Our Guides

Our guides are dedicated, enthusiastic and experienced, with decades of combined guiding and teaching experience on both rock and ice. They are committed to ensuring that your trip is fun, safe, and an experience you’ll never forget.

They love what they do and are passionate about your adventure.  If there is something you want out of your climb make sure to let us know. Nothing makes us happier than when you have a good time.


Bill Thompson
For the last 32 years, Bill has lived and climbed in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan. After he graduated
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David Hixenbaugh
Growing up in a small town in the foothills of the cascade mountain range, David developed a love for the
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Nic Dobbs
A love for adventure and a passion for sharing it describes Nic best. Nic has been an Ice Fest Instructor/Guide
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Brandon Synder
UP native born and raised, Brandon got his start climbing at the age of 17 after being introduced to the
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Bryan DeAugustine
Bryan climbed for the first time at Inside Moves in Grand Rapids, MI while in college at Grand Valley State
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Emily Gantner
Emily Gantner was born and raised in the Metro Detroit area and now calls the Upper Peninsula her home. In
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Tatum Scheibler
Tatum Scheibler was born in Northern Illinois and has always had a passion for the outdoors. He graduated from Northern
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Grant Parak
Grant grew up in the Metro Detroit area, and at an early age found a love for the outdoors. This
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Brian Rajdl
Brian has been guiding wilderness experiences for all ages for the past 25 years, by trail or kayak.   He is a
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