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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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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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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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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Westley Shaffer
Westley was born and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania. He found climbing at the age of 8 through his father and
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Vaughn Rodriguez
Growing up in a small suburb of Grand Rapids, Michigan Vaughn climbed for the first time in high school at
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John started climbing in 1994. John is equally stoked to clip bolts, plug gear, boulder, ice climb, or develop new
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Laura Slavsky
Born and raised in Marquette, MI, Laura spent much of her childhood exploring the outdoors of the Great Lakes area.
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Luke Baker
Born in upstate New York and Raised in Harbor Springs Michigan, Luke has always loved working and playing outside. Luke
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Karsten Delap
Instructor Trainer Born and raised on a farm in Indiana, Karsten has found his home in the mountains. Embarking on
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