The Active Guides of International Mountain Guides
Peter found his love for the outdoors in the Golden State of California where he spent his summers rock climbing in the Yosemite Valley and winters backcountry skiing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. He was brought to the northwest for college where he received his B.A. in Business Management and Leadership Theory from Whitworth University in 2009. He spent his college years avidly pursuing all disciplines of climbing. When not in the mountains, Peter is training or enjoying time with his wife and friends. He has had training in Avalanche Level II, Wilderness First Responder and is an LNT Trainer.
Peter has been guiding for International Mountain Guides for over a dozen years. Peter has climbed and guided extensively in Alaska, New Zealand, Central and South America, Africa, and Nepal. Peter resides in Missoula, Montana where he works as an Emergency Nurse. He is also the director of Sentinel Outdoor Institute, an educational company certifying students around the world in wilderness and emergency medicine, advanced life support, risk management and survival courses. Peter is a member of the Black Diamond Equipment Field Test team, is an RN, Wilderness EMT, Avalanche Level II, Leave No Trace trainer, and is a former member of the Denali Rescue Patrol Team.
Dustin has been climbing, hiking, skiing, and exploring the Cascades since moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2001. After graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas, he left the Texas heat for the beautiful Cascade mountain range. Dustin now resides in Bend, Oregon after living for over a dozen years in the Seattle region. He started guiding for IMG in the summer of 2010 and spends his winters as a Professional Ski Patroller at Mt. Bachelor in Central Oregon. Dustin has led treks in Peru and many Kilimanjaro climbs for IMG. An avid long-distance hiker, Dustin has thru-hiked both the entire Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Divide Trail. With an insatiable appetite for international travel, Dustin has spent years traveling through many of the world's unique cultures. When not mountain guiding or ski patrolling, Dustin and his partner, Caroline, spend their time mountain biking, backcountry skiing, exploring the Cascades, gardening, sampling IPAs, and traveling to remote corners of the world. Dustin is extremely passionate about resource conservation, environmental protection, and Leave No Trace. He has training in Avalanche Safety I and II and is an EMT.
Born and raised in the mountains of Montana, Forrest's love for the outdoors began at an early age. Numerous adventures around the state and easy access into Glacier National Park lead to a life in the outdoors that never slowed down. Forrest initially came to Washington as a Ski Patroller for the nearby Crystal Mountain Resort, where he continues to work/dominate the slopes to this day. Formerly a Hotshot, he spent the summers fighting wildfires across the United States/Canada before making the transition to mountain guiding and becoming a full-time member of the PNW. Forrest graduated from the University of Montana with degrees in International Business and Spanish and has training in OEC, WFR, BLS/CPR, LNT, and Avalanche Pro-1.
Max Bond hails from the "glaciated mecca" of Cleveland, Ohio, where he learned to climb on graffiti-covered cliffs and ski on 280-foot hills. After graduating high school, he moved to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where he gained experience ice climbing, trad climbing, and ski-mountaineering on the icy peaks around New England. On the side, Max earned his B.S. in Glaciology and Climate at Dartmouth College where he conducted research on the effects of climate change on avalanche activity. In previous summers, Max has guided in Alaska for the Juneau Icefield Research Program where he helped research teams collect data while completing a 2-month, 75-mile traverse of the Juneau Icefield. In the winters, Max has been a ski and snowboard instructor, ski guide, and ski patroller for the past eight years, working in Ohio, New Hampshire, and Colorado. In his personal time, he has climbed and skied peaks in Iceland, France, the Juneau Icefield, the Stikine Icefield, New England, Colorado, California, and the Pacific Northwest. Max has training in AAA Pro-1 avalanche, WFR, LNT Trainer, AASI Level 2 Snowboard Instructor, and the AMGA Alpine Skills Course.
IMG is fortunate to have The Best partners internationally. Romulo has guided our Ecuador climbs for 20 years. He resides just outside of Quito with his wife, Patricia and son, Camilo. We don't even want to count how many times he's been to the summit of each Ecuadorean summit! He's also climbed with IMG on Cerro Aconcagua, Denali and Vinson Massif. No one knows Ecuador like Romulo. Strong, knowledgeable, friendly and competent are great adjectives to describe our good friend and guide. Romulo gives our Ecuador trips a leg up on the competition.
Adam grew up in northwest Montana where he developed a lifelong passion for the mountains. He has spent much of the past fifteen years climbing, skiing, and working in the mountains and has guided trips on Rainier, Denali, and Aconcagua. He still loves exploring the Montana ranges, but has also travelled to Alaska, Peru, Nepal, and New Zealand in search of fine alpine terrain. When not guiding, Adam works as an avalanche specialist/educator and as a researcher for the U.S. Geological Survey's glaciology program. He holds an MS degree in geology, has U.S. Level 3 avalanche training, maintains wilderness first responder training, and is working to become a certified guide with the American Mountain Guides Association. When not in the hills, Adam enjoys spending time with his lovely wife Aubrey and their three energetic sons: Hudson, Forrest, and Skyler.
Juan de la Cruz
Juan de la Cruz has been guiding cultural and mountain trekking adventures in Peru since 2005. He holds degrees in Art and Tourism along with English language certification. His Quechua heritage and childhood growing up in the Andean Amazon bring real authenticity and passion to IMG treks. With more than 200 journeys along the Inca Trail, he knows all of the hidden gems of the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. Juan's presence on IMG treks take a once of a lifetime experience to the next level.
