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AAG guides retain several of the following certifications, are active members in professional organizations, and maintain active training schedules.
Guiding Principals: Aspen Alpine Guides
- We at Aspen Alpine Guides strive to provide a model for an individual-focused guide service that continues to maintain safety, leadership and passion for the outdoors.
- Our commitment to providing outstanding guides ensures that our guides are able to work towards their goals and create memorable experiences.
- We are committed to being a resource to the community by sharing our passion for teaching and education.
- We foster a mutual respect and appreciation for environmental stewardship and healthy lifestyles.
- We continue to commit to our guests’ goals by guiding with integrity, authenticity and passion. Above all, we value the relationships we have built with our guests and each other.
Note: The above document was created in the Spring of 2013 in a collaborative process by the guides from Aspen Alpine Guides.
- Wilderness First Responder: WFR
- Emergency Medical Tech: EMT
- Wilderness Emergency Medical Tech: WEMT
- Outdoor Emergency Care: OEC
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: CPR
Certifications and Memberships
- American Avalanche Association: AAA
- American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education: AIARE
- American Mountain Guide Association: AMGA
- International Federation of Mountain Guides Association: IFMGA
- Mountain Rescue Aspen: MRA
- National Outdoor Leadership School: NOLS
- Professional Ski Instructors of America: PSIA
Meet the Guides
Stephen began guiding with Aspen Alpine Guides in 2008 after moving from Switzerland where he spent the previous seven years training and working. In summer, Stephen guides the regional 14,000 ft peaks, day hikes, rock climbs, as well as altitude training. In the winter, he is a backcountry ski guide, snowshoe guide and ski instructor for Aspen Ski Company on and off piste.
Stephen is a Member with Mountain Rescue Aspen (MRA) and an Individual Member and Single Pitch Instructor with the American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) and an Alpine Level I Instructor with the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA). He holds certifications as an Emergency Med Tech (EMT), a Wilderness Emergency Med Tech (WEMT) and a Wilderness First Responder (WFR). He is a Course Instructor at CMC in Wilderness Medicine and has completed the AIARE Level II course and is a Level I Instructor with the American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE).
Tim has been wandering and guiding in the mountains of Aspen for almost 25 years. Originally from New England, he made his way west in search of a little more "elbow room" and never left. Preferring to stay in the backcountry Tim guides many of Aspen Alpine Guides' wilderness hiking, backpacking, and hut to hut trips. He also is a ski instructor at Aspen Highlands, a senior field instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School, and the outdoor program coordinator for Aspen Youth Experience, a non-profit organization working with at-risk youth from around the country. When not guiding or teaching Tim can usually be found fishing the streams near his cabin in the West Elk Mountains.
Tony moved to Aspen in 1988. He began teaching skiing immediately and his love of playing and teaching in the mountains has grown ever since. Tony has been keeping it safe in the Elk Mountains for over 25 years and loves to share this amazing place with new people.
Josh is an east coast transplant coming from the Gunks of New York. He has been guiding and teaching outdoor education since 1996, and has sucessfully completed the AMGA advanced rock guides course. He also holds a BA in Outdoor Leadership from Prescott College. Josh has complete several successful climbing expeditions in areas such as Cirque of Unclimbables, Yukon, and first free ascents in Patagonia, Argentina, and Mexico, Alaska. He has established over 150 first ascents of rock climbs to his credit in the desert southwest. He is currently working as a climbing ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Nick has lived in the Aspen valley since 2007. Coming from a construction and engineering background, he became a full-time guide in 2011. His favorite pass-time in the valley is climbing multipitch routes on Independence Pass. This summer he climbed Mont Blanc among other beautiful alpine climbs in the French Alps. In the winter Nick works as a ski and snowboard instructor, primarily with people with disabilities, and as an ice climbing instructor.
Chad works as a year round mountain guide with Aspen Alpine Guides, specializing in avalanche education and backcountry skiing. In the winter he can be found guiding backountry skiing, heli skiing, cat skiing and teaching avalanche safety courses throughout Colorado or Alaska. He also works as a Forecaster and Snow Safety Tech for Chicago Ridge Ski Tours and is an Avalanche Rescue Tech with Flight for Life. Outside of Colorado, Chad works as a heli ski guide for Mejestic Heli Ski in Alaska. Having completed the Aspirant Exam, Chad is pursing AMGA Ski Mountaineering Certification. He is an AIARE Level 1 and 2 avalanche safety instructor.
Ron has now been guiding in the Aspen area for over 20 years with over 150 ascents of the Bells and Pyramid Peaks. He is a current full member of Mountain Rescue Association, a Single Pitch Instructor for the American Guides Association, a professional member of the American Avalanche Association and a Level I Instructor with the American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education. He has also been teaching avalanche courses for 20 years. When not guiding for AAG, Ron works as an instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School.
Jordan grew up playing in the mountains right here in Colorado. He got his first start climbing mountains at age five when he summited his first fourtneener. Since then he has put his time in learning the tricks and trades of the outdoor world. In summer, Jordan spends his as much time as possible in the high alpine with either his rock shoes or hiking boots on. In winter, it is hard to find a day when his feet aren't crammed into ski boots for some adventure or another. In 2009 Jordan became the youngest and the 5th person to ski from the summit of all 54 of Colorado's 14,000 foot peaks. Jordan also guides for Ski Arpa, catskiing down in Chile and is a member of Mountain Rescue Aspen.
John was born and raised in Cooperstown, NY - the home of baseball, The Last of the Mohicans, and the Susquehanna River, where he enjoyed living a Tom Sawyer-like childhood. But when John discovered the granite spires of Wyoming's Tetons, Washington's glaciated Cascade peaks, Utah's red rock Desert Towers, and Colorado's high ridge-lined Rockies he moved his family West. He came to Colorado specifically to pursue a career in guiding and teaching rock climbing and mountaineering. John also guides snowshoe hikes and volunteers for Mountain Rescue Aspen.
Seasonal GuidesJohann Aberger
Curt Hepler- AMGA SPI
Brian Marsh- AMGA SPI
Angus Morrison- AMGA SPI
Pete van Deventer
Katie van Deventer
Special ResourcesMark Falender- IFMGA/UIAGM Rock Climbing, Alpine, Ski Mountaineering Guide
Grisha Kravtchenko- IFMGA/UIAGM Rock Climbing, Alpine, Ski Mountaineering Guide
Jeff Paffendorf- Physician Advisor
Jean Pavillard- IFMGA/UIAGM Rock Climbing, Alpine, Ski Mountaineering Guide
Joey Thompson- AMGA Rock Climbing, Alpine Guide
Eric Whelwell- IFMGA/UIAGM Rock Climbing, Alpine, Ski Mountaineering Guide
Avalanche EducationPete Van Deventer- AIARE Level I Course Instructor
Mark Falender- AIARE Level I & II Course Leader, AAA Certified Instructor
Deb Kelly- AIARE Level I Course Leader
Nick Laws- AIARE Level I Course Instructor
Brian McCall- AIARE Level I & II Course Leader
Scott Messina- AIARE Level I Course Leader
Chad Mickschl- AIARE Level I & II Course Leader
Jean Pavillard- AIARE Board President
Ron Rash- AIARE Level I Instructor
Steve Szoradi- AIARE Level I Instructor
Joey Thompson- Level I Course Leader