International Mountain Guides Climbing and Mountaineering Expeditions

Paul Baugher

International Mountain Guides Director

Achieved over 100 Mt Rainier Summits

Paul Baugher is the newest member of the IMG management team.

Paul and Eric Simonson were co-owners of Mt. Rainier Alpine Guides, LLC and operated mountaineering programs on Mt. Rainier's Emmons Glacier from 1997 through 2006. Mount Rainier Alpine Guides is now a wholly owned subsidiary of IMG.

Paul has been the ski patrol director at Crystal Mountain Resort in Washington State for the past 20 years. He is also the director of the Northwest Avalanche Institute (NAI), a group that currently teaches, trains, and consults for ski areas, guide services, and mountaineering groups.

Paul is now conducting IMG's avalanche training programs. His accomplishments in the avalanche field are well known and include being the chairman of the National Avalanche School and a former vice president of the American Avalanche Association.

During the 80's, Paul worked as a snow safety director and ski patrolman in the winter and as a mountaineering guide (RMI) and climbing ranger (NPS) in the summer. Much of that time was spent at Camp Schurman where he conducted numerous rescues. Paul currently has over 100 ascents of Mt. Rainier.

Paul has climbed extensively in North America and continues to work a few shifts each season as a part time heli-guide for North Cascade Heli-Skiing.

Paul received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Puget Sound in 1978.

Paul Baugher International Mountain Guides Director
Paul Baugher in the News
  • ABC News Video
    Dec 2012 — Paul and his avalanche-trained dog, Newman, save a buried skier
    Jan 2012 — Dangers that rescuers face when searching for lost climbers on Rainier
  • King 5 Local News
    Apr 2011 — Crystal's aerial approach to avalanche control
  • The News Tribune
    Mar 2007 — Crystal backcountry enticing, deadly
  • The Seattle Times
    Jan 2007 — Hidden dangers to skiers and snowboarders
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