Our Guides

Sam Magro 700' up on "Border Country", Middle Cathedral, Yosemite NP.

Sam Magro

Owner & Chief Guide

Sam is the owner and Lead Guide for MAG. He has guided professionally on rock, ice, skis, & alpine since 2004 throughout the contiguous US, Alaska, Europe, and S. America.   He has developed climbing curriculums for MAG,  Montana State University, & has been commissioned to develop climbs by the Bhutanese government in the Himalayan foothills, among other roles.   He has made successful guided ascents in all disciplines including 2,000′ 5.12 rock climbs, link-ups of WI6 ice routes, technical mountaineering in Peru & Alaska, and ski descents of couloirs up to 50 degrees.  He firmly believes a good guide should dedicate to a high personal climbing or skiing goals in order to always improve, learn, and maintain our skills.  Then as guides we come to the mountains carved by experience in addition to being molded by industry standards and formal certifications.

Certifications/Titles:

  • Avalanche III/PRO 2
  • Wilderness First Responder-WFR & CPR
  • HAR (High Angle Rescue) & Gallatin County Search & Rescue Team Member
  • American Avalanche Association PRO member

Significant Achievements/Ascents:

  • First Ascents: “Infiniti Line” (V, 5.12b, C1, 1,000’), “Sanctum Sanctorum” (5.12+, 900’), “Velvet Hammer” 5.12c (900′), Vishnu Splitter (5.13a)
  • First Ascents (winter): “The Reverie” (WI 6+, M7/A1 600’), “Raven Crack-ed” (1,400’ WI 5+ M7), “The Jocko-Phillip” WI6, M8/9, 650′.  W. Mendenhall Tower (n. face), AK (AI5, M5, A1, 2500′)
  • Yosemite: El Capitan: The Salathe Wall (VI, at 5.11+, C2), Free Rider (VI, 5.13a),  The Shield (VI, C4, 5.11).  Half Dome, Middle Cathedral, etc.
  • Patagonia:  Cerro Torre’s West Face/Ragni Route.  Fitz Roy’s Cassarotto Pillar (Mate, Porro, y lo Demas)
  • Guided on Denali, Alaska; Peru: Toccllaraju, Ishinca, Urus, Llanapacha, Pisco, and others
  • Guiding: contiguous US, Europe, Alaska, Mexico, and Peru. (up to 5.12 rock, WI6 ice, & 6,ooo m elevation)
  • Climbing trips to Argentina, Chile, Peru, Cuba, Mexico, US, Europe, and Africa.
  • Two time Mugs Stump Award Recipient for new routes in Alaska and Chile.

Peter Ramos, AMGA guide

Peter Ramos

Peter Ramos grew up in Reno, NV with the Sierras in his backyard. In 1984 he began adventuring in the mountains when his mom took him skiing at the young age of 2. In 1990 he started climbing competitively in indoor climbing competitions. It was at 14 years old when Peter landed his first guiding job, teaching summer camps out of Donner Summit, CA.

Peter left Reno the day after he graduated high school and moved to Bozeman, MT. He attended Montana State University and eventually graduated with a Bachelors degree in Nursing (BSN-RN) in 2009. Over those years he continued to guide for various organizations and learned to speak Spanish while climbing throughout South America doing nursing projects. During that time, he also earned the following certifications; Wilderness EMT-B, Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS), and Adult Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).

He has traveled throughout the world as an Expedition Nurse, carrying out both nursing and guiding responsibilities. When Peter is not expedition nursing, he is working as a community health nurse in the local community health centers.

Peter Ramos’ current focus is to complete the AMGA requirements necessary to become an IFMGA certified guide. Peter is a valuable asset to any mountain adventure, given his guiding history, mountain knowledge, and nursing background.

Nate Opp

Nate Opp

Nate has been a full time active climber in the Bozeman area for over 15 years.  He has established dozens of first ascents in the region and also throughout the world.  Highlights include over 25 expeditions to the Alaska range, 2 ascents of Fitzroy in Patagonia including the first ascent of the Wave Effect, and an onsight free ascent of Parmakkayas’ east face(7b) in the Taurus range in central Turkey.  Nate is also a lead guide for AMS in Alaska and a senior guide for Jackson Hole Mountain Guides.