Peter was born and raised in Everett, WA and learned to love the outdoors in the surrounding Cascades through skiing, climbing and mountain biking. He has climbed and skied all the volcanoes and many other prominent peaks in the Pacific Northwest. After earning a B.S. in Athletic Training at Washington State in Pullman, he returned to the wet side of the state and began guiding during the summers and ski patrolling at Crystal Mountain during the winters (where he is now the Ski Patrol Director). He is a nationally registered EMT and has completed American Avalanche Association Level 1 and 2 training. In his spare time, Peter enjoys climbing and skiing in different places including Alaska, Europe and South America. As one of IMG's Senior Guides, Peter is so down-to-earth that you might never know he is also a highly accomplished ski mountaineer with pioneering ski descents on Mt. Rainier, Denali, and Foraker.
Angie was born and raised in New England where she learned to love the cold and snow. Although she merely tolerated outdoor excursions as a child, she eventually came around and began climbing as a teenager. Since then, she has climbed and adventured in South America, New Zealand, Europe, and (obviously) Washington state. When she's not outdoors, Angie can be found sewing, reading, or working in a plant genetics laboratory.
Jason Edwards started his guiding career in the 1970's, and has since guided and led successful ascents of many mountains around the world, including Shishapangma and four successful expeditions to the summit of Mt. Everest. His 2001 Everest expedition became one of the most successful expeditions in Everest history, when 14 of 16 climbers reached the 29,032' summit. Jason has guided multiple expeditions in many other countries, including the Mexican Volcanoes, Bolivian peaks, Peru (including Alpamayo, Huascaran, and several others), Ecuadorian peaks, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, peaks in Nepal, Mt. Elbrus in Russia, Mt. Vinson in Antarctica, and various peaks in North America. In 2002, Jason became the 65th person to climb the famed continental "Seven Summits," after his ascent of Mt. Koscuiszko, located in New South Wales, Australia. From 1981 to 2004, Jason also guided for Rainier Mountaineering, where he led several ascents of Mt. McKinley. As an IMG guide in 2006, he reached Mt. Rainier's summit for the 300th time which placed him in the company of only seven other guides who have also achieved this rare feat, and got him featured in The News Tribune's "Heroes and Legends of 2006" article. Jason is a Certified AMGA Alpine Guide and Emergency Medical Technician, and he likes to focus on participant enjoyment and safety, which can be seen throughout the trips he leads and organizes. His degrees in education and business further help International Mountain Guides strive for its goal providing the best quality adventures possible.
Jason In The News:
- Jason Edwards climbs Liberty Ridge in One Day »
- IMG Guide Jason Edwards achieves 300th summit of Mt. Rainier »
- The News Tribune: Heroes and Legends of 2006 »
Roberto has been climbing with our IMG Bolivian teams for years. He lives in La Paz and has two wonderful children. Roberto learned his craft from our longtime partner, friend, and famous Bolivia climber Carlos Escobar. Roberto also studied in France and is a UIAGM fully Certified Guide. He has amazing knowledge of the Cordillera Real mountains in Bolivia and is also a veteran of many ascents in Ecuador, Peru and Argentina.
Kim was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest where she learned to ski and play in the outdoors. She took a quick break from the Northwest to study Human Ecology at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. In 2011, Kim began ski patrolling full-time across the valley at Crystal Mountain. Soon after, she began guiding with IMG in the summer. Personal travels have taken Kim to Ecuador, India, Tibet, Nepal, Japan, and Vietnam. Kim is a Wilderness First Responder, has completed her American Avalanche Association Level 1 and 2, attended the National Avalanche School, and several Avalanche Dog seminars. When she's not climbing or skiing you can find her exploring the Cascades with her Duck Toller/Avalanche Dog extraordinaire, Darwin or fly fishing with her husband and fellow mountain guide, Mike.
Harry grew up in Oregon before moving to Washington where he spent his formative time climbing and skiing in the mountains. He obtained an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from University of Puget Sound where he also gained a second (unofficial) degree in climbing. After graduating, Harry took a summer to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada before delving into the outdoor industry. Over the years of working for IMG, he has guided several peaks in Nepal including Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam, as well as Kilimanjaro, Illimani, Aconcagua, and has alpine climbed in Alaska and Italy. When not in the mountains, Harry enjoys cooking, reading, and biking of all kinds.
Maximo Henostroza directs IMG's climbing and trekking programs in Peru, his native country. A guide for over 25 years, Maximo is a UIAGM/UIAA certified International Mountain Guide and has climbed and guided virtually every significant peak in the Cordillera Blanca above 6000 meters. In addition to climbs in Peru, Maximo has also climbed extensively in Bolivia, Argentina, the Himalayas, and was the second Peruvian climber to reach the summit of Mt. Everest.
Anna grew up avidly exploring the woods around her house in Olympia, WA. After receiving a B.A. in Environmental Studies, she worked for a decade for the National Park Service, primarily at Mount Rainier National Park. In 2015 she received an MBA in Sustainable Systems. Anna discovered her love for mountaineering when she first climbed Mount Rainier in 2007, and she started mountain guiding in 2015. After a few winters working as a ski patroller, she now teaches AIARE avalanche safety courses and ski guides in the winter. Her favorite job is to teach people traditional rock climbing, and she is an AMGA rock guide apprentice. Anna's favorite thing about guiding for IMG, besides her wonderful coworkers, is helping people discover the adventures and rewarding experiences the mountains offer.
