glacier Bay National Park. * 30-Day ski mountaineering trip from Skagway to Juneau Alaska. This was the 1st crossing of the Juneau Ice Cap from this direction. * 25-day ski mountaineering trip from Mt. Fairweather to Haines Alaska crossing the remote Fairweather range. * Climbs and treks throughout Greenland. * Trekking in the Bale Mountains of Ethiopia. * Treks throughout Chilean and Argentine Patagonia. * Expedition to Broad Peak (8000 meters) in Pakistan. * Cultural treks in Guatemala, Ecuador, Nepal, Pakistan, Greenland and Africa. * Rafting trips in Pakistan, Alaska, Nepal, Africa, and Costa Rica. * Multiple Climbs of the volcanoes of Ecuador. * Expedition to Bogda Feng in Xinjiang, China. * Multiple climbs of the volcanoes of Mexico. * Training of US Army Special Forces in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. * Canoe trip down the Yukon River to Dawson with a team from National Geographic. The article is in National Geographic Adventure Magazine’s March/April 2001 issue. * Expeditions to Mt Elbrus in Russia. * Over 150 ascents of Mt Kilimanjaro. * Multiple Ascents of Mt Vinson in Antarctica.

AMG and MGI have over 50 guides. Below is a partial list of these special individuals.

Sean Gaffney

Sean is the Executive Director and has been instructing and guiding for 25 years. He is an international climbing guide with more than 75 ascents of mountains over 18,000 feet (5500m) including an alpine style climb of Ama Dablam in Nepal and a new route on Aconcagua in Argentina. He has led extensive skiing, rafting and trekking expeditions throughout North and South America, Africa and Asia.

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Jason Gaffney

As a Director, Jason has received accolades throughout North America for his expertise in risk management and program development. He teaches many of our professional programs including risk management seminars and professional incident response. He is an avid whitewater boater and rock climber with guiding and instructing experience from around the world

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Eli Fierer

Eli is the Director of Operations. He has guided and instructed for more than 12 years throughout North America, Alaska, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, and China.  He is a certified EMT II, holds a Avalanche Level III and is an accomplished teacher.  Eli leads many of our heli-skiing, mountaineering, first aid and rescue programs.

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Travis Tucker

Travis is our Operations Manager and has been guiding with us since 2004. In addition to his work in the office, he leads trips in Alaska, South America and Africa. He is WEMT and Avy 2 certified, and has multiple ascents of Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, and Denali under his belt. He specializes in logistics and in his free time enjoys snowboard mountaineering and ice climbing at home in Telluride, Colorado.

 

 

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Brian Rougeux

Equally at home on the high peaks of South America or the granite cracks of Utah, Brian is an EMT and has been leading AMG and MGI trips since 2005. He brings a wealth of skill and experience from instructing and guiding on Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, the Cordillera Blanca, the volcanoes of Ecuador and Mexico, and peaks throughout Alaska.

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Nathaniel Stephens

A WEMT, expert naturalist, ACA certified sea kayak instructor and an accomplished whitewater boater, Nathaniel has been guiding and instructing in Baja, Mexico and Alaska for more than 12 years. He is our University Program Coordinator, and he manages our sea kayak program.

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Bob Daffe

Bob is a whitewater pioneer. He has over 30 years of experience in whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing.He is a Rescue 3 International instructor, a raft guide examiner, and a canoe and kayak instructor. When he isn’t leading whitewater in the Yukon, Bob can be found teaching courses in Nepal and Ecuador, or leading personal expeditions in Chile and Africa.

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Bill Dwyer

Bill has ice climbed with kangaroos, guided expeditions to the highest peaks on three continents, and sea kayaked throughout Southeast Alaska.With over six years of wilderness education and teaching experience, Bill is at home in the outdoor classroom. Between organizing service programs in Tanzania and leading mountaineering courses in Argentina, Bill teaches English in Juneau, Alaska.

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John Chitanda

John brings his high altitude experience and broad knowledge of local culture to the MGI Tanzania programs. John is a fully licensed Kilimanjaro guide with over 200 ascents. He is a passionate supporter of education and community service on the mountain and in his home town of Moshi, Tanzania.

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Luis Villaba

Originally hailing from Puebla, Mexico, Luis has worked with AMG and MGI for over 4 years and leads rock climbing and high altitude courses in Mexico. As a certified Mexican paramedic, Luis also teaches emergency response and rescue courses.

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Meredith Riley

Meredith grew up in Hong Kong and moved to Park City, UT to pursue skiing. She is a professional skier and competes internationally. She instructs AMG mountaineering, ski, mountaineering, and ice climbing courses in Alaska and Utah. Meredith is also an EMT.

