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Matt came to Colorado Mountain School with a passion for all types of climbing; rock, ice, alpine and skiing. He has climbed extensively in the Western United States, particularly the Wind River Range, Utah Desert, and Pacific Northwest. He began guiding in 2008 with the National Outdoor Leadership School, working over 120 weeks as a climbing, ski and mountaineering instructor. Matt has also taken 2 personal expeditions to Argentine Patagonia, summiting Fitzroy and several smaller peaks in the region.

Colorado Mountain School Guide, Matt Hartman, takes snow observation notes in his AIARE booklet during a snow pit analysis.

Matt’s mountain philosophy is simple — do what is best for the conditions and keep a dedicated path to being a well rounded climber. This has lead him to the Kumaon Himalaya in India, a quest to climb 100 desert towers, a ski traverse of the Wind River Range, first ascents in Colorado and Wyoming, and lots of sunny sport climbing. Matt has guided Denali (highest peak in N. America) several times and has taught over 60 AIARE Level 1 and 2 Avalanche Courses.