Craig has been guiding for IMG since 1987 and has done over sixty high altitude expeditions to all corners of the world that include fourteen Himalayan expeditions, 25 to Kilimanjaro, 10 to Denali, several to Aconcagua, the Mexican volcanoes and other peaks around the world. Craig summited Everest in 1998 via the North Ridge and again in 2018 by the South Col Route. He has two ascents of Cho Oyu. Domestically Craig has climbed ice, rock and alpine routes all over the U.S. He currently he has 217 ascents of Mt. Rainier. Craig is the Program Manager for the IMG White Mountains program. Craig is an AMGA Certified Top Rope Site Manager and Single Pitch Instructor. He has a Master's Degree in Applied Behavioral Science. Additional training includes WFR, Avalanche II and high angle rock rescue. When not climbing and guiding Craig can be found shoeing horses, fly fishing and hanging out with his adopted daughter from China, Sarah Mei.
My name is Stuart Johnson, but you can call me Stu. I am a Seattle local and grew up looking at lovely Tahoma (Mt. Rainier) every day. Now it is my office! I got interested in climbing as a young dude through Boy Scouts. I began scrambling and romping around the Cascades and Olympics when I was wee, and see myself doing it for as long as I physically can. I get joy from bringing people into new environments and helping them push their comfort zone and personal limitations the mountains have so much to teach if we are willing to tune in and listen. When I am not in the mountains you can find me living in my van, writing music, sailing, diving, gardening, foraging, or basically anything else that takes place outdoors. I am a Wilderness EMT and love austere medicine. I look forward to potentially getting to know whomever is reading this on a climb see you in the mountains.
Emily started her climbing career by jubilantly summiting Glacier Peak when she was 13. She spent her teen years climbing in the North Cascades of Washington, and in Oregon and British Columbia. After college, she instructed for Outward Bound in Joshua Tree and Central Oregon, then began guiding on Mt. Rainier in 1989. Over the years she's also enjoyed guiding in the North Cascades, Alaska, Mexico, Antarctica and the Himalayas. Adventure races, whitewater competitions, and personal travels have taken her to the rivers and mountains of every continent. Beyond her alpine life, she's lived/studied/worked in the Dominican Republic, Taiwan, Thailand, France, New Zealand, Australia, Israel, Indonesia, DR Congo, Nepal, and Bhutan. Her training includes EMT-B, Leave No Trace Trainer, Level 3 Avalanche, and MD. When she's away from IMG, she works as a whitewater guide, ER doc, and professional ski patroller. In all of her spare time, she enjoys backcountry skiing, writing, sculpture, trail running, mountain biking, and the occasional refuge of silent meditation.
Emily in the News:
- Jan 2019 Jackson Hole News and Guide Everest mountaineer kicks off festival »
- Oct 2018 She Explores Life Emily Johnston: IMG Mt. Rainier Climbing Guide, Doctor & Mentor »
- Apr 2017 Point Gym and Kitchen POWerful Outdoor Women Series: Emily Johnston »
- Oct 2015 Lakeside School Alumni Taking Charge: Dr. Emily Johnston '81 »
- Apr 2015 The Wenatchee World Leavenworth mountaineer-physician was guiding on Everest when the earthquake struck »
- Feb 2015 Women's Adventure Magazine Dirtbag Doctor: Rainier's Medicine Woman »
Kassim has worked for IMG on the Kilimanjaro programs for many years and has become one of our go to Chagga guides. He passed the Kili guide training course and has some impressive climbing experience with over 300 ascents of Kilimanjaro and over 100 ascents of Mt. Meru. A member of the local Chagga people who live in the Kilimanjaro area, Kassim is 43 and is married with three kids.
International trips succeed, in part, because of the partners and relations you have abroad. Martin is a powerful part of our Aconcagua programs. A native of Mendoza, he's there when we need him. Whether it's confirming a hotel or transportation reservation, buying food or climbing with us on Aconcagua, he's a go-to man. Mountains like Aconcagua, Tupungato and Mercedario are his backyard. Since his first ascent at age 15, mountains are now his life. Whether it's winning ice climbing festival competitions, skiing, snowboarding Martin can do it all. First aid, vertical rescue and high mountain guide courses have only strengthened his resume and value to IMG. You'll likely meet and climb with Martin as part of our guide team on many IMG Aconcagua expeditions. You'll be glad you did.
Chris's early forays into the woods were on a borrowed mountain bike. The shoes didn't fit and he didn't have a helmet. Still, he was hooked, an adrenaline junkie was born, and he instantly loved the smell of pine duff and its feel beneath his feet. After completing a bachelor's in English, Chris followed the Great Divide Route south on his mountain bike, pulling a trailer, border to border. Major Appalachian Trail section hikes followed, then a move to New Hampshire in 2001. Chris has continued to travel the United States in search of lesser visited places, scaling rock walls throughout the West and South. He has established many dozens of new rock routes in New England and the South, and has worked professionally as a mountain guide, across disciplines rock, ice, snow since 2008. During this time, he's had the opportunity to share passions, activities and places, with others, over 1,100 to date. He's as comfortable on a desert tower as a glacier or a backwoods, scrappy New England crag, and if you're with him, you'll feel comfortable too. Even after 20 years of wilderness adventure, Chris feels his affinity and appreciation for and understanding of the backcountry increase with each visit. He has learned that some areas are so incredibly unique and fragile that preservation and conservation are an obligation: part of sharing the intrinsic value of these places with others is consideration of future generations. He is a founding member the nonprofit Keep the Whites Wild.
Patrick grew up sailing in the Carolinas but traded the ocean for the mountains when he began ice climbing soon after college. After cutting his teeth climbing ice and rock in New York and New England, Patrick set his sights on alpine objectives on the West Coast. Since then Patrick has climbed in the Cascades, Sierras, Andes, Himalayas, and Alps. Patrick holds current training in W-EMT, CPR/AED, AIARE Level 2, and Leave No Trace (LNT). He is also an AMGA Apprentice Alpine Guide. Patrick graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and an S.M. in Electrical Engineering. When not in the mountains, he enjoys photography, aviation, and competing in triathlons.
