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Mike grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, where he spent summers working as a lifeguard and rifle instructor at a Boy Scout camp. He spent the rest of the year dreaming about his family’s annual ski trip to Colorado. Right after high school, Mike moved to Colorado to hone his skiing skills and to be closer to the mountains.

Colorado Mountain School Guide, Mike Coyle, leads an alpine pitch on a guided climbing adventure.

During college, Mike worked seasonally as a ski instructor and raft guide. Mike started rock climbing while working on his degree in adventure education at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He began working for the Colorado Outward Bound School shortly after college and has since guided on peaks like Rainier, Denali, and Aconcagua. He’s spent the last decade climbing and skiing as much as possible, from long rock routes in the desert to frozen waterfalls in Colorado and glaciated peaks in Washington, Alaska, and Argentina, to skiing narrow couloirs all over the West.

Mike loves sharing his passion and knowledge of the mountains and the outdoors. He uses his background in experiential education to foster an appreciation of our wild places, help others learn new skills, and to create unforgettable experiences.

Mike is a Wilderness First Responder, an AIARE avalanche instructor, and an IFMGA / AMGA Mountain Guide.


“Well Organized, Professional, and Safe”

I recently completed the Intro to mountaineering course. It was an amazing experience. Very well organized, professional, and safe. Our guides; Mike Coyle and Josh Burke where extremely knowledgeable. They had a great way of keep the intimidation factor down, while making sure we were prepared to execute the objective. I plan on using CMS in the future.

- Ron Tribendis

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