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 Level 1 Avalanche Course Leader
  • AIARE Level 2 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 Level 1 Avalanche Course Instructor
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Leave No Trace Trainer

Lee Lazzara

Talk about hitting the jackpot: Lee Lazzara made the move from suburban New Jersey to Utah at age 16 and has called the mountains home ever since. After groveling as a ski resort dishwasher, shoveling snow, and doing hot tub maintenance, Lee finally graduated to ski patrolling and mountain guiding. He finished the IFMGA international guiding certification in 2013, and also works with the Northwest Avalanche Center as a Professional Observer for the Mt. Baker area.

Credentials
  • AMGA Certified Alpine Guide
  • AMGA Certified Ski Guide
  • AMGA Certified Rock Guide
  • IFMGA International Mountain Guide
  • AIARE Level 3 Avalanche Certified
  • AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course Leader
  • AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course Leader
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Leave No Trace Trainer

Matt Sellick

After attending college in Washington, Matt took to the road for two years to follow his passions of climbing, skiing, and traveling. He worked as a Wilderness Therapy Guide, which afforded him time to wander the Southwest and turn his leisure activities of yoga, climbing, and fly-fishing into a lifestyle. Matt left his job as a Wilderness Therapy Guide to take the AMGA Rock Guide Course, and relocated to the Pacific Northwest.

Credentials
  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
  • AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • AIARE Level 2

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. The past eight years 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 Single Pitch Instructor
  • AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course
  • AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course Instructor
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Leave No Trace Trainer

Tristan Niemier

Tristan Niemier is a certified AMGA Single Pitch Instructor. He primarily leads the Mt. Erie climbing portion of the Climb & Kayak Program. Tristan grew up in Bellingham and was climbing before he could read. He has experienced the Northwest in many of its different aspects, including rock and alpine climbing, mountain biking, windsurfing, kayaking, and most recently split-boarding. When not guiding, Tristan endeavors to train his dog in basic leave-no-trace principles.

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

Zack McGill

Zack has worked for several outdoor education programs and guide services since 2010. Most notably, he worked for the Colorado Outward Bound School for 7 years as a lead instructor, course director, and staff trainer on trips ranging from 8 to 52 days in the backcountry. On these courses, he taught everything from crevasse rescue and glacier camping to rock climbing and mountaineering. Zack loves the Pacific Northwest and is excited to bring his knowledge to Baker Mountain Guides.

Credentials
  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
  • AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course
  • 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 Level 2 Avalanche Course
  • AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Instructor
  • Wilderness First Responder

Colin Ferris

Colin Ferris grew up in Seattle. He attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, and graduated with a degree in Outdoor Leadership. During college, Colin worked as a glacier guide for the Beyond Malibu Young Life program in British Columbia. He is a passionate skier, and lives for steep and deep days in the Mt. Baker backcountry. Currently, Colin is pursuing a dual career as a guide for Baker Mountain Guides and a firefighter for Kent Fire Department.

Credentials
  • AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course
  • Remote Emergency Medical Technician

Jenni Minier

Jenni Minier’s passion for being in the mountains is both an asset and detriment to her work with Baker Mountain Guides. When she’s not tied to the computer or on the phone, you will find her in the North Cascades, trying to squeeze three-day trips into two. Jenni is responsible for managing permits, outreach, and operations. Her Masters in Natural Resource Management provides her with an insightful perspective on the industry.


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