Born and raised in Eastern Washington, Porter first started climbing Washington's volcanoes at age 12. He raced cross country and track during high school and backpacked in the cascades in his free time. After moving to Bellingham in 2016, his affinity for the vertical grew. While attending Western Washington University and running cross country and track for the University, Porter began finding his passion for difficult alpine climbs (especially ice climbs), as well as ski mountaineering. He began guiding for IMG in 2018 and enjoys sharing the unique alpine environments with others. Porter is a Wilderness First Responder and has training in Avalanche Level 1 and Leave No Trace.
Justin grew up climbing in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. He began his guiding career on Mount Rainier in 1999 and now shares his passion for the mountains on climbs and expeditions worldwide. Justin is one of the world's most accomplished Everest guides, with nine successful Everest summits and more than 20 Himalayan expeditions. He has climbed Mount Rainier over 190 times and guided successful expeditions on Denali, Vinson, Aconcagua, Ama Dablam and Kilimanjaro. Home is the NW for Justin, and he spends his summers guiding on Mount Rainier as well as in the North Cascades. He spends part of each winter in Ouray, Colorado, guiding ice climbing for IMG where he enjoys the more technical climbing and not having to spend nights out tent-camping in the snow. Justin is an AMGA Certified Alpine Guide and serves as Chief Guide for International Mountain Guides. When not guiding, he spends his free time adventuring with his wife, riding bicycles, climbing for fun, skiing, and lying on the couch.
Justin In The News:
- Merle sets July 2008 Mt. Rainier speed ascent record »
- Climbing Magazine: Seeds make the top of Everest Merle helps school kids achieve a 2008 Guinness World Record »
- Merle part of record breaking 2008 Everest season »
A Seattle local, Drew grew up in the shadow of the cascades. Snowboarding and climbing quickly became a passion, and he took that to Spokane with him where he finished his undergraduate degree and helped build his University Outdoor Program up to what it is today. After a stint as an Emergency Room Social Worker and time spent on an Ambulance as an EMT, he has returned to the mountains where he gets to share his love and passion for these environments with climbers at every level. In the mountains or not, you can always catch him with a book, mint tea and a smile!
Andy has been climbing since high school in the early 70's, having taken part in all forms of the sport. He started guiding at Mount Rainier in 1979 and has over 150 ascents of the mountain. He has spent a fair time in the big mountains, whether guiding or challenging climbs with a couple of buddies: Denali several times, the southern alps of New Zealand, the Ecuador volcanoes, seven trips to Mount Everest, K2 and the first ascent of one of the largest walls in the world, the South Face of Mount Saint Elias. For over 20 years, Andy has been facilitating outdoor adventures in a local high school: from river trips, to winter trips in NH, to a ski trip across Yellowstone, in January. Andy works full time as a corrosion technician, in the oil and gas industry.
Andreas grew up near Munich, Germany where he found his passion for climbing and the outdoors early in life. At the age of 19 he moved to Alaska to be a professional river guide in the summer and dog mushing guide in the winter. While in Alaska, he competed in the Yukon Quest, a 1000 mile sled-dog race that takes racers from Fairbanks(AK) to Whitehorse(Canada). For over a decade he's been guiding for IMG with trips including: Rainier, the North Cascades, China(Yunnan), Ouray, Kilimanjaro, Ama Dablam and Everest. He has climbed and/or guided Denali three times, Aconcagua, Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, Monte Blanc, the Matterhorn and several other peaks in the Alps and the Alaska Range. He currently lives in the mountains near Park City (Utah) with his wife and their two young daughters, where he builds houses and ski guides in the winters for a local guide service in between trips for IMG. In his free time, he enjoys rafting and hiking with his family and rock climbing on the sunny rock faces of Zion, Moab, Red Rocks and anywhere one can climb with shorts and a T-shirt. His is an AMGA/UIAGM Certified Guide and has training in Avalanche Level III, OEC and WFR.
Chris is from Saratoga Springs, New York, a small city known for summer concerts, mineral-rich water, and a busy downtown scene. Having grown up hiking, skiing, and doing a wide range of other outdoor activities, Chris was introduced to alpine climbing through NOLS, first in Wyoming and later in Northern India. He graduated from the University at Albany with undergraduate degrees in journalism and computer science. During spare time he enjoys soccer, tennis, improving musical skills, and ping pong. Chris has had training in Wilderness First Responder, is an AMGA Apprentice Guide (via Alpine Skills Course), is an American Avalanche Institute Pro 1 graduate, and rain or shine, considers it a big privilege to share and enjoy time in the mountains.
Lara grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and didn't learn to truly love the outdoors until her late teens. She is actively trying to make up for all that lost time. After an extended road trip across the country that landed her in Oregon, she started to explore the rocks and volcanoes of the Northwest. Lara received a Masters of Architecture from the University of Oregon and currently works as a designer at NBBJ Architects, based in their Seattle office. She has been able to strike a balance between her two careers as a guide and an architect by spending most of the year in the city and the summers on Mt. Rainier and in the North Cascades. She is passionate about teaching people how to interact with nature and the built environment in the most sustainable way. Her favorite days outside are long days on high alpine rock. She currently holds Wilderness First Responder, CPR and Leave No Trace training. While she currently never has to travel far for iconic mountains and rocks, she plans to tap into her cultural roots and start exploring the mountains of Montenegro and other areas in Southeastern Europe during the next couple years.
