The Guides of AMA
All Mountain Adventures is an exclusive guide service hiring only IFMGA mountain guides that were trained and certified by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). All our guides where hand selected based on their safety record, performance on AMGA programs, consistent positive feedback from a broad cliental base, and their interpersonal skills. Take a moment to learn more about them below…
Keith founded All Mountain Adventures in 2005 with a simple goal in mind; To enrich peoples lives! By hiring only the best guides in the business and truly having a passion to see others succeed, we are proud AMA clients return year after year.
Climbing and skiing are a major part of Keith’s life as he spends 200+ days a year in the field. Currently a resident in Ridgway, Colorado, he enjoys the uniqueness of the San Juan’s and his proximity to the Black Canyon and Indian Creek. His second home is in the Alps. He regularly ventures over the Atlantic for spring tours and steep skiing in La Grave, France. In summer, he heads back for the golden granite and easy alpine approaches found around the Chamonix and Zermatt valleys…
Beyond AMA, Keith is a lead instructor for the AMGA (training mountain guides), is on the Technical Committee of the AMGA (creating guiding standards) and in 2008 received the “Guide of the Year” award for his outstanding efforts within the guiding community.
Dale is an internationally licensed IFMGA Mountain Guide and Technical Director of the AMGA. Dale’s high-end skills cover all disciplines of climbing including; sport, trad, mixed, ice and alpine. He’s competed in the invitation-only Ouray Ice Festival, and his extensive climbing experience includes routes throughout the lower 48, Alaska, Canada, Peru, Ecuador and Spain.
You are just as likely to find him working sport routes at Rifle, climbing long desert cracks at Indian Creek or seeking thin ice in the San Juan’s. Whatever his endeavor, his quiet determination and love of the mountains will generally ensure success with a smile on his face. Dale has been guiding for 18 years and resides in Louisville, Colorado with his wife and two cats.
Eric Larson is a well rounded IFMGA mountain guide based in Telluride, CO. In the winter, he splits his time between studying and mitigating avalanche hazard for the Telluride ski area and climbing frozen waterfalls around the San Juan’s. Come spring, Eric heads to the Alps and enjoys the hut to hut ski tours and off-piste skiing between Chamonix and La Grave. He has been an expedition leader on countless high altitude mountains in Asia, Tibet, North America, Antarctica, and South America. It’s remarkable to think he has been on the summit of Denali around two dozen times and has reached the altitude of 8201 meters on the summit of Cho Oyu. Eric brings nearly two decades of guiding experience to All Mountain Adventures and is an Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) technician.
Mark Puleio is a native New Englander whose lifelong passion for skiing naturally led him to a life in the mountains and exploration. He received a degree in Wilderness Leadership from Prescott College in Arizona in 1994, which provided a solid and diverse foundation to begin his career as a professional mountain guide. After working for a decade as a climbing instructor and guide, he attained his full IFMGA/UIAGM guide certification. Since moving to Vermont in 1996, he has helped create curriculum and instruct skill-focused leadership development programs for a number of local colleges and universities, focusing on technical climbing, skiing and avalanche awareness. These experiences complement and inform his guiding style by providing a broader understanding of experiential education and development for aspiring wilderness leaders. After 15 years, he recognizes his work more as a lifestyle than a job. The other gift that life as a guide and educator provides for him is time to pursue his grandest passion in life…family. When not guiding in the mountains, he is enjoying raising his children in a small village in the pastoral hills of Vermont.
Kent has extensive guiding experience in the realms of both climbing and skiing. He has worked as a helicopter ski guide in Alaska for the past 11 years, as well as in the Tordrillos of the Alaska Range, around Haines, Girdwood and extensively throughout Valdez. In addition to Alaska, Kent has recently guided helicopter ski trips in Greenland.
Kent has guided for years in his backyard of the Tetons, co-guiding an early ski descent of the Grand Teton with the late Doug Coombs. He has personally been able to take his passion for skiing to some interesting places around the world. He has skied throughout Europe, Canada, and South America. In 2005 Kent and Mark Newcomb ascended The Central Summit of 8000 meter Shishapangma in Tibet without oxygen, and completed the ski descent.
