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Since moving here from Boston to attend college in 1997, Mike has called Colorado home. After stints in various small ski towns throughout the state and a guiding career sparked by ten years teaching with Outward Bound in Colorado, he has settled down in the Boulder area as a full time guide for CMS.

Mike loves to ski and he can often be found in his ski boots eight months out of the year, whether searching for untracked lines or teaching avalanche courses. He loves climbing with skis on his back, and has ski descents of several 14ers here in Colorado. As a climber, Mike has traveled throughout North America searching for long trad climbs and high alpine objectives. He has guided big climbs near and far – from The Diamond on Longs Peak to Mt. McKinley – the tallest peak in the continental United States.

When not climbing or skiing, you can generally find him chasing his friends around the singletrack on a mountain bike. Mike is a certified IFMGA Mountain Guide. He holds an AIARE Level 3 Avalanche Certificate and is a Level 1 Avalanche Instructor. He is also a provider in the AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Program. Chat with Mike and follow his adventures by following him on his Facebook account.


“Highly recommend”

An excellent guided climbing experience! I went on a couple half-day climbs out at Eldorado Canyon with two different guides (Bernardo and Mike). Both are very professional, friendly and safe. Highly recommended if you’re looking for a guide in the Boulder area.

- Tom Lubanovic

“Successfully Meet Goal, After Goal, After Goal”

- Joe Castellano

“Unbelievably patient and professional”

I had a fantastic experience and would recommend this to anyone interested in learning more techniques to increase their safety and overall knowledge. Mike S. was unbelievably patient and professional! He was able to give me right amount of information based on my experience and build on it. Thanks for the great time! This is exactly what I wanted!

- Timothy Davis

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