Dan hails from the east coast. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he grew up enjoying the outdoors and discovered rock climbing while on a trip to Seneca Rocks, WV. Ice climbing and alpinism followed soon after, and after working in the Outdoor Education field for a few years, he began working for IMG's East Coast division in 2016. He now migrates westward to work and play in the Cascades in the summer months, returning to New Hampshire for the winter Season. Dan cut his teeth trad climbing, and continues to enjoy rock climbing when it's too warm to go ice climbing. He has a BA in Adventure Education, keeps his WFR current, and is an AMGA Certified Single Pitch instructor, as well as an AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide. He is currently pursuing certification in both the Rock and Alpine Disciplines. Time off activities include drinking gratuitous amounts of coffee and enjoying time with his wife.
Keith was born in Yakima, WA, but spent most of his childhood moving around the country. After serving four years in the Navy, he developed a passion for the outdoors while kayaking on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Keith graduated with a BA in English Writing and Rhetoric and began travelling abroad to teach ESL. After a stint of vagabonding, he returned to the US and moved to Colorado to learn to ski. In the Rockies, he worked seasonally and completed a semester with NOLS, where he studied wilderness medicine, mountain travel, rock climbing, canyoneering, and backcountry skiing. Keith then moved to Bellingham, WA to gain access to the North Cascades and eventually pursue post bacc coursework in Outdoor Recreation. He has since spent time as a ski patroller, mountain guide, and Washingtonian. He began guiding for IMG in 2017 and is an IMG leader on Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, Mt. Shuksan and Denali. When not working, Keith can be found climbing, skiing, trail running, eating noodles, and searching for new music. He holds training as an LNT Master Educator, Wilderness First Responder, and AIARE Level 2.
Justin found his love for the outdoors in the modest Appalachian foothills of North Georgia, but got his first taste of high-altitude mountain air on a trip to Pico de Orizaba in Mexico. He has not looked back since, constantly chasing inspiring alpine sunrises whenever he can. Some of Justin's favorite alpine climbing objectives in North America include classic climbing routes like The West Ridge of Forbidden Peak or the North Ridge of Mount Baker. Internationally, Justin has also led successful expeditions to Ecuador, summiting Cayambe and Cotopaxi twice and Chimborazo once. Justin currently lives and works in Ashford, WA where he is happy to have Mount Rainier in his backyard. A lifelong learner himself, Justin loves to teach others and to help them to realize their dreams. Justin has training in Wilderness First Responder, Avalanche Level 1 and Leave No Trace.
Sasha was born in 1985 in St. Petersburg but spent all her childhood in the Polar Urals. Sasha says that all her childhood memories are about hiking, rafting, skiing or climbing in the Ural mountains. She attended St. Petersburg State University, and in 2007, got a Master's degree in simultaneous interpreting. Obviously, Sasha speaks excellent English. After becoming a member of one of St. Petersburg's numerous mountaineering clubs, she started guiding on Elbrus at the age of 19 and now has close to 50 ascents of the peak. After several years of being torn between an office job as an interpreter and guiding, she finally made a choice and now guides almost full time on Elbrus and Kilimanjaro. She enjoys technical climbing, including rock, ice and dry-tooling. That's in addition to skate skiing, skating surfing and running. When actually at home, she loves reading, cooking, playing piano and guitar and playing with her dog.
Jesus Paco Sanjines
Jesus Paco Sanjines is a major reason our climbers are so successful in Bolivia. He has been guiding since 1987 and has climbed many of the mountains IMG visits over 200 times. Jesus has trained in Germany and France as well as being up to date with all medical training. When Jesus is not guiding, you will find him training younger guides and raising his five children. Jesus is quite possibly the most patient guide we have on staff in Bolivia if not the world!
Jonathan is a native Northwesterner who grew up on the central Oregon coast. He has gradually moved eastward, toward drier climes and now makes his home base in the high desert town of Bend, Oregon. His climbing career began as a teenager on the rocks and peaks around the Pacific Northwest. He graduated in 2002 from Linfield College with a business degree, and after a short side trip through a career in corporate finance, found his way back to the mountains as a rock climbing guide and finally as a mountaineering guide for IMG. He has guided on Aconcagua, Elbrus, Carstensz, Vinson and Everest, and his favorite personal climbs have been in the Bugaboos of B.C. Canada and Argentine Patagonia. Jonathan maintains WFR and Avalanche Level II training. He also earned his pilot's license as a teenager and continues to work on higher certifications. His spare time is usually split between reading, road-riding, and trail-running around the northwest back-country.
Leanne was raised in central Washington and moved west to study biochemistry at Western Washington University in Bellingham. She earned a master's degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a teaching credential from California State University, Long Beach. In California, Leanne taught chemistry for several years and fell in love with the Sierras, spending any free time learning to climb and jumping from hot spring to hot spring. In her free time, Leanne enjoys bicycle touring, rock climbing, skiing, and discovering new recipes. In the winter, Leanne lives in Parkdale, OR working as a professional ski patroller at Mt. Hood Meadows. She is trained in Wilderness Medicine (WFR), CPR, AIARE Level 2, and Leave No Trace.
