We Are Baker

Baker Mountain Guides is a family owned and operated company based in Bellingham, WA. This is a region marked by serrated peaks, immense glaciers, and the world’s most abundant snowfall. It’s a backdrop that practically cries out for adventure. At Baker, we make that adventure possible.

In both our adventures and courses, our focus is always on you, our guest. Our deep, local knowledge and flexible approach enable us to personalize your trip for a truly unique experience. Beyond adventure, we give you the opportunity to make unexpected and inspiring discoveries—both on the mountain and within yourself.

Our Values

  • Wisdom

    Our depth of experience is leveraged through practical insight and understanding.

  • Reliability

    We can be counted on to make good on our commitments—and beyond—without fail.

  • Flexibility

    We are dynamic and accommodating, quickly adapting to changing needs and conditions.

  • Courage

    We are confident in our abilities and exhibit bravery in the face of danger.

  • Empathy

    We have compassion for those we serve, and assist them however needed.

  • Stewardship

    We are obligated to act responsibly regarding the environment in which we work.


Beyond Adventure

Baker Mountain Guides creates meaningful life experiences for those we serve through guided mountain adventures and courses centered on safety and environmental stewardship.


Stewardship

At Baker, we work to keep the wilderness wild by partnering with organizations to promote conservation and citizen science programs. We promote Leave No Trace principals, and practice what we preach. We always leave the landscape in better shape than we found it, and help teach future generations to do the same.


Our Guides

John Minier

John Minier is Owner and Lead Guide at Baker Mountain Guides. Originally from Alaska, he has a deep appreciation for wild and mountainous places. After moving to the lower 48 some 20 years ago, his passion led him to guiding and outdoor instruction. Since 2004, he has worked across the western U.S. as a rock guide, alpine guide, ski guide, and avalanche instructor. John eventually ended up in Bellingham, where he is right at home at Mt. Baker and the world’s deepest snowpack.

Credentials
  • AMGA Certified Ski Guide
  • AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor
  • AIARE Level 3 Avalanche Certified
  • AIARE Avalanche Course Leader
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Leave No Trace Trainer

Kyle Dungan

Kyle Dungan has been privileged to share in a number of memorable experiences in the mountains, from skiing in the Cascades and the Alps, to exploring quieter regions of Central Asia and Alaska. A passion for learning and sharing his experiences with good company is what fulfills him when exploring the backcountry.

Credentials
  • AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor
  • AIARE Level 3 Avalanche Certified
  • AIARE Avalanche Course Leader
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Leave No Trace Trainer

Matt Sellick

Matt grew up in Ohio and went to college in Washington where he quickly discovered climbing. He stayed west after school pursuing a career in mountain guiding. Matt sees mountain travel as the locus for his passions of climbing, wellness, and adventure. He enjoys photography, fly fishing, cooking, and reading when he is recovering for the next climb. Matt is currently pursuing certification as a full IFMGA Mountain Guide.

Credentials
  • AMGA Certified Rock Guide
  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
  • AIARE Pro 2 Avalanche Certified
  • AIARE Avalanche Course Instructor
  • Wilderness First Responder

Nick Vincent

After a short stint in corporate America, Nick “Vince” Vincent moved to Vail, Colorado and embraced the life of a ski bum. Seeking quality time in the mountains, he soon found himself as an intern at the Colorado Outward Bound School. After 7 seasons as an instructor, staff trainer, and semester proctor at COBS, Vince transitioned into guiding, with backcountry skiing and avalanche education being his passion and focus. Vince now calls Bellingham home and is excited to share the Cascades with his clients. Learn more about Vince HERE.

Credentials
  • AIARE Level 3 Avalanche Certified
  • AIARE Avalanche Course Leader
  • Wilderness First Responder

Mike Elges

Mike Elges discovered the world of climbing while studying Outdoor Recreation Leadership at Colorado Mountain College. Climbing quickly became an obsession for Mike, along with the pursuit of mountain craft as a career and way of life. Mike’s adventures have taken him all over the world, including ice/rock climbing in the Northeast, big wall routes in Yosemite, ski descents in Colorado and Washington, climbs in Alaska, and international expeditions in Peru and Thailand.

