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We are an international climbing and skiing guide service owned and operated by UIAGM / IFMGA Certified Mountain Guides Kathy Cosley & Mark Houston. We specialize in small-group and custom climbing and skiing trips and expeditions to the great alpine destinations of the world. Our programs include mountaineering, rock and ice climbing, expeditions and ski mountaineering.

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Kathy & Mark

 

Upcoming Trips

Alps
Summer
Climbing

We spend every summer guiding in our backyard, the Alps. Let us know if you think you might like to join us.

June - September, 2014

Climbing
Les Calanques

Les Calanques are the French Riviera's answer to the fiords of Norway–deep canyons of limestone dropping down in the gentle Mediterranean. Climbers have been enjoying the rock, the beaches and the water for over 100 years. In October and November, the weather is usually wonderfully warm, the sun is out and Les Calanques becomes a fantastic place to store up memories and sunshine before a long, cold winter.

October and November

Chamonix
Off-piste

After our return from Argentina at the end of January, we'll jump right into the Chamonix off-piste season. Lots of options for either lift-served or touring.

February and March, 2015
St. Moritz
to Davos
Albula Traverse

Just north of St-Moritz and the Julier Pass, and southwest of the Silvretta Group is a ski touring paradise called the Albula. We start this trip with a one day descent from the Diavolezza before continuing on to spend an additional 6 days of touring, connecting St. Moritz to Davos. Mostly north-facing, the descents are amazingly good.

March, 2015

Silvretta
Ski Tour

The Silvretta group straddles the border between Italy and Austria. Our 5-day tour starts on the Austrian side and visits 3 huts, the Heidelberger, the Jamtal and the Wiesbadener. This is a prefect choice as an introduction to ski touring in the Alps, with comfortable huts (showers, again!) and superb touring terrain.

March, 2015
Verbier
Haute Route
Ski Tour

This is the classic Chamonix to Zermatt ski journey. Our 8-day program starts with a day of off-piste in Chamonix (usually the Vallée Blanche) and cruises into Zermatt a week later. We'll stay at the Trient, Mont Fort, Prafleuri, Dix and Vignettes huts as we wind our way through the highest and most impressive section of the Alps.

April, 2015
Berner
Ski Tour

The Berner Oberland is a vast complex of giant valley glaciers and big peaks. This country looks more like Alaska, with immense glaciers, big icefalls and long descents. Unlike Alaska, however, there are comfortable huts and easy access from the Jungfraujoch train. 6 days of skiing, staying in a new hut every night (except the two we spend in the very nice Finsteraarhorn hut.

May, 2015
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"Guide(s) of the Year" for 2005
by the American Mountain Guides Association
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Kathy Cosley & Mark Houston
UIAGM Internationally Licensed Mountain Guides

AMGA Certified • SNGM members
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