Ang Jangbu Sherpa
Jangbu is a partner and director of the premier trekking and climbing agency we use in Nepal. Jangbu grew up in the village of Phortse where he attended the Hillary school until the age of 18. In 1981 he moved to Pokhara and lived there for seven years and trained under the legendary Colonel Jimmy Roberts, the founder of Nepal's first trekking company and the trekking industry in the Nepal Himalaya. He then moved to Kathmandu and started a trekking and climbing agency with two other partners in the spring of 1993. Jangbu is married and has two children. He has been on dozens of expeditions, including summiting Everest on the 1990 American Everest Expedition. Ang Jangbu has worked with Eric Simonson on every IMG Himalayan program since 1991 and is a very popular leader. He and his staff put together one of the very best Sherpa teams for IMG. Additionally, Jangbu has climbed Europe's Mt. Blanc and most of the 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado, and has served as assistant instructor for Colorado Outward Bound. Jangbu has also been a leader for the IMG Kilimanjaro program.
Ang Pasang Sherpa (Sirdar)
53 years old, from Pangboche, 4 kids
Experience: Everest X 31 (4), Makalu X 1, Dhaulagiri (1), Cho Oyu X 14 (7), Ama Dablam X 8 (4), Nuptse X 1.
Ang Pasang has been working for IMG as a climbing sirdar since 1997.
Karma Rita Sherpa
44 years old, from Phortse, 2 kids
Experience: Everest X 16 (10), Cho Oyu X 9 (11), Makalu X 1, Manaslu X 1, Island Peak (4), Lobuche Peak (5), Mera (2), Ama Dablam X 1, and Putha Hiunchuli (2). Attended the Khumbu Climbing Center (with first aid training).
39 years old, from Phortse, 2 daughters
Experience: Everest (12 summits), Cho Oyu (19 summits which makes him the current record holder), Lhotse(1), Nirika (1), Lobuche East (7), Island Peak (6), Mera Peak (2) Ama Dablam (13 summits), Pisang Peak (1), Kilimanjaro (14 summits). He has been one of the lead instructor for the Khumbu Climbing Center for the last nine years. Here in the USA, Phunuru is a NOLS graduate and has climbed Denali (4 summits) and Rainier, as well as worked in Yosemite as a volunteer for the US National Park Service. In December 2013, he completed two weeks of helicopter long-line rescue training by the Alpine Rescue Foundation of Zermatt, Switzerland and Simrik Air Helicopter.
Audrey was born and raised in Tacoma, WA. Growing up in the Cascades, she spent her childhood hiking, climbing, and skiing where she ultimately found her passion for being outside. At the age of 14, Audrey made her first ascent of Mount Rainier via the DC and continued to climb it every summer via different routes until becoming old enough to guide. In 2019, Audrey reached the summit of Denali with six other IMG guides on a personal trip. When not guiding, she can be found in sunny San Luis Obispo, CA where she currently attends Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She is working towards a BS in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Molecular Biology and Cellular Function as well as pursuing a statistics minor. In California, Audrey enjoys trail running, rock climbing, and reading on the beach. She has training in AIARE Level 1 and WFR.
Nicole grew up in Georgia and first discovered her passion for the mountains through rock climbing, competing in the JCCA Junior Nationals two years in a row. She continued to climb and hike before taking a break from mountain pursuits to earn her MS in Mathematics and become a credentialed actuary. Throughout the next 10 years, her actuarial career and the mountains competed fiercely for her attention. Over time, she honed her skills in ski touring, mountaineering, and ski mountaineering, seeking higher peaks and gnarlier lines until the mountains won, and she knew what she had to do: make the leap and begin her second career in professional risk management, this time as a guide. Among Nicole's ascents are Denali, Rainier, Shasta, Adams, Baker, Hood, Lassen, Shuksan, St. Helens, and Mt. Whitney. She has completed the Eklutna Traverse and Haute Route ski tours. She is trained in AIARE 1 & 2, WFR, CPR, LNT, and the AMGA Alpine Skills Course. When away from IMG, Nicole lives in Brighton Utah, spending winters skiing the "Greatest Snow on Earth" from her doorstep.
Rowan is a lifelong native of the Pacific Northwest, born on Vashon Island, and has been guiding with IMG since 2018. He was fortunate to grow up backpacking, skiing, and sailing with his family. After graduating high school, Rowan spent 28 days traversing the Waddington Range in British Columbia with the National Outdoor Leadership School a trip which cemented his passion for remote places. Before joining IMG he spent summers working as a sailboat captain in Seattle, and winters dedicated to chasing snow in the Washington backcountry. When not in the mountains, he can be found on a mountain bike, sailboat, or surfboard. Rowan has training in WFR, AIARE level 2 and is an LNT trainer.
Peter Stone was raised across the Intermountain West in Colorado, Wyoming, and Idaho. Peter has worked as a professional outdoor instructor and guide since 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Fort Lewis college in Durango, CO. Peter has traveled across the continental US, Canada, and Alaska with an emphasis on Ski Mountaineering, Ice climbing, and Rock climbing. He has also made trips to Latin America, including multiple mountaineering expeditions to Patagonia and Mexico. Peter has trainings and certifications including: AMGA Ski Guide Course, AMGA Alpine Skills Course, AIARE Avalanche Level II, Wilderness First Responder, WMI and is a Leave No Trace Master Educator. Peter Lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where he works as a ski guide through the winter season.
Jason has worked as a professional mountain guide since 1996. Mountain guiding has taken him to many peaks in the western US and around the world, including the top of Mt. Rainier over 130 times, Mt. Vinson in Antarctica, Kilimanjaro, and six Alaskan expeditions. Jason is a veteran of expeditions to Cho Oyu and Everest (to the summit in 2004). He was one of the recipients of the American Alpine Club's prestigious Sowles Award in 2001 for his role in what became the world's highest mountaineering rescue at 28,750 ft. on Everest's North Ridge in 2001. Jason holds a masters degree in teaching and worked as a high school biology teacher before returning to school at University of Washington where he earned his dental degree in 2010. When he is not guiding you will find him working as a dentist at Mint Dental Studio in Bozeman, MT or spending time with his wife and two daughters enjoying the mountains of Montana.
