At North Cascades Mountain Guides we believe that the most important part of an enjoyable and successful guided experience is the guide.  That is why we hire the most experienced, trained and well-rounded guides in the business.  The majority of our guides have been guiding for over a decade (some of them for several decades) and have guided all over the world.  The vast majority of our guides are AMGA certified and all of them are true professionals.  We also make sure that these guides are fun to hang out with, because let’s face it, it doesn’t matter how good a climber or skier the person is if they aren’t fun to be with.

The owners of NCMG have worked for large and small guide services, as instructors and examiners for the American Mountain Guides Association and chief instructors for large outdoor educational organizations.  They have seen what separates the exceptional guide from the average and have gone out of their way to hire best of the best.   Book a trip with NCMG today and experience the difference.


Larry Goldie, co-owner and lead guide for NCMG, has been climbing for 24 years and guiding professionally for 20. He guides and instructs rock climbing, mountaineering and backcountry skiing. He has climbed and guided extensively in the Cascades, with additional experience in the Alps, Sierras, Rockies, Alaska and Canada. With a passion for skiing, Larry holds PSIA certification in the Nordic, Alpine, Telemark and Backcountry disciplines. As an AIAREtrained instructor, Larry is one of our lead avalanche educators. Larry is an internationally (IFMGA) licensed Mountain guide and AMGA certified guide.

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Jeff Ward, co-owner of NCMG, is a fully certified AMGA and IFMGA licensed Mountain Guide and has been working as a full-time professional mountain guide since 1995.  In addition to working as a guide for NCMG, Jeff is an instructor and examiner for the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), teaching the next generation of American mountain guides.   Jeff also works for the Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC) as a professional observer.  Jeff lives in Leavenworth, WA with his wife Kristen and 5 year old daughter Allison.


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Paul Butler, co-owner of NCMG, has been guiding in the North Cascades for over 17 years. His experience has been a combination of private guiding and working as a Chief Instructor for the Pacific Crest Outward Bound School. His passion for climbing has led to adventures all over the western United States as well as abroad in Ecuador, Patagonia and the Alps. He is a level III PSIA certified Nordic and backcountry ski guide.



Josh Coleinstructor_SPI_B&WJoshua Cole has been adventuring in the mountains for more than 15 years, and guiding for 8. He has climbed and skied extensively in the North Cascades, Swiss Alps, Italian Dolomites, Sierra Nevada, New Zealand and the ranges of SW Montana. He is the Washington Program Director for Outward Bound and a lead instructor for Wilderness Medicine Training Center. Josh has worked as a professional ski patroller in Montana and New Zealand, and has a former life as a research geologist.  Josh works in the North Cascades as a ski guide for NCMG.


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instructor_RI_B&WMatt Walker has worked as an outdoor educator and mountain guide for the past decade. This work has allowed him to travel and climb throughout the world.  Matt has focused his work teaching and facilitating leadership development through outdoor adventure. Matt is a certified Single Pitch Instructor by the American Mountain Guide Association and has completed the AMGA Rock Instructor training.  Matt received his Master’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Science from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA and uses these skills to lead NCMG’s coaching and teambuilding programs in addition to guiding NCMG climbing programs in the North Cascades.


Mark Allen is a Washington native and cut his teeth in the North Cascades 1991 and began guiding in the Northwest in 2001. Now he is currently a Full IFMGA Mountain Guide; AMGA Rock, Ski, Alpine Certified and a AIARE Level II Avalanche instructor. When not personal climbing across the US Mark divides his time guiding  Alpine, Ice, Rock and Ski trips in the North Cascades, Colorado’s San Juans, and European Alps.  Mark’s personal interests are alpinism and ski mountaineering descents in areas that still need exploring.  His academic background is in geology with an emphasis on mountain building processes.  Mark works as a climbing and skiing guide in the North Cascades and European Alps for NCMG.