Kent has climbed El Capitan in Yosemite 6 times along with many of the other classics routes such as Astroman and various routes on The Nose. He recently co-guided Poincenot in Patagonia, South America. Kent is a fully certified UIAMG/IFMGA guide. He enjoys guiding throughout the world and specializes in working with private clients. He is capable and experienced in finding adventurous places to travel to, preparing thoughtful goals for his clients and helping them to develop their skills in the mountains.
The phrase “in the moment” could have been invented for Joe. Colorful, focused and energetic, Joe’s qualities shine through in both his personal interactions as well as his accomplishments: He’s an IFMGA/UIAGM internationally certified guide, a professional drummer with a B.A. in music, an accomplished whitewater kayaker and a professional extreme free skier. Whether safely guiding his clients up a pitch, delivering jokes the moment his client’s carabiner locks into the anchor, or hucking back flips on skis, Joe possesses a unique ability to instantly shift his undivided attention to the task at hand. Having spent his whole life living and dreaming of skiing, Joe’s competition resume is one of the most diverse you will find in Free Skiing. From big mountain extreme comps to slope style, USSA Bumps and Aerials, and over 40 half pipe competitions, Joe truly represents the breed of an all around skier. Averaging 200 days a year on snow, Joe can be found chasing snow anywhere, from your local urban rail, to a burly North Face in the Alps.
Before graduating from Colorado State University he spent three summers in Yosemite, where he’s climbed more than two dozen big walls. This experience took him to Peru in 2001, where he and his partner completed a major new route on The Sphinx. He’s climbed and skied throughout the Alps, Canada, Alaska and the lower 48, has appeared in major and minor ski films, Chevy and Ford commercials, Powder, Freeze, and Free skier magazine and was a member of the Copper Mountain Free Ride Ski Team for five years. His favorite place to ski is La Grave, France and he has spent his last 7 winters exploring and guiding on the steep north faces and endless couloirs of this steep skiing mecca. He is also an Alaskan Heli guide for Chugach Powder Guides in the Chugach and Alaskan Ranges. The rest of the year, when in the U.S. he guides for All Mountain Adventures and the Colorado Mountain School. What little time he has left, he spends working for the AMGA teaching and training the next generation of ski mountaineering guides.
Though some say he looks like a farmer, he really just prefers going by his last name. Farmer’s home is in Washington, however he spends most of his summers in the Chamonix valley, and his winters ski guiding in La Grave, France. He is an IFMGA/UIAGM certified mountain guide and has a solid background in all disciplines of climbing and skiing. This certification reflects his enthusiasm for sharing with others the challenges and subsequent rewards of moving through technical terrain in the mountains. He is a veteran of many Denali expeditions, holds a Level III avalanche certification and has EMT and OEC medical training. These qualifications, along with his B.S. in Geology, with which he says he can “B.S. about geology as long as you want,” form a core of competence which ensures a fun time in the mountains whatever the itinerary.
Geoff has been climbing and skiing for most of his life. His climbing experience has taken him all over the world from the magnificent rock climbing of North America to the high peaks around the globe. In 2008 he became an IFMGA/UIAGM certified guide by passing all his exams through the American Mountain Guides Association. He is a certified Rock, Alpine and Ski Mountaineering guide earning him the IFMGA credential. This achievement means that Geoff is trained and certified to guide at the highest standard in the world. Geoff is based in Moab, Utah USA, but makes trips to the Alps, Alaska, South America, Eastern Europe and Asia to guide clients of all ability levels.
Krista is a full time 4th grade teacher at Ridgway elementary school. In the little free time that she has she will help run AMA’s office.
Krista previously worked four years for the Colorado Mountain Club teaching outdoor education, leading field trips and coordinating logistics for kids of all ages. She has also shared her passion for the outdoors while working for the Colorado State Forest Service, Colorado Youth Program, and Northern Colorado Youth Naturally. Krista’s personal mission is to build awareness of natural places through hands-on science and recreation. Her outdoor interests include rock climbing, alpine climbing, skiing, and trail running. She is an AMGA Top-rope Site Manager, Wilderness First Responder, and holds a Level II Avalanche certification.