Greg travels the world as a Senior Lead Guide for IMG. He enjoys leading programs on Mt. Rainier, including the Winter and Denali Expedition programs in early season. When not guiding on Rainier, Greg has been active in the Himalayas (with successful ascents of Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Everest, and a first ascent in Tibet) and has led many expeditions to Denali, Vinson, Aconcagua, Ecuador, Bolivia, Mexico, and other climbs in the United States. Greg takes enormous pride in his role as the Expedition Leader on Mount Everest and enjoys working with IMG guides and climbers throughout the world. He often gets asked which is his favorite climb. The answer: "All of them, it just depends on what you are looking for!" Before embarking on his current career, Vernovage played and coached collegiate volleyball and has had the opportunity to be involved in two Olympic Games, winning a Gold Medal in the 2000 Sydney Games. Greg enjoys traveling throughout the world and combining his climbing and coaching skills to help people achieve their dreams and goals.
Greg In The News:
- Jan 2012 Greg featured in Truck Camper Magazine »
- Feb 2011 Greg's video of a little volleyball... Antarctic style »
Leandro was born in 1985 and he was 14 when he climbed his first mountain. A few years later, he began to study in the Mountain Guides School of Mendoza. Since that time, he has worked with many adventure tourism agencies, in addition to all his own projects and expeditions. He began working in Aconcagua Provincial Park in 2007, first as a 'carrier' and currently now as a Certified Guide. He climbs in the Northern and Southern Andes near Mendoza, in Bariloche and also in Bolivia. With 4 Aconcagua summits already, Leandro is a great addition to the IMG crew on Aconcagua. Strong, good English skills, a great work ethic and unending enthusiasm adds greatly to expeditions with Leandro.
Brenda Walsh Hollon
Brenda has an uncanny ability to walk up and down stairs endlessly. That, combined with a passion for helping others and a love of the outdoors, led to a career in mountain guiding. Her trudging abilities have led her to over one hundred summits of Mt. Rainier and to the top of, among others, Mt. Blanc, Cotopaxi, McKinley, and Mt. Everest. She's also skilled at sitting behind a desk for long periods of time, especially when it helps to get others out from behind theirs. She's organized fundraising climbs for the Chris Hooyman Outdoor Education Fund a memorial fund for a fallen climbing guide that provides financial assistance to disadvantaged youth to partake in outdoor experiential programs. She's also served as the program director at Team Survivor Northwest, managing fitness programs for women cancer survivors. Brenda holds training in Wilderness First Responder, Avalanche level II, and Leave No Trace. She has a B.A. in Geography from the University of Washington and an MBA in Sustainable Business from Pinchot University. Brenda is married to a wonderful nine-to-fiver and is a mom to two delightful girls. She splits her time working and playing in the city and the mountains. Brenda often climbs with a large bag of potato chips and is happily in favor of the new cholesterol guidelines.
Willie Webster has been guiding with IMG since 2017 and has summited Denali and Foraker in Alaska and many peaks in the Cascades. Born and raised in Washington, Willie studied evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado. Residing now in Winthrop WA, he spends his free time climbing, backcountry skiing, scuba diving, and mountain biking. During the winter seasons Willie ski patrols at Stevens Pass and teaches avalanche safety courses. Willie is a Leave No Trace instructor, Emergency Medical Technician, Wilderness First Responder, and AIARE instructor.
Shannon sparked her love for the outdoors backpacking on the east coast in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Eventually she grew in experience grabbing at mentors willing to take her out to learn winter camping, ice-climbing, and backcountry skiing. Shannon was introduced to glacier travel through NOLS and since then has climbed in New Zealand, Peru, Chile and the Cascades. She has training in Wilderness First Responder and LNT. Always learning, Shannon is in school studying for an M.S. in Computer Science from MIT. When not in the mountains, you can find her coding up a new startup idea or competing in lacrosse.
I've been involved with some type of guiding for the most part since 2007 when I first matriculated to Alaska to learn the ways of climbing. Much has happened since that first visit to the Great North country. I've been blessed to see the world from the tops of Africa, North America, and South America... they all look good and are well worth the journey. I try to always be in pursuit of something and with guiding that is twofold: the facilitation of amazing experience and further certification and training. In addition to guiding, I'm due to finish Yoga Teacher Training school, and when I graduate from the Lexington Healing Arts Academy in Lexington, Kentucky, I'll be a Registered Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance. Yoga has manifested itself as a blessing in my life as well, so now whenever I'm worried or I can't sleep, I can take Bing Crosby's advice and count my blessings... they're numerous. My favorite thing is being alive in the world today... and most things Kentucky including and especially the Kentucky Wildcats. I'd like to thank any and all who have had a hand in getting me to where I am today... you know who you are! I'd also like to give special thanks to my family at International Mountain Guides. You burst into my awareness like a boon of spring, and for that I am very grateful. Aho mitakuye oyasin.
IMG Himalayan Sherpa Team
IMG Climbing Sherpas going above basecamp have more than:
350 Everest Expeditions
125 Everest Summits
200 8000m Summits
450 8000m Expeditions
Experience is listed by number of expeditions, so "Everest X 17" is 17 Everest expeditions, and by number of summits in parentheses, ie. "(4)"
Pasang Tshering Sherpa
Pasang Tshering Sherpa is from Khunde, and is Ang Jangbu's business partner, keeping things running smoothly in Kathmandu while our groups are in the field. Pasang has worked for many years in the trekking business in Nepal. He lives in Kathmandu with his wife Dayanji Sherpa and their three kids.