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Tim Connelly has been around the world block a few times and with his 13 years of mountain guiding, he has found himself helping people fulfill their dreams from Alaska to Patagonia, from the Himalaya to the Alps to Antarctica with many a stop in between. Tim is a fully licensed IFMGA and the 2006 recipient of the AMGA’s Outstanding Guide of the Year’ award.  Tim is recognized throughout the guiding world for his expertise and passion for the peoples and experiences to be had in the mountains.  Tim speaks French and Spanish.  Tim works as a ski and climbing guide in the European Alps for NCMG.

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Brad SawtellBrad Sawtell recently moved with his wife Heide to the Methow Valley from the Breckenridge area in Colorado. During the previous ten years, he worked as an Avalanche Forecaster and Educator for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC). Prior to forecasting, Brad directed the Wilderness Program for the High Mountain Institute (HMI), was senior staff at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and worked as a mountain guide for various guide services. He serves on the board for the American Avalanche Association (A3) as the Certified Instructor Representative as well as on A3′s Education Committee.  Brad works as a ski guide and avalanche instructor for NCMG.


Anne Keller, a Washington native, has been climbing since 1985 and guiding for 17 years. Her guiding experience includes over 40 ascents of Mt. Rainer, several expeditions to the Alaska Range, and numerous routes in the North Cascades and the Tetons. Anne has worked 5 years as a professional ski patroller and now works winters as a touring, cat and heli ski guide out of Revelstoke Canada . She is an Emergency Medical Technician and has a formal education in Physical Therapy.  Anne is an AMGA certified Ski Mountaineering guide.  Anne works as a ski guide in the North Cascades for NCMG.





Ian Nicholson. Ian’s experience ranges from having established over a half dozen first ascents in his home range of the Cascades as well as opening new routes in farther off regions such as The Waddington Range, Patagonia and The Alaska Range.  His other experience comes from having climbed extensively in Yosemite as well as Zion, the Tetons, the Alps, Canadian Rockies, New England, the Sierras and Colorado.  Ian is a AMGA certified Alpine and Rock guide who is activily pursuing IFMGA status.  He is the author of the Washington Pass Super Topo and guides in the North Cascades for NCMG.





Chris Wright grew up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania and explored the hills and crags of the Northeast before moving to the Pacific Northwest where he began guiding in 2006. Chris has climbed, guided, and established new routes in Alaska, Oregon and Washington and has climbed everywhere from New Zealand and Australia to Europe, Asia, Africa, Mexico and Canada.  Chris is currently an IFMGA licensed Mountain Guide and AMGA Ski, Alpine and Rock certified guide.  He is  AIARE Level 3 Certified, and holds a BFA from New York University.  Chris guides climbing programs in the North Cascades for NCMG.

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instructor_SPI_B&WSusan Cram has been a climber for 18 years starting her climbing career in Eldorado Canyon in Colorado. Since then she has climbed all over the world including; Africa, Asia, Nepal, Europe, Mexico and Canada.   Susan has worked for Yosemite Search and Rescue and the American Alpine Club.  Susan owns and operates Uprising Adventure Guides, Inc based out of Joshua Tree national Park where she spends all of the non summer months of the year. is an AMGA Certified Top Rope Site Manager and has spent the majority of her life teaching people how to climb.  Susan works as a rock climbing guide for NCMG.


Adrienne Schaefer is NCMG’s office manager.  Her love for the outdoors began at a young age, building forts and camping with her family in the foothills of the Cascades.  As she got older, her love turned into a lifestyle, leading her to pursue a career in the outdoor industry.  A degree in Outdoor Recreation led her to a variety of outdoor jobs, including working for the National Park Service as a climbing ranger and trail crewmember.  She also helped manage a small Washington-based outdoor guide service, wrote a guidebook on day hikes along the PCT in Washington, and worked as a professional ski patroller at Stevens Pass.   She moved from Leavenworth to Winthrop in 2010 and has spent much of her free time running and skiing in the foothills and high country of the North Cascades.  When she’s not in the mountains, she can be found spending time with her family, which mostly involves trying to keep up with a toddler.