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Tom Chambers

Tom leads expeditions to the roof of Africa, Aconcagua, and the high peaks of Alaska in the Fairweather, Wrangell Saint-Elias, and Chilkat Ranges.  He also has taught numerous mountaineering and climbing courses in Alaska and Utah.  British wit and infectious friendliness give him a unique ability to bring joy and camaraderie to every course.  Tom is an enthusiastic rock, ice, and alpine climber and an EMT.

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Coleman Worthen

Coleman is an adventurer. He was raised in the High Deserts of Utah and grew up exploring the Wasatch Range. He’s been guiding and instructing professionally for for six years, both in the States and internationally. His passion for mountains and travel have led him throughout the Americas; Alaska to Patagonia. The winters find him working as a ski patrolman in Alta, Utah.

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Isis Barrera

With a degree in alternative tourism and firsthand knowledge of local archeology, culture and natural history, Isis brings her passion for environmental education to MGI Mexico programs. She is an enthusiastic photographer,diver, sea kayaker, and jungle trekker.

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Chad Wiles

Chad’s recent east to west bike trip across Asia and Europe is indicative of his overwhelming enthusiasm for adventure. An accomplished skier, climber, mountaineer, and sea kayaker, Chad spends his winters in his favorite play-ground of North Lake Tahoe. He leads MGI programs in Tanzania and AMG trips in Alaska.

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Nic Cunningham

Nic has climbed the seven summits. Nic also leads high altitude trips in South America and Africa. Originally from the farmlands of Minnesota, Nic brings his healthy appetite and attitude to mountaineering and ice climbing courses throughout Alaska. He has been guiding and instructing with AMG for 6 years.

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Phillip Bassignani

Phil is a passionate adventurer and outdoor enthusiast.  He is an EMT, pilot, and skilled guide.  Phil splits his time climbing, skiing, surfing, and traveling.  With multiple ascents on Aconcagua to educational courses in Alaska’s glaciated mountain ranges, Phil is stoked to be part of the AMG family.1

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Tim Benson

Tim grew up rock climbing on the famed quartzite of the ‘Gunks in New York. This passion has taken him throughout the Northeast, Colorado, Utah, Alaska, and Germany. Tim can be found guiding climbing, mountaineering and ski mountaineering courses for AMG. He is an EMT, WFR, and carries a level 1 AIARE avalanche certification.

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Will Hockett

Will has climbed on 6 continents and traveled to more than 40 countries.  He instructs IWLS mountaineering courses throughout Alaska and Argentina, in addition to a significant climbing experience around the world.  He is a collector of stories and is truly “living the dream”.  Will is also the site manager for our Skagway, AK climbing operations.

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Caleb Smith

Caleb is a passionate rock, ice, and alpine climber with numerous ascents of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Kenya, and Aconcagua and has traveled extensively throughout South America. He is also an EMT and Wilderness First Responder.  When not guiding AMG & MGI trips or traveling the world he lives in Reno, NV.

 

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Brian Muller

Brian guides and instructs AMG ski mountaineering, backpacking, and canyoneering courses throughout Alaska, the Yukon, and Utah, as well as guiding high altitude treks to the “Roof of Africa”. During the winter months, Brian works as a ski patroller for Snowbird Resort. He is also an EMT-1 and certified Avalanche Level 3 professional.

 

 

 

Jonathan Wood

Jonathan is at home whether he is leading canyoneering courses in the Southwest, teaching whitewater rafting skills in the Yukon, or backcountry skiing in Utah. He is an EMT and leads expeditions on Kilimanjaro and Aconcagua.

 

 


Rafael Martinez

Rafael leads MGI mountaineering & climbing programs in Ecuador.  He has led expeditions in Alaska, the Himalaya, and throughout South America.  He’s led hundreds of trips above 18,000’ and is an accomplished teacher and guide with over 25 years of experience.

 

 

 

george-biekerGeorge Bieker

George  brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience. He is an avid rock and ice climber and passionate about mountaineering.   He leads trips in Alaska and Utah and leads expeditions on Kilimanjaro. George is a certified Wilderness First Responder.

 

 

 

Dave MalettaDave Maletta

Dave got his start with us in Argentina pioneering a new trip in the high Andes. He now leads backpacking and mountaineering trips in Argentina, Africa, Alaska, and the Yukon. His military background, good natured humor, and infectious love for the outdoors all contribute to his ability to continually exceed our clients expectations. Dave is a certified Wilderness First Responder.

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