Colorado Mountain School guide, Justin Studt, skis along a snowy ridge.

Justin was born and raised in Kansas City, MO, where he competitively raced BMX bikes. He moved to North Carolina for college. This is where he was introduced to rock climbing. After graduating college, he moved to Colorado in 1999 and began his career in construction as an Operations Manager, managing 250 employees and over 20 million in sales annually. Outside of the office, Justin could be found climbing in Eldorado Canyon multiple times per week. In 2007, Justin moved to Boone, NC to run a startup construction company. While he was building a company, he also took interest in pre-hospital medicine, completing an EMT-Basic course and volunteering with a local rescue agency. He eventually became a paramedic, working on an ambulance part time. During his free time, Justin was involved in the Boone mountain biking community. Justin returned to Colorado in 2012, working as a ski patroller and paramedic, the start of his journey into avalanche education. Justin has been working as a guide and educator for the past few years, where he enjoys connecting with clients and helping them increase their enjoyment in the mountains.

Justin is an AIARE Course Instructor, an American Mountain Guides Association Certified Single Pitch Instructor, an AMGA Apprentice Ski and Alpine Guide, he holds a Professional Mountain Bike Instructor Association (PMBIA) Level 1 certificate, an American Avalanche Association Professional Level 2 certificate, a Wilderness First Responder and Paramedic certificate.

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“Thank You for Being a Great Teacher!”

Thank you for being a great teacher! I really appreciate you taking the time to talk through various scenarios, methods, and things like that. Going into the course I figured I would learn enough to participate in a day of outdoor climbing but afterward, I would feel confident setting up a route for friends to use safely. Now I just gotta get that strength up…

- Patrick Leone

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