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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

Chamonix
Off-piste

Upon our return from family visits over the Christmas holidays, we'll jump right into the Chamonix off-piste season. Lots of options for either lift-served or touring.

February and March, 2015

Valle Maira
Italy

Pensione-based touring, "old world" Italy, fantastic food, powder snow in a less-visited corner of the Alps.

February 8 - 12, 2015
Queyras
France

This quiet corner of the Alps is known for powder snow and sunshine. Think "Colorado" with huts that have showers and a full bar. In our Queyras tour we spend 6 days skiing, staying in both hotels, gîtes as well as three nights in mountain refuges.

February 14 - 19, 2015

Silvretta
Ski Tour

The Silvretta group straddles the border between Italy and Austria. Our 6-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!) and superb touring terrain.

February 23 - 28, 2015
Ortler
Italy

This tour is one of our favorites. Great huts, fantastic ski descents, and big, glaciated peaks. We have 7 days of skiing starting and ending in Sulden, Italy. The daily routine: get up, enjoy a fine breakfast, climb another big peak, have a great ski down, shower, relax in the bar, dinner, to bed, and repeat. The perfect tour for skilled and adventurous skiers who enjoy their fun.

March 3 - 9, 2015

Vanoise
Haute Route

The large "ice cap" of glaciers of the Parc National de la Vanoise offer great touring terrain. Better still, the route travels in a south to north direction, giving light snow and great skiing on the many big descents. This 5-day traverse can be lengthened by spending several days exploring the immense downhill ski complex of the Trois Valleés.

March 13 - 17, 2015
Saint Moritz
to Davos
Albula Traverse

Just north of Saint 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 Saint Moritz to Davos. Mostly north-facing, the descents are amazingly good.

March 21 - 27, 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 1 - 8, 2015
"Plateau"
Haute Route

This is the hardest tour we do on a regular basis. The "Classic" Chamonix to Zermatt, traversing the Plateau du Couloir, with an added ascent, and (of course) descent of Mont Vélan. 8 days of skiing, with big days every day. Some serious vertical, up and down. For expert skiers, happy to push themselves.

By private arrangement in 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.

April 27 - May 2, 2015
Berner
Glacier Trek

This is the summer trek through the heart of the Berner Oberland. A 7-day hut-to-hut expedition though the vast complex of the largest glaciers in in the Alps. Similar in difficulty to the summer Chamonix to Zermatt Glacier Trek below, this adventure spends part or all of every day on large valley glaciers and among giant peaks more reminiscent of Alaska than the Alps.

July 12 -18, 2015
Glacier Trek
Haute Route

This is a challenging high altitude trek linking the Chamonix Valley and Zermatt. For much of this route we are on glaciers or off trail, on climbers paths and routes. We'll stay in mountain huts, rise early and enjoy long days in high alpine terrain. This 7-day route is distinctly more difficult than the "walker's" (non-glacier) route, but offers the rewards of a greater challenge.

July 28 - August 3, 2015

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, 2015

Rock 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
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Awards from the
American Mountain
Guides Association

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"Outstanding Guide Award" Kathy & Mark 2005

"Lifetime Achievement Award" Kathy Cosley 2013

"Lifetime Achievement Award" Mark Houston 2014

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Kathy Cosley & Mark Houston
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