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Jacob Schmitz

My love for the outdoors started as a young kid growing up in Southern California, spending weekends camping with the family and rock climbing in the Boy Scouts. In the late 90s, I moved to Yosemite, where my passion for big walls and long alpine routes flourished. After living the “dirtbag climber” lifestyle, I started an apprenticeship guiding in Alaska and Argentina. After years of gaining experience and working on my craft, I became a certified Alpine Guide from the American Mountain Guide Association. I’ve been fortunate to guide many wonderful guests in the Cascades, Tetons, and worldwide. I’ve led over 70 expeditions to peaks over 6,000meters, guiding the “Seven Summits,” including five expeditions to Mount Everest. Helping my guests achieve their goals is one of the most rewarding aspects of guiding. When I am not in the mountains, I live in The Netherlands with my wife Anne and our two daughters.