Whit Magro

Whit Magro

Whit Magro has guided extensively in the Tetons, The Alaska Range, and right here in Hyalite and Gallatin Canyons.  He was the first American to successfully guide an ascent of Cerro Torre in Patagonia among many other guiding achievements in Patagonia, Alaska, and else where.  Currently he only guides a handful of days each year as the rest of his time is filled with running his own metal fabrication business, climbing on his own objectives, and hanging with his family.  None the less he steps in now and then on private outings.

Adam Knoff, Himalaya

Adam Knoff

Adam grew up exploring the wilderness of Minnesota with his twin brother Eric. He likes to claim that after his first climbing class in a small state park named Taylor’s Falls, at the impressionable age of 15, he literally watched the light bulb turn on. From that moment on climbing has encapsulated every facet of Adam’s life.

At the age of 20 Adam moved to Bozeman to attend MSU but found the calling of climbing was too difficult to ignore. In 2001 he left his life behind in Montana and became a full time mountain guide working for RMI on Mt. Rainier. Adam has been guiding professionally ever since. With numerous expeditions to the Himalaya, Alaska, South America and Europe, Adam prides himself on being equally versed climbing and guiding in big mountain terrain, vertical ice and rock and long alpine adventures. In short, there isn’t anything Adam can’t climb.
On top of his climbing Adam was instrumental in starting the Khumbu Climbing School in Phortse, Nepal with the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation and contributes countless hours organizing the Bozeman Ice Festival and Bozeman World Cup climbing competition held annually here in town.

Now living in Bozeman full time with his wife and six year old son Liam, Adam has begun to branch out from merely guiding climbing to guiding fly fishing on the world class rivers around south west Montana. Whether it be rivers, mountains or the vertical world, Adam says guiding has always been his calling and the enjoyment of sharing an adventure and building a bond with new people remains his favorite part of his work.

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Anne Gilbert

Anne Gilbert has been guiding professionally since 2008, when she moved out to the Pacific Northwest from the Chesapeake Bay of Virginia. She has 40+ guided ascents of Mt. Rainier as well as successful trips on Denali and Aconcagua. She now lives in Bozeman, MT and attends Montana State University’s nursing program. When Anne Gilbert is not in school, she spends her time climbing in the mountains of Patagonia, Argentina and the Canadian Rockies. She also loves exploring the mountains of her backyard, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, in both winter and summer. Anne Gilbert hopes to continue to share her love and knowledge of the mountains with folks when she is not working as a nurse.”

  • Wilderness First Responder
  • BA History and Spanish, University of Georgia
Aki Joy

Aki Joy

Aki is a guide based out of Bozeman, MT.  He majored in Mathematics Education at Montana State University and holds a teaching certification in the state of Montana, although he rarely teaches in a classroom. Aki is a full time guide for Montana Alpine Guides in the mountains around Bozeman, but has also worked in the Wind River Range and the Beartooth Mountain Range. He was recently brought back into the university as an instructor for a new climbing course. Aki is rooted in the local climbing and skiing community, helping out with local events and climbing every day. His passions are education and climbing, both of which he loves sharing.

Significant Ascents:

  • The Nose in a Day, El Capitan, Yosemite 5.10 C1
  • The Shield, El Capitan, Yosemite 5.10 A3+
  • Original Route, Rainbow Wall, Red Rock, NV 5.12- (on-sight)
  • The Big Sleep, Hyalite Canyon 5.9 WI6
  • Kingpin, Beartooth Mountains 5.12 A2 (First Ascent)
  • Chiaro di Luna, Patagonia, 5.10d
Certifications:
  • Certified AMGA Rock Guide
  • Wilderness First Responder/ CPR
  • BS in Mathematics Education from Montana State University
  • Licensed Teacher in Montana
Sam Hennessy, ice climbing, hyalite canyon

Sam Hennessy

A native of Port Angeles, WA, Sam’s outdoor career began at a young age in the small yet rugged Olympic Mountains. These days, he lives seasonally in Bozeman MT, making the most of the incredible ice and mixed climbing in the greater Yellowstone region. His favorite routes tend to be big walls or alpine rock and ice climbs. A former college athlete, his non-climbing interests include distance running, reading, and traveling to new places.

