Alpine Ascents International

Employment with Alpine Ascents International

Our guiding team is comprised of world-renowned guides and full-time professional climbers. While some of these guides have historical climbing achievements synonymous with their names, others are well known for their guiding and teaching experience. A number of our guides have been recipients of coveted climbing awards and scholarships.

Our guides are an integral part of Alpine Ascents because they understand and share our climbing principles. These individuals are dedicated to sharing their excellence with others. Many of our guides have been with Alpine Ascents for over five years, with a handful of veterans working with us for most of their careers. The quality of our Guide Staff is the primary difference between us and our competitors.

The role of an Alpine Ascents guide is to impart knowledge, use calculated judgment and assist individual climber development. Our guides are experienced educators who evaluate their strengths by monitoring climbers' achievements. Thus we stress our acute ability to provide students and expedition members with personal attention, realizing the commitment to assist each climber in obtaining their goals.

We will be accepting resumes for the 2015 season beginning in December 2014.

Mountain Guides:
We actively recruit mountain guides who are dedicated to pursuing excellence in guiding and teaching on the world’s most beautiful and challenging mountains. Alpine Ascents International has been a world leader in guiding great mountains around the globe for over 20 years. We guide on seven continents and operate climbing and mountaineering school programs on Mt. Rainier, in the North Cascades, and in Denali National Park. Alpine Ascents has offices in Seattle, Washington and Talkeetna, Alaska.

Mountain guiding is a highly demanding profession which requires great physical and emotional stamina, patience, solid technical skills, strong decision-making abilities, and a passion for imparting knowledge to others. In turn, guides are rewarded with a life in the outdoors, professional growth and development opportunities, and very competitive wages. Successful applicants will possess the following skills and certifications:

  •  Strong understanding and mastery of alpine climbing skills on glaciated and non-glaciated terrain
  •  Ability to assess the needs each individual as well as the group for safety and success
  •  Familiarity with teaching techniques appropriate for adult learners with various climbing abilities
  •  Competent performing and teaching crevasse rescue
  •  Experience climbing (and preferably guiding) in the areas where Alpine Ascents offers programs
  •  Competent performing and teaching self-arrest on varied terrain
  •  Minimum of three years alpine climbing and preferably guiding experience
  •  Ability to communicate and be congenial to co-workers, clients, and the general public
  •  Teach in a kind and friendly manner under stressful conditions
  •  Demonstrate appropriate decision-making and critical thinking skills under pressure
  •  Maintain current WFR certification (or greater)
  •  Maintain current adult CPR certification
  •  Completed at least an Avalanche 1 course through an approved program
  •  Hold a valid U.S. driver's license

Most guides begin on our domestic programs in Washington guiding on Mt. Rainier and in the North Cascades. Those who successfully complete 1-2 seasons in Washington are often asked to guide on expeditions such as Denali, Aconcagua, or the Mexico Volcanoes. A select few guides will be offered the opportunity to join us as guides in the Himalayas, on Kilimanjaro, and in Antarctica.

Qualified applicants will be invited to attend a week-long try-out in the spring of 2015. This tryout is designed to test the skills and experience of applicants, and to familiarize guides with the teaching methods and philosophy of Alpine Ascents. Those who demonstrate the above listed skills and qualifications during the tryout will be scheduled for the summer season and are expected to be available from May-September. Housing is provided for guides between trips.

To Apply
Please submit the following to Melanie Hodgman at
  •  A climbing and guiding resume categorized as follows:
        •  Date climbed
        •  Route, mountain range or area
        •  Grade/difficulty
        •  Glaciated or non-glaciated
        •  Summit success
        •  Personal vs. guided climb
  •  Employment Resume including three references (non-family members)
  •  Copies of current medical training certifications. Please indicate your intention in obtaining or recertifying if not current.
  •  Copy of Avalanche 1 course completion
  •  Copies of other professional certifications such as higher medical training, avalanche training, and AMGA certifications

All application materials are held in confidence. Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Alpine Ascents is an equal opportunity employer actively encouraging applicants of age, race, religion, color, handicap, sex, physical condition, developmental disability, sexual orientation or national origin. 

It is the policy of Alpine Ascents International not to discriminate against any employee or any applicant for employment because of age, race, religion, color, handicap, sex, physical condition, developmental disability, sexual orientation or national origin.  This policy shall include, but not be limited to, the following:  recruitment and employment, promotion, demotion, transfer, compensation, selection for training including apprenticeship, layoff and termination.  Except with respect to sexual orientation, this company further agrees to take affirmative action to ensure equal employment opportunities.