Karl Welter

I started loving adventure at a young age in Wisconsin. Backpacking, family ski trips, fishing and hunting stoked the fire. I was determined to live a mountain life, so after attending college where I studied geography, I moved to Colorado’s San Juan Mountains in 2006.

I’ve guided wilderness therapy, backpacking, climbing and skiing ever since, and work as a member of the Telluride Ski Resort Ski Patrol during the winter. Instructing AIARE’s Avalanche Level 1 courses has been a fun sideline winter job. I’m an AMGA aspirant ski guide and have guided ski descents around the world, including a West Buttress ski expedition in 2021. I also love paragliding, especially in Telluride.

Ed Abbey is my favorite author and Jack White’s my man for rock n’ roll. I started with Mountain Trip for the 2015 season, and I hope to continue being a part of this awesome family.

Food for thought: Never miss a sunset.

“More tape is better. Gravity isn’t just a good idea, it’s the law!”

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