Thanks for taking the time to read. I’m avoiding rejection from peer-review committees and editors through this, my personal blog. These are my thoughts about the sports I pursue, my work as a mountain guide, and attempts at creative writing that is often tied into those first two themes. Please feel free to comment on my writing or contact me regarding guiding.

The adventures, bruises, scrapes, techniques, recommendations and opinions expressed in belong to Chris Simmons of Snohomish, Washington; Bishop, California, and Vallejo, California. I started skiing at age 4, climbed my first peak at age 13, tied into my first lead at age 18, and guided my first client at age 26. I have climbed and skied on five continents, and still haven’t been to Africa or Europe. But I’m working on that.

My full resume can be seen here. My online resume and this link to it are still in draft mode and may not function. Stay tuned.

I am a member of the following organizations and hold these certifications:
AMGA Certified Alpine Guide
AIARE Level III Avalanche Certification and Level I Instructor

Bio:  Feeling the Sound, Living the Bay

Chris Simmons is a professional mountain guide, specializing in alpine climbing and backcountry skiing. He has climbed and skied in Asia, North America, South America, New Zealand, and Antarctica. A Certified Alpine Guide from the American Mountain Guide Association, Chris is also working to earn his international certification from the International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations. He also has a Level III Avalanche Certification and is a Level I Instructor from the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education. His expedition experiences include skiing from 7546 meters on Mustagh Ata, ice climbing in Sichuan, clipping bolts in Mexico, and spending an unexpected night on the East Face of Mt. Awful in the Southern Alps. Chris has first ascent climbs and first ski descents in the Cascades, Sierra Nevada, and Antarctica. Working year-around in America as a guide requires Chris to work for multiple employers – last year’s tax return listed five – but he works principally for Sierra Mountain Center of Bishop, California; and is starting this year at Alpine Meadows Ski Area. In December 2006 Chris earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Fairhaven College of Western Washington University, with a concentration entitled Adventure Ecotourism Small Business Management.
Chris and his partner Patsy, dog Montana, and a couple of random cats live in Vallejo, California while Patsy attends graduate school. Everyone – except perhaps the cats – are looking forward to Patsy completing her studies so they can move closer to the mountains.

Contact Me:

206.715.7589 – cell/home/personal office

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Linked In: Chris Simmons

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