WHEN YOU THINK OF ALPINE TERRAIN IN THE UNITED STATES one of the first ranges that comes to mind is the Tetons. The dramatic and iconic skyline has inspired countless climbers to head to northeast Wyoming to test their skills in this beautiful craggy arena. In 1967, it was these peaks that inspired the creation of The Mountain Guides, a guiding service based in the infamous mountain town of Jackson. Since its inception, TMG has become one of the most revered guiding services in the U.S., taking clients on climbs throughout the West and abroad.
Working in the country’s most rugged terrain and encountering every type of weather imaginable, The Mountain Guides are the perfect partner to test Mountain Hardwear’s clothing and equipment. Their partnership has lasted many years now, and dozens of experienced guides have put Mountain Hardwear gear to the test, offering critical feedback that has helped refine gear to meet the high demands of their challenging profession.In particular, ice and alpine climbing trips require the most skill and experience, and thus are the best times to hire a guide. Hiring TMG can allow you to skip much of the uncertainty of route finding, permits, or gear needed to safely enjoy your adventure. Instead you can enjoy your adventure with the knowledge that your guide knows what she’s doing. We caught up with Paul Rachele, who’s been with The Mountain Guides for 7 years to ask them some questions about their winter and alpine ice programs so you can have your own winter alpine adventure.