"Sarah and I had an awesome time. We were both impressed by and appreciated the fact that you actually taught us some of the finer points of climbing, rather than just setting a rope and saying "there you go." -Mike, Wisconsin
Buster Jessik-Guide A Colorado native, Buster began climbing at age 11, and has since made ascents of rock, ice, and alpine routes from Washington state to the Cordillera Blanca in Peru. He is an “all around specialist” having successfully climbed 5.13 rock, grade 6 ice, M9, and grade VI big wall and alpine routes in a day. For those who do not know what that means that Buster is a very strong climber. Aside from guiding Buster also plays the drums in a band.
Buster’s personal climbing and guiding philosophy is that it is the process that is important, not the goal. With this in mind he loves to teach modern techniques for climbing efficiently and safely. Buster has been guiding since 2007 and was also selected to participate in the first Alpine Mentors Program, started by world class alpinists to train and mentor the next generation of climbers.
Certification & Courses: 2013 Ice Instructor Course, 2010 AMGA Rock Guide Certification, 2012 AMGA Alpine Guide Course, 2009/2011 AIARE Level I and II Training Courses, 2013 Wilderness First Responder and CPR.
Jeremiah Meizis-Lead Guide Born in the flatlands of the midwest, Jeremiah did not begin climbing seriously until he joined the climbing club at Iowa State University in 2005. From there he moved east where he promptly decided to drop out of law school and pursue guiding as a career because he couldn't concentrate on anything else. After managing the rock and ice guiding for an outdoor education center and working as support staff for a wilderness therapy program he started working as a guide in Colorado in 2007. After working in the Colorado area as a guide for other companies for several years he decided to start his own in 2010. When Jeremiah is not climbing he is usually enjoying the outdoors in some other way whether he is hiking the beautiful forest of Colorado or just trying not to face plant while skiing.
As one of the few AMGA certified Rock Guide to call Colorado Springs home Jeremiah believes in the importance of providing an exceptional experiences for his guests by requiring the highest levels of training for himself and his other guides. This way he can provide the safest and most rewarding experiences. He aims to impart the knowledge and skills he has learned thru years of experience and training so guests can reach the goals and summits they thought were beyond their reach.
Certifications & Courses: 2013 AMGA Rock Guide Certification, 2013 AMGA Ice Instructor Course, 2013 AIARE Level II Training Course, 2013 Wilderness First Responder and CPR Re-certification, 2012 AMGA Alpine Guide Course, 2008 AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course, 2008 AIARE Level I Training Course, 2008 Leave No Trace Trainer.
Nate Bondi-Guide Originally, coming from California Nate has guided in many places all over the country. While most of his twenty years of experience is teaching climbing and outdoor skills in a more formal academic setting such as local colleges. Even with his commitment to education he still find time to rip it up skiing and climbing all year round. Aside from climbing Nate is a jack of all trades and can be found mountain biking, backpacking, and generally enjoying his free time outdoors.
Nate's focus as a guide is really on teaching and using a breadth of experience and teaching methods to pass on his skills. He also has a great deal of experience training guides and outdoor instructors. Because of the high value he places on education he continues to push himself to become a greater outdoor educator through AMGA programs and continued education having Certifications & Courses: 2012 AMGA Alpine Guide Course, 2013 AMGA SPI Provider, 2010 AMGA SPI Certification, 2012 AIARE Level I Instructor Course, 2012 AIARE Level II Training Course, 2013 Wilderness First Responder and CPR
Megan Ellis-Apprentice Guide In 2004, Meg Ellis was introduced to climbing by her father who took her to destinations like Joshua Tree, California, and Shawangunks, New York. Meg's father instilled in her a desire to seek familiarity with and appreciation of our earth's landscapes through climbing. She has since developed her skills in bouldering, traditional, and sport climbing. In 2007, she began training to share her love for climbing with others through guiding. Meg's climbing explorations, thus far, have taken her across West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah.
In addition to climbing, Meg has a true passion for teaching. She has been a middle and high school art teacher since 2010. She has also worked in elementary and adult education. Meg loves the dynamic of the outdoor classroom, and her number one priority as a guide is to make sure her clients have a positive experience. She loves to spread the psych, but also the knowledge, of this adventure sport On a deeper level, Meg says that "climbing helps people to foster fortitude and trust in themselves and in others." She believes that climbing provides a unique experience in which a person can learn time and again that they are capable of much more than they ever anticipated.
Certifications & Courses: 2014 AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, CPR & First Aid
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