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Our Staff

Mark Gunlogson



Mark began climbing at the young age of 15 and guiding in 1987. He led his first MM trip in 1994 in the North Cascades. Since then he has led trips on all seven continents, including successful ascents of six of the Seven Summits, and has traveled to more than 25 countries. With more than 50 expeditions to his credit, Mark brings a wealth of hands-on experience that makes our trips run smoothly. He has guided Pik Lenin in Tajikistan, the high peaks of South America, in the Alps, Africa, and Nepal. Mark has made more than 35 big wall ascents, including ten ascents of El Capitan in Yosemite, Mount Hooker in Wyoming's Wind River Range, and Mount Proboscis in the Northwest Territories. In the alpine arena, he has completed difficult lightweight alpine-style ascents in the Andes and Himalayas (including the SW Pillar of Bhagarathi III in India). He loves a good walk too and has completed some of the world's classic treks. When not climbing, trekking, or in the office he is busy raising two daughters. Read more about Mark.

Steve Guthrie

International Program Director


A Northwest native, born in Eugene, Oregon, Steve started climbing at age 14 as a member of a Search and Rescue team. Mountain Rescue and guiding followed soon after.  In his 30+ years as a professional guide/instructor/expedition leader, Steve has climbed and trekked extensively on 6 continents. In addition to climbing and guiding, Steve taught well over 100 wilderness medicine courses both in the U.S. and internationally and has worked as a medical care provider on a small and remote island in the mid-Pacific. Continuing the remodel of his cabin in Oregon, reading and listening to music fill his "spare time."

Jaime Pollitte

North America Program Director


Having spent much of his upbringing living overseas and traveling as an adult, it seems that Jaime has lived almost everywhere. With a degree in Outdoor Education/Leadership from Prescott College, Jaime has spent more than 20 years as an outdoor professional. He has spent time working, climbing, skiing, and kayaking throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, South America, and Europe. Jaime is an AMGA Certified Rock Instructor, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Provider, AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Instructor & Level 3 Avalanche Certified, Wilderness First Responder, and a Leave No Trace Trainer. 

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Nicki Jepsen



A California girl with a passion for travel and adventure, Nicki is a true advocate for living your dream. While in college getting her International Business Management degree, she spent a lot of time in Europe and other far-flung exotic places, lived in Japan for 10 years, and has called Seattle home since 1996. She runs the numbers at our office and is enthusiastic about developing new trip/business ideas that benefit our customers. Nicki is an avid hiker, biker and food explorer, fluent in German, and always looking for the next adventure.

Heidi Bornstein

Web and Marketing Designer








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Joe Sawyer

Gear Manager


Born and raised in Bellevue, Wa, Joe was brought up recreating in the surrounding mountains and bodies of water. He was introduced to outdoor rock climbing at the age of 12, and climbed Mt Adams shortly there after. Since then, climbing has been a passion of his, and he’s been honing his skills in the Cascades ever since. In his spare time he enjoys alpine ventures, climbing at his local crags, and mountain biking. He has his AMGA Single Pitch Instructor certification and enjoys being able to introduce people into new and exciting landscapes through climbing.