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Mike Walter, Mountain Guide, RMI Expeditions

Mike's love of the mountains is contagious; whether he is climbing, skiing, or sitting out a storm in a tent, you're sure to see a smile on his face. His search for adventure and wild mountain places has taken him all over the world, including a 2 year stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador. He has a B.S. in Biology and a M.S. in Environmental Studies, speaks fluent Spanish, is a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, and holds Canadian Level 2 and U.S. Level 3 Avalanche Certification. Mike has thru-hiked the 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia, and has run numerous races including a marathon and an ultra-marathon. When not guiding, you'll find Mike climbing, trail running, and skiing in Colorado, where he is an Avalanche Forecaster for the Snowmass Ski Patrol in Aspen.

  • 90+ summits of Mount Rainier, WA (14,410') having guided 5 different routes including Liberty Ridge
  • 10 summits of Denali (Mount McKinley), AK (20,320') via West Buttress
  • 1 summit of Mont Blanc, France (15,774')
  • 1 summit of Mount Elbrus, Russia (18,510')
  • 1 expedition in the Ruth Gorge, AK
  • Ecuador: many ascents of nearly all of the 17,000'+ volcanoes, including over a dozen summits of Cotopaxi (19,347'), 2 of Chimborazo (20,702'), and El Altar (17,451')
  • Peru: many ascents of the high peaks of the Cordillera Blanca, including Alpamayo (19,511')
  • Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician
  • National Registry and Colorado EMT
  • Outdoor Emergency Care
  • Canadian Avalanche Association Level 2
  • U.S. Avalanche Level III
  • AIARE Level II Avalanche Instructor
  • AMGA Certified Alpine Guide
  • AMGA Certified Ski Mountaineering Guide
  • Leave No Trace Trainer

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