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    Hiring A Mountain Guide Service

    Next year I'm interested in doing some sort of guided climb out West. Not sure exactly where yet. Thinking something like a Mt Whitney via the Mountaineering Route, something non-glaciated or just generally a "real" mountain where mountaineering skills (i.e. rock climbing with ropes and protection) are not a prerequisite for the trip. Basically I'd want to report to an office somewhere and meet up with someone who has handled all the legwork of permits, logistics, etc and takes me out on the climb.

    I'd imagine many people here have used guide services based on the vast amount of trips I have seen references to all over the globe. I'm curious how you go about finding a respectable guiding service and avoid the fly-by-night hack outfits as well as the wildly overpriced hand holding services. Anyone care to recommend a guiding company they have used in the past and were very happy with? What criteria did you use in the selection process? Anything you'd do differently if you hired another company? Any feedback on the subject would be appreciated.
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    I have hired guides, though not out West, so can't suggest a service. What I'd do differently: make sure you and the guide agree on the itinerary. I found that making assumptions ahead of time can lead to disputes in the field. I assumed that the hike out would be via route A. The guide refused and said it had to be by route B, which was shorter. I agreed in the end, as my route would have cost more in fees and time. Also, if you discuss the itinerary with the guide's boss, make sure the guide is on the same page with that discussion. Finally, if the guide will be cooking/providing food, make sure to declare your food preferences up front.
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    Do your research. There are good guides, not so good guides and really bad guides. Be sure you ask any guide service for a list of references from previous clients and speak with them personally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DayTrip View Post
    Next year I'm interested in doing some sort of guided climb out West. Not sure exactly where yet. Thinking something like a Mt Whitney via the Mountaineering Route, something non-glaciated or just generally a "real" mountain where mountaineering skills (i.e. rock climbing with ropes and protection) are not a prerequisite for the trip. Basically I'd want to report to an office somewhere and meet up with someone who has handled all the legwork of permits, logistics, etc and takes me out on the climb.
    If you were interested in learning basic mountaineering skills and summiting a real peak, the Exum Guides in the Tetons would be a good choice. A trip up South or Middle Teton would be fine for a beginner. Be careful about trying a 14,000 footer because some people have trouble adjusting to altitude.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jfb View Post
    If you were interested in learning basic mountaineering skills and summiting a real peak, the Exum Guides in the Tetons would be a good choice. A trip up South or Middle Teton would be fine for a beginner. Be careful about trying a 14,000 footer because some people have trouble adjusting to altitude.
    I'll check that out. The Tetons are one of the areas I've had on my "list of places I want to visit that I can actually afford" so that would work out nicely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DayTrip View Post
    I'll check that out. The Tetons are one of the areas I've had on my "list of places I want to visit that I can actually afford" so that would work out nicely.
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