Backpacking/Mountaineering Guide (Experienced)

Lead backpacking guides facilitate backpacking and mountaineering trips in the Olympics and North Cascades for our Spokane and Seattle area programs. This position requires previous experience in rock climbing and backpacking. Some experience leading trips is preferred, but not required.

Job responsibilities include teaching participants basic rock climbing techniques, backcountry camping and mountaineering, leading group discussions, and facilitating Leave No Trace practices, risk management, and decision making. You will also supervise client gear check out and check in, and manage food preparation and shared gear and equipment.

Season Commitment: Full time, June 1, 2020-August 31, 2020 (End date flexible)

Compensation: $1000 – $2,000 stipend, depending on leadership experience, with the option to fundraise support with the help of Peak 7. Wilderness First Responder Course and Wilderness Instructors Course. Food and housing provided.

Ascent Guide Requirements:
  • Commitment to Jesus Christ reflected in your life
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Washington State Food Handlers Permit (Reimbursed by Peak 7 Adventures)
  • Physically fit with the ability to hike and climb long distances in all weather conditions while carrying 40 lbs or more.
  • The ability to handle the physical, mental, and emotional challenges of working with clients and fellow guides in difficult terrain, poor weather, and for extended periods of time
  • Doctor’s physical within the last two years

  • Previous outdoor leadership experience
  • Experience mountaineering, rock climbing, or backpacking
  • Respect and understanding for the highly diverse cultures and populations we serve
  • Reading “Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills” book prior to start of season
  • The ability to stay positive and motivate others to overcome challenges
  • Passionate about inviting others into the world of outdoor adventure.