Significant Ascents:

  • Rainier, 23+ Summits by 6 different Routes, ski descent
  • Denali, West Buttress (3x)
  • Mt Vinson (2x)
  • AK Range, Mooses Tooth, Shaken Not Stirred V WI5 M5
  • AK Range, Pt 7400, FA Gangster’s Paradise, V AI4 M6 A2
  • AK Range, Mt Huntington, Harvard Route, VI 5.9 C1 and Colton Leach, VI M6
  • Nepal Himalaya, FA Chukyima Go, 6259m, V M4 85 degrees
  • Hyalite Canyon, Winter Dance WI6
  • Canadian Rockies, Nemesis WI6, Curtain Call, WI6
  • El Capitan, The Nose in a Day, VI 5.10 C1

Certifications:

  • Avalanche Level II
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • AMGA Aspirant Rock Guide, Ice Instructor Course, Alpine Guide Course
Geoff Schellens, Alaska

Geoff Schellens

Geoff Schellens grew up in Norwich, VT where his introduction to climbing at the age of 12 led him to develop a strong connection with the outdoors and the local Green Mountains. Pursuing his passion for climbing, Geoff began guiding in 2007 and now guides technical routes on peaks in some of the worlds most stunning mountain ranges. Recently Geoff has moved to Bozeman, MT and is enjoying exploring the outstanding ice Hyalite Canyon has to offer and sharing it with his guests. Geoff is also a certified Rock Guide by the American Mountain Guides Association and working towards his Alpine Guide certification. Geoff is a talented photographer, intent on exploring “the places where the earth stops and the sky begins” through both his climbing and his camera lens. See his website at http://www.theexposededge.com

Significant Ascents:

  • 70+ summits via 5 routes of Mt. Rainier, Washington
  • 6 expeditions on Denali, Alaska
  • 1 summit of Shish Pangma, Tibet (26,335′)
  • 1 summit of Alpamayo, Peru
  • 1 expedition on Dhaulagiri, Nepal
  • 4 expeditions on Aconcagua, Argentina
  • 1 summit of Fitz Roy, Patagonia, Argentina
  • 4 summits of Pico de Orizaba and Ixtaccihuatl, Mexico
  • 2 summits of Cotopaxi and Illiniza Norte, Ecuador
  • Mt. Aspiring, New Zealand
  • Ice Climbing in Colorado, Montana, Alaska, and the Canadian Rockies
  • Other notable domestic ascents: Mt. Shuksan, Mt. Baker, Mt. Hood, The Torment-Forbidden Traverse

Certifications:

  • Wilderness First Responder
  • AIARE Avalanche Level II
  • AMGA Certified Rock Guide
  • AMGA Ice Instructor
  • AMGA Alpine Guide Course
  • Leave No Trace Trainer
Jeff Witt, IFMGA guide, Montana Alpine Guides

Jeff Witt

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Jeff began teaching climbing in 2001, when he helped a friend with an Alpine Ice Climbing Course in the Glossglockner Alps of Austria. Since then, Jeff’s passion for the sport has extended to guiding alpine rock routes in the Tetons, teaching ice climbing throughout the West, exploring the Tetons and British Columbia on skis, and leading expeditions to Alaska, Patagonia, Africa and the Himalaya. Along the way, through his personal adventures, he has been honored to climb the granite expanses of Fitzroy, swing tools into the icy runnels of the Cassin Ridge of Denali, wiggle up the frozen chimneys of the Eiger North Face and visit the summit of Mt Everest. Jeff enjoys every opportunity to share his passion for climbing and is looking forward swinging tools into ice this winter! Jeff is also a fully certified IFMGA Mountain Guide.

Noah Ronczkowski

Noah Ronczkowski

Noah found rock climbing during his freshmen year of college in 2000 in the Midwest. After graduating with a degree in biology, he quickly moved to Bozeman, MT to pursue a career involving climbing and skiing. After a successful ski descent of Mount McKinley in 2010, he began guiding in the Alaska Range and in the Tetons. Noah has spent his winters doing avalanche control on the Big Sky Ski Patrol in Montana since 2006. He is a solid “all-arounder” on skis, ice, and rock climbs.

