From April 1 – November 1, 2023, Alpine Ascents International in partnership with Edgeworks Climbing will provide a series of free monthly Washington based field trainings, mentorship, and opportunities to join organized summit climbs and courses for six aspiring BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) guides. Upon successful completion of the field trainings, participants will receive free avalanche education, gear and equipment support, and career coaching. The goal is that all six participants of the program will join the guiding community.

Alpine Ascents International created the Guide Development Program to increase the representation of BIPOC individuals in the mountain guiding industry as well as the mountaineering world more broadly. The mountain guiding industry should be representative of the climbers we want to welcome into the outdoor space and provide role models for communities that have long been disconnected from wild places.

Comprehensive information about the program and application instructions can be found on the employment page of the Alpine Ascents website at https://www.alpineascents.com/about-us/employment-alpine-ascents-international/#bipoc-guide-development-program-

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Climbing Skills, Instruction and Guiding, Mountaineering Skills


Identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color)
Able to legally work in the United States

Required Skills:

Competence in overnight backcountry camping
One year of personal climbing experience
Familiarity with basic knots, belaying, and rappelling

About Alpine Ascents International

Alpine Ascents International is a leader in the mountain guiding industry and has been instrumental in setting precedent in the international guiding community since its inception in 1986. The company is based in Seattle, Washington and employs 80+ climbing guides.

Application Instructions

Please send a cover letter, outdoor resume, and the answers to the following three questions to [email protected] 1) How have your identities shaped your relationship with the outdoors? 2) What are your career goals and how will this program positively impact your career path? 3) How will this opportunity enrich your life outside of the mountains?