Credentials
  • AMGA Certified Rock Guide
  • AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor
  • AIARE Pro 1 Avalanche Certified
  • AIARE Avalanche Course Instructor
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Leave No Trace Trainer

Zack McGill

In a past life, Zack worked as an elementary school teacher helping small humans understand feelings, and for several outdoor education programs and guide services. Most notably, he worked for Outward Bound for 7 years as a lead instructor, course director, and staff trainer on trips ranging from 8 to 52 days in the backcountry of Alaska, Colorado, and Ecuador. Learn more about Zack HERE.

Credentials
  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
  • AIARE Pro 2 Avalanche Certified
  • AIARE Avalanche Course Leader
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Leave No Trace Trainer

Gregg Oliveri

Gregg Oliveri has climbed extensively throughout both North and South America, and has participated in expeditions to Nepal, India, China and Pakistan. Guiding work has taken him to Canada, Mexico and Nepal. Gregg spends his weekends and holidays backcountry skiing and exploring the Cascades and mountains of British Columbia. Gregg’s degree in exercise science underpins his deep interest in athletics and performance. He has a great enthusiasm for learning, teaching and for passing knowledge on to his students.

Credentials
  • AIARE Pro 1 Avalanche Certified
  • AIARE Avalanche Instructor
  • Wilderness First Responder

Matt Lubar

Matt grew up in the Front Range of Colorado where he began skiing and rock climbing. He moved to Bellingham in 2014 for college, and after interning for Baker Mountain Guides for a summer, he found his way into the Operations Manager position. Now, he works full time guiding and teaching avalanche, rock, and mountaineering courses. In his free time, he can be found pulling down on Index granite way harder than you can, but doing it so gosh darn modestly.

Credentials
  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
  • AIARE Pro 1 Avalanche Certified
  • AIARE Avalanche Course Instructor
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Leave No Trace Trainer

Jenni Minier

Owner

Jenni brings a blend of owner, guide, mom, and mystic to the Baker Mountain Guides family. Her background in environmental science and natural resource conservation fuels her drive to bring conservation and recreation to the same table. She is currently exploring the boundaries of the human relationship with recreation and what that might bring to our experience in the backcountry and beyond. Learn more about Jenni HERE.

Derek Esposito

Derek developed an early love for the mountains growing up hiking and skiing in the Adirondacks. Then he juggled work as a NOLS climbing and mountaineering instructor with a career in the solar industry. For the past few years, Derek was guiding year round in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains while also guiding trips up big mountains in Nepal, Ecuador, and Alaska. Now living in Bellingham, Derek is stoked to be growing roots in the PNW!

Credentials
  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
  • AIARE Pro 1 Avalanche Certified
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Leave No Trace Trainer

Phil Straub

Phil grew up in New England before moving west to pursue life in the mountains. He is dedicated to backcountry travel and education. Phil worked for seven years with Prescott College instructing avalanche and alpine climbing courses, has done extensive research in snow science and meteorology, and has guided throughout the West. His favorite adventures have been expeditions to the central Alaska Range. He’s our resident weather enthusiast and can often be found drinking coffee, poring over weather models, and attempting to negotiate with the atmosphere.

Credentials
  • AIARE Pro 1 Avalanche Certified
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Leave No Trace Trainer

Alyssa Young

Operations Manager

Alyssa grew up in Northern California and now calls the North Cascades her home. She brings her background in guiding, search and rescue, and expeditionary logistics coordination to her role as Operations Manager. Alyssa is a dedicated backcountry skier and has worked on skis in Colorado, Idaho, and Arizona. She loves moving through the mountains, avalanche education, and the stories of people and place. Ask her about alpine flora, horsepacking in Patagonia, risk psychology, or her latest creative endeavors.

Hisham Khayyat

Equipment Manager

Hisham aka “Heesh” comes to us from the great shrubsteppe of Eastern Washington. After spending a number of years cutting his teeth climbing and skiing across the Western United States, Heesh found his way to Bellingham. Heesh has experience guiding in Utah and California and a background in the first responder world. When he isn’t climbing committing alpine routes, shredding the gnar, or coiling our ropes Heesh can be found foraging for edible mushrooms and berries.


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