Dan Hohl

I grew up in the powder-starved wasteland of Southern California, where nobody owns a ski touring setup, but seemingly everybody owns a convertible and tiny dog. Fortunately, my parents had an old A-frame ski cabin in the Sierra Nevada, and that is where my dad taught me to ski by abandoning me atop runs far beyond a three-year-old’s capabilities. After surviving this trial by fire, I attended the University of California, Berkeley, where I was introduced to rock climbing and ski touring. It was during this time that any semblance of a straight-and-narrow career path was lost.

Under the guise of continuing my education, I completed a Master of Science at the University of Utah, writing a thesis on the relationship between climbing, environmental advocacy and climate change. I promptly moved to Colorado and dove into the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) certification process and continued my avalanche education through the American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE).

This will be my first season as a part of the Mountain Trip family. Additionally, I work as a climbing and mountaineering guide with Kent Mountain Adventure Center in Estes Park, CO, and guide backcountry snowcat skiing and ski touring, as well as instruct AIARE courses with Steamboat Powdercats in the winters.

I am working towards my AMGA Mountain Guide certification and have completed my AMGA Rock Guide Course, Alpine Guide Course, Ski Guide Course, and Ice Instructor Course. For me, the best part of guiding and instructing others is enabling more people to safely experience the joys of the mountains.

When I am not on the job, I can be found scheming over CalTopo, consuming potentially unhealthy amounts of coffee, and attempting to set the perfect skin track.

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