Erik Shepard

Erik is a young Midwestern transplant stoked to be carving out a life in the Methow. First drawn to climbing during his days in the classrooms of the Geology department at the University of Wisconsin, he began guiding shortly thereafter at Devils Lake, the rock climbing mecca of the upper Midwest. The allure of the mountains prompted his move to Winthrop, where he enjoys the plentiful year-round adventures the Methow Valley has to offer. 

Guiding, Erik marries his passion for climbing, his reverence for sound technical skills, and his love of shared adventure. He is a certified Single Pitch Instructor and is working his way into the AMGA Mountain Guide curriculum.

Guide Certifications

Avalanche Level 1 AIARE

AMGA Single Pitch Instructor