Dave is originally from Alberta, Canada, but has traded in his Canadian passport for his American one, lured by clean Sierra granite and perfect California weather. He graduated from Mount Royal University in 2007 with an undergrad in Ecotourism & Outdoor Leadership and has been working ever since as a ski patroller and avalanche forecaster in Canada during the winters. Dave has been climbing since 2003 and has climbed in Squamish, the Canadian Rockies, the Tetons, Red Rock, Indian Creek and Peru, to name a few. His first time climbing in California was in 2103 in Yosemite Valley and was instantly in love. He is excited to be back with the SMC team for his fifth season, and to climb and guide in the Range of Light. Dave holds a Wilderness First Responder certification, and a Canadian Avalanche Association Level 2. He began the AMGA program in 2014 and is a Certified Rock Guide, Certified Ski Guide, and Assistant Alpine Guide.
Mike is another east coast transplant to California who hasn’t looked back after falling in love with the mountains and deserts of the West. He is a graduate of Oregon State University where he studied outdoor leadership and experiential education. Mike’s professional background in outdoor education brought him to the High Sierra to lead expeditions for Outward Bound in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. Mike has worked for Sierra Mountain Center since 2012 guiding trips in the Mt. Whitney Region, along the John Muir Trail and off-trail throughout the range. During the winter you can find Mike caring for injured skiers and performing avalanche control as a professional ski patroller at Mammoth Mountain. Mike is a professional member of the American Avalanche Association and has completed professional level training through the AAA and AIARE. He enjoys climbing peaks and long walks with good company in the high country of the Sierra, and getting out for big backcountry ski lines on sunny spring days.
“Louie grew up in the remarkably charming, yet flat city of Cincinnati, Ohio and spent his youth dreaming of bigger terrain. He found his passion for the outdoors through hunting and fishing, and by exploring the Appalachian Mountains during family vacations and scouting trips. Louie studied Outdoor Education and Recreation Management at Ohio University, where he quickly fell in love with climbing and backpacking and worked as a trip leader and climbing program manager for the University Outdoor Pursuits organization. He holds a Wilderness First Responder and AMGA Single Pitch Instructor certification, and is a trained Assitant Rock Guide and Apprentice Alpine Guide through the AMGA, working in rock, alpine, and ice disciplines. He will be beginning a masters degree program at Ohio University in Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies this Fall. He has an affinity for any and all baked goods, and swears by the Kia Sorento as the unsung hero of the car-camping world. This is his sixth season guiding with SMC. ”
Joe began exploring the mountains while studying Economics at the University of Oregon. Sport climbing at Smith Rock and mountaineering on the Oregon Volcanoes soon gave way to a love of all mountain sports from bouldering to ice climbing and skiing. Drawn to California, for its superior weather and range, Joe began guiding on Mount Shasta in 2011 and in the Sierra in 2014. Having moved to the Eastern Sierra for the incredible alpine terrain, Joe couldn’t help but find a home in June Lake. Joe enjoys skiing the unheralded terrain of “the loop,” from the obvious classics on Carson Peak to the lesser known powder stashes of Fern Creek. In the summer months, he spends his off duty time climbing the alpine rock routes of the high country, his favorite thus far is the Direct North Buttress of Merriam Peak. When he’s not guiding and playing throughout the range, he can usually be found extolling its virtues in a local hot spring, rambling through the hills with his dog or perched at the local brewery.
Certifications and professional courses include:
- AMGA Advanced Rock Guide Course
- AMGA Ski Guide Course
- AMGA Alpine Guide Course
- Wilderness FIrst Responder
- AIARE Level II
- Leave No Trace Trainer
Since her initiation into climbing in 1999, Lindsay has travelled to world-class climbing destinations and guides clients of all abilities on rock, ice and alpine climbs. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Lindsay knew she wanted to return west where the mountains offered a plethora of climbing opportunities. She began a career coaching youth competitive climbing teams and managing climbing gyms. Through her experience teaching the technical skills of climbing Lindsay naturally transitioned to guiding and works closely with her clients to develop their skills. Her preferred venues include Rockies, Tetons, Sierra, Rainier, North Cascades, Alaska, the north and southeast US, Argentina, Mexico, and Iceland. While Lindsay loves rock climbing she excels as a technician on ice. From the ice meccas such as the Northeast, the San Juan’s in CO, Hyalite Canyon in Bozeman, MT; Cody, WY; to the stunning fjords of Iceland she brings her clients to their peak level of performance. Lindsay originally began working in the Sierra in 2006. Now, a decade later, she bases in Bishop near the gorgeous landscape of impeccable granite. When Lindsay isn’t climbing you can catch her playing guitar and singing at local cafes.
Lindsay holds the following credentials; AMGA CWI Provider Trainer, AMGA SPI Provider, AMGA Certified Rock Guide, AMGA Assistant Alpine Guide, AAIRE Level 2, Certified Wilderness First Responder, Leave No Trace Trainer