We are a team of motivated, educated, passionate experts.
The Rock Solid Guides:
Andrew is an ACMG Alpine Guide, who holds a double-major degree in exercise science and exercise prescription. He is also an internationally certified personal trainer by the American Council on Exercise.
Born and raised in North Vancouver, BC he began climbing in Squamish in the late 90's and was inspired by guides to take his passion for climbing higher, into the mountains. One of his greatest joys is facilitating similar experiences to young people, directing their lives towards the mountains and giving back to the sport that has given him so much.
He has climbed in New Zealand, Patagonia, Colombia, Peru, Croatia, Sweden, Thailand, Morocco, Australia, Spain, and the USA. Andrew is always psyched for the next adventure! He loves all types of climbing from bouldering to ice climbing to aid climbing, but his favorite climbs are long multipitch trad climbs on big granite alpine walls and towers.
Hannah is an ACMG Rock Guide, she started guiding because she is very passionate about teaching people the technical side of climbing as well as the emotional achievements that come with challenging yourself and connecting with nature.
Hannah has been climbing since she was a kid with her teddy bear clipped to her harness, and since then she has dedicated years to travelling, rock climbing, mountaineering, and improving her technical skills.
She has climbed El Capitan in Yosemite Valley 4 times, sent 5.12 in 5 different countries, and loves combining the techniques from rock types around the world. She is also an Industrial Rope Access Technician and enjoys geeking out on the physics of rope systems.
Photo: Leo Houlding Photo: Rich Wheater
Will is a professional rock climber and an ACMG Rock Guide.
"I’ve been climbing for most of my life. It has given me some of the best things a guy could ask for: great friends, mind-blowing experiences and a chance to push myself to see how far I can go. Climbing is about trying hard with good friends. Over the last few years my main focus has been free climbing big walls. Trying your absolute best, thousands of feet off the ground, in a beautiful environment, is as good as it gets."
"Mostly though, the big “ticks” have been at the periphery of it all. Climbing hard routes is just a small part of the picture. I love climbing for the whole experience: early frosty morning starts, the feel of rough granite, the sunsets and sunrises. It’s such a precious gift that we have the opportunity to go do these things."
Some memorable climbs include:
First free ascent of the Tom Egan Memorial Route, 5.14, Bugaboos BC
Prophet, 5.13d R, VI, El Capitan
The Cobra Crack, 5.14-, Squamish BC
First ascent La Vuelta de Los Condores, Cerro Mariposa, Rio Turbio Argerntina
Free solos up to 5.12d including the first solos of Zombie Roof and Zap Crack, Squamish BC.
Photos: John Price
Ian Strachan is an ACMG Apprentice Rock Guide who loves teaching technical skills and movement to the people he guides.
Ian grew up in the Rocky Mountains and learned to climb at a young age. He spent many years travelling around North America experiencing various types of climbing. Some of his most memorable climbs include Moonlight Buttress (Zion National Park), NW Face of Half Dome (Yosemite Valley), and Pipeline (Squamish).
Ian’s favourite types of climbing include finger cracks and offwidths but he was particularly drawn to the beauty of granite climbing during his trips to Squamish, Southern California, and the Bugaboos, which made the decision easy to call Squamish home in 2015.
Ian enjoys playing in the mountains all seasons. He has spent many years exploring Canadian mountains in the winter through ice-climbing and ski mountaineering. He now spends his winters as a Whistler-Blackcomb Ski-Patroller, teaching AST courses and is an active member of the Canadian Avalanche Association.
Ian also holds his Level 3 OFA First Aid Certificate and is an Industrial Rope Access Technician.
Jo is an ACMG Apprentice Rock Guide who loves playing in the mountains and pushing herself on long multipitch climbs.
Jo began her love of climbing as a youth when she first immigrated to Canada from Wales and, to make friends, enrolled in the kids climbing program at her local gym. She was immediately hooked and competed throughout highschool eventually transitioning to the outdoor playground of Squamish, B.C.
After completing her degree at Edinburgh University Jo relocated to Vietnam to teach English and explore the Limestone cliffs of Lang Ha Bay. Before long she had swapped the classroom for the cliffs and began working as a deep water solo and kayaking guide on Cat Ba Island.
Her love of climbing has allowed Jo to travel extensively, most recently pushing herself in the giant granite jungle of Cochamo Valley in Chilean Patagonia. Her favourite climbing days are those spent trying hard with good friends, high off the ground.