Lindsay Fixmer

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 her clients to develop their skills. Various guiding venues include Rockies, Tetons, Sierra, Rainier, North Cascades, Alaska, the north and southeast US, Argentina, Mexico, and Iceland. While Lindsay loves rock climbing she excels as a technician on ice, naturally bringing this passion to Montana Alpine Guides. From the ice meccas such as the Northeast, the San Juan’s in CO, Hyalite Canyon in Bozeman, MT; Cody, WY; to the stunning fjords of Iceland she brings her clients to their peak level of performance. When Lindsay isn’t climbing you can catch her playing guitar and singing at local cafes.

Notable guiding achievements and ascents:

  • 2000-2006 indoor realm and continues as AMGA CWI Provider Trainer
  • Rock, ice, and alpine guiding
  • Guiding since 2006: Sierra, Rockies, Tetons, N Cascades and Rainier, Alaska, Southeast, Northeast, Red Rocks, NV
  • Ice: Ouray & San Juan’s; Hyalite Canyon in Bozeman; Cody, WY; eastern Sierra; New Hampshire and Vermont; Iceland
  • International: Mexico, Argentina, Iceland

Certifications:

  • AMGA CWI Provider Trainer
  • AMGA SPI Provider
  • AMGA Certified Rock Guide
  • AMGA Certified Alpine Guide
  • AIARE Pro II Certification
  • Certified Wilderness First Responder
  • Leave No Trace Trainer

Joe Wagner

Starting with his first backpacking trip at the age of four, Joe Wagner has spent the majority of his free time cultivating a lifelong love of the outdoors including climbing, skiing, and trail running.  He grew up in Montana and earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Montana State University, which led to a career as a Software Engineer as well as teaching and practicing mountain rescue.

Joe has worked with Seattle Mountain Rescue (SMR), Gallatin County Search and Rescue (GCSAR), and as casual call for the US national parks. Some of the successful missions and trainings he participated in include operations with Rainier National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Denali National Park, several counties in Washington State, and several counties in Montana. During this time Joe has regularly participated in high angle rope rescue, helicopter short haul rescue, and mountain search operations.  He has served as a member of a board of directors for one of the GCSAR groups, and currently participates with four of the GCSAR groups.

He has climbed in ranges all across the US, in the Himalayas, and in Alaska.

Ty Guarino

Ty Guarino

Ty is a New England Transplant that has lived, recreated, and worked in the Bozeman area since 2008. While completing his degree at MSU, Ty began his guiding career by instructing for the Colorado Outward Bound School in Leadville CO. Upon graduation in 2012, and after four years of splitting his time between Outward Bound contracts and Bozeman, Ty has made a permanent residence in the place he loves most, Montana.

Ty has guided students and clients all over the United States as well as teaching international Outdoor Education Semesters in Ecuador. Ty’s resume includes working as the first generation of Montana Wilderness School instructors, guiding in the Alaska Range on Denali, working as a professional ski patroller at Big Sky Resort, and serving as the Snow Safety Director at Porters Ski field in Canterbury NZ. Beyond his professional career, Ty has additionally pioneered new ski descents in Alaska and Canada, as well as repeating difficult ski lines in Ecuador, Tetons WY, and New Zealand.

Certifications/Titles:

  • Avalanche III/PRO 2
  • AMGA Ski Guide Course
  • Wilderness EMT and CPR provider
  • American Avalanche Association PRO member

Significant Achievements/Descents:

  • Solo ski descent of the Grand Teton via Ford/Stettner route
  • Multiple repeats of Teton Classics including: Spooky Face of Nez Perce, Apocalypse couloir on Prospectors, and SE couloir of the South Teton.
  • Five first descents in Revelations Range AK including the 3,500’ West Couloir of Angel Peak
  • Multiple first descents in the St Elias Range AK
  • Two first descents in the Purcell Range BC
  • Three first descents in the Alaska Range, One-Shot Glacier
  • Repeat descent of SW couloir-West ridge of Aoraki/Mt Cook South peak New Zealand
  • Descents of Chimborazo 20,549’ and Cayambe 18,996’, Ecuador
  • Multiple guided trips on Denali AK, Gannet Peak WY, Cotopaxi and Antisana Ecuador.