65 years old, from Rangadip, Okhaldunga and now lives in Kathmandu, 2 kids.
Experience: Everest X 5 including as leader of 1991 first Sherpa-only expedition, Annapurna IV, Annapurna South, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Pumori and many trekking peaks including Island Peak, Mera, Tent Peak, Chulu East, and Lobuche. He has led many treks in western Nepal (he was the sirdar for Dr. Rodney Jackson's Snow Leopard collaring project) as well as India and Tibet. Lobsang has done the HMTTC trekking guide training and the Manang mountaineering course and has also worked as an assistant instructor for Outward Bound in Colorado on 6 courses.
Mingma Tenzing Sherpa
33 years old, from Phortse, 2 kids
Experience: Everest X 10 (9), Cho Oyu X 7 (7), Lobuche Peak (6). Island Peak (5). Mingma found his love for the mountains in Nepal, where he grew up in Phortse. He started climbing in 2004 at the age of 18 and has guided for IMG since. He has an impressive 9 summits of Mount Everest. While he has an extensive climbing resume in Nepal, he also guides and instructs in North America. He has served as a rescue climbing ranger on Denali and in the Grand Tetons and guided summit climbs for IMG on Mount Rainier. Notably he has performed many rescues at high altitude around the world. When not doing lead route fixing and guiding to great summits, Mingma enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. He is also a highly skilled cook and stone mason.
Ang Karma Sherpa
45 years old, from Phortse, 1 daughter
Experience: Everest X 9 (5), Cho Oyu (2), Ama Dablam (1), Pokalde (1), Ramdung (1), Island Peak (23), Baruntse (1), Mera (2), Pharchamo (2).
54 years old. Born and grew up in Phortse. 3 kids.
Experience: Everest X 20 (10) Cho Oyu X 9 (6) Manaslu X 3 (1 north summit) Makalu expeditions (1 from Nepal, 1 from China-Tibet) no summit. 1 Pumori (1), Putha Hiunchuli (1). Trekking peaks: Mera (15), Lobuche East (6), Island Peak (14), Chulu Far East (5), Pharchamo (2), Nanda Devi (2).
45 years old. Born and grew up in Phorste. 2 kids.
Experience: Everest X 13 (6) Manaslu (2) Cho Oyu (1), Ama Dablam (1), Lobuche East (6) Island Peak (10).
25 years old, from Phortse
Experience: Everest X 3 (2), Cho Oyu (2), Putha Hiunchuli (1), Lobuche Peak (4), Island Peak (2), Many treks in Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, Mustang, etc. Basic and Advanced Climbing Course (Khumbu Climbing Center), First Aid training, NMA mountaineering training in Manang.
Fura Gyalzen Sherpa
22 years old, from Phortse
Experience: Everest X 4 (2), Cho Oyu (1), Ama Dablam (1), Lobuche Peak (7), Island Peak (4), Mera Peak (3), Nirekha Peak (2), Basic and Advanced Climbing Course (Khumbu Climbing Center), First Aid training, Long-line rescue training.
Kaji Sherpa (Head Cook)
53 years old, from Kirung Solu, 2 kids
Experience: Trekking and expedition head cook for IMG since spring of 2002. Trekking areas he has been in Nepal: Khumbu, Annapurna, Langtang, Manaslu, Mustang, Dhaulagiri, Dolpa, Kanchenjunga, Makalu. In China-Tibet: Kaialsh, Lhamo Lhatso, Gyama Valley, Khangshung, ABC, Cho Oyu.
Jor Bahadur Rai (Expedition and Trekking Cook)
52 years old, from Deusa 3 Solu, 2 children
Experience: Expedition and Trekking cook for 18 years. Treks he has worked in Nepal include Dolpo, Daulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu, Langtang, Khumbu, Makalu and Kanchenjunga area. In India: Arunachal, Himanchal, Spiti. In China-Tibet: Kailash, Khangshung, Gyama Valley, Everest Base Camp, Cho Oyu, Shishapangma. He has also worked in Afghanistan for 27 months cooking for the Canadian forces.
IMG Office Staff
As IMG's General Manager, Tammy is responsible for overseeing the numerous organizational details of our staff and office including, but by no means limited to; accounting, reporting, staffing and customer service. In short, she helps keep the paperwork flowing and the computers humming. She lives in Ashford with her two kids and enjoys hiking and exploring the Mt. Rainier area.
Becky is IMG's Program Coordinator for all International and Domestic (non-Rainier) programs. She works closely with our Program Directors and clients to ensure a smooth registration process from start to finish for IMG climbs and treks around the globe. Being all about the numbers and the details has earned her the title of The Spreadsheet Queen in other words, Excel makes her happy. She lives here in Ashford with her family and assorted critters.
Anya designs, builds, and maintains the occasional website, such as IMG's mountainguides.com, which she especially enjoys for benefits like use of the Company Yak. She is proud to have worked with IMG since 1997. Aside from her duties as a Web Ranger, she enjoys raising chickens, goats, and beef cattle, as well as traveling to Nepal with a NASA-like assortment of satellite gear to help sponsored climbers stay in touch with their good friends at CNN. She is rarely seen without her German Shepherd, hikes throughout the Pacific Northwest every chance she gets, has climbed Rainier, Elbrus, and Denali, and has trekked Nepal several times.