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Danny Ozment

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Danny was born and raised in Texas, but that did not keep him from getting on skis at the age of 9 in New Mexico and Colorado, where he would try to spend as much time as possible exploring the mountains until graduating college from Texas A&M University.  After school, he spent 10 years throughout the west ski instructing and developing a passion for ski mountaineering.  This lifestyle was a natural progression into guiding.  Danny first began guiding in 2011 in …

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Tim Dobbins

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Tim grew up in the suburbs of Portland OR and started skiing at 4 or 5. Both parents were from Colorado so upon moving to Oregon they bought a cabin at Mt. Hood and skied every weekend and holiday. Tim ski raced all over the PNW for nine years in all 4 disciplines. After high school Tim’s brother got him a job in Aspen CO turning bindings in a rental shop. The skiing culture was a lot different there so …

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Brigitte Steinmetz

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Brigitte moved to the Eastern Sierra in 2007 from Southern California where she grew up with the ocean on one side and the mountains on the other. She has a Bachelor of Science degree and teaching credential in Biological Sciences. Prior to moving to the Sierra, she spent 18 years as a Los Angeles County Ocean Lifeguard protecting the lives of beachgoers and 7 years teaching middle school integrated science.  In 2006, she decided to pursue her love of outdoor …

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Lindsay Fixmer

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Since her initiation into climbing in 1999, Lindsay has travelled to world-class climbing destinations and guides clients of all abilities on rock, ice and alpine climbs. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Lindsay knew she wanted to return west where the mountains offered a plethora of climbing opportunities. She began a career coaching youth competitive climbing teams and managing climbing gyms. Through her experience teaching the technical skills of climbing Lindsay naturally transitioned to guiding and works closely with …

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Zak Mills

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Zak has been based in the Eastern Sierra for the last 6 years with his life set up around backcountry snowboarding and rock climbing. These passions have taken him on annual pilgrimages to many mountain ranges throughout Alaska, Canada, and the lower 48. Despite being in these amazing places, the Sierra always draws him back.  

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Clancy Nelson

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Clancy is an avalanche forecaster and a dedicated outdoor educator. He has had skis on his feet since he could walk. He grew up in the eastern Sierra ski racing on both alpine and nordic teams, and started work as a ski instructor at the age of 12. Clancy studied Environmental Science and Philosophy at Whittier College and Claremont Graduate School during which time he also developed his passion for alpine rock climbing. During this time, he taught traditional rock …

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Michael O’Connor

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Michael O’Connor AMGA Certified Rock Guide Michael started climbing in 2006 in Maryland at Towson University but didn’t find a real passion for climbing until he traveled abroad to New Zealand in 2007 for a semester of college. He met so many people from all over the world that had come to New Zealand just for the climbing. The amazing community that he became part of him fueled his fire for climbing. Once back in the states, he finished a …

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Geoff Unger

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Geoff Unger UIAGM/IFMGA Ski & Mountain Guide Geoff has been climbing and skiing for most of his life. His travels have taken him all over the globe for alpinism and guiding. Two of Geoff’s notable achievements are climbing first ascents in the Himalaya and repeating a demanding route on the north face of the Grand Jorasses outside Chamonix in winter. When not in the alpine he enjoys climbing in all its forms from bouldering to multi-pitch traditional climbing and ice …

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Glen Plake

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Glen Plake Hall of Fame Skier/Mountaineer, Full Certified L3DT PSIA Instructor/AMGA Apprentice Mountain Guide/Sportsman The first time on skis at age two had a lasting impression on Glen Plake, he’s dedicated his whole life to the sport. Growing up in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains it is easy to understand Glen’s unconventional thinking and unique place in the sport of skiing. “California is not your typical place for a skier to be from” as a featured skier in Greg Stump’s early films (Blizzard of Aahhh’s …

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Jessica Ary

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Jessica Ary Office Manager   Growing up in the flat lands of Oklahoma, Jessica spent her childhood hiking, swimming, and exploring caves.  It wasn’t until she moved to California that she was introduced to mountains and the vertical world.  Working as a photographer in Los Angeles, Jessica would escape the city pace to the Sierra, Joshua Tree, and Big Sur.  After six years in LA, Jessica decided it was time to fully commit to her passion for the outdoors and …

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Kimmy Fasani

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Kimmy Fasani Kimmy Fasani is a professional snowboarder who was born and raised in Truckee, CA. After graduating high school she moved to Mammoth Lakes, CA to pursue her snowboarding career and attend college. After competing on the pro circuit for a handful of years, she shifted her focus to filming in the back country. In 2011, Kimmy has graced the cover of Transworld Snowboard Magazine and was nominated for Female Rider of the Year, Female Video part of the …