Meet Our Team
Lead Guide, Tyler
Tyler is an avid adventurer and a PCGI certified single pitch guide. He has spent the last five years climbing all over North America. His travels have allowed him to explore the icy expanses of the Alaska Range, the awe-inspiring desert of Southern Utah, the rugged peaks of Montana, and many more amazing areas.
Tyler is extremely passionate about learning all there is to know about the outdoor activities he pursues so rigorously. He is a firm believer in being prepared for anything that can happen which is why he is a Wilderness First Responder as well as being a Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue and AIARE Avalanche Level 1 trained. Tyler’s appetite for learning has since evolved into a desire to teach making the career of a guide that much more alluring to him.
When he is not clinging to rock faces, Tyler enjoys a variety of other outdoor activities. Snowboarding, ice climbing, backpacking, fishing, and hunting are just a few, but his true passion lies in alpine mountaineering. He has a great group of adventurous friends and an amazing girlfriend that make getting after it all that much easier.
Assistant Guide, Jason
Jason, a PCGI trained guide, brings 17 years of climbing experience to AIC, from bouldering at historic Stoney Point in California to topping out on the majestic Devils Tower in Wyoming, and even competitive climbing indoors. Getting his start in an experimental program at his high school and later teaching classes at a local park district climbing facility he has spent many years learning techniques specifically on safety.
Jason is not only well taught on the best practices used to climb safely, but has a wealth of experience teaching techniques to beginning climbers to get them to the top of their first route, and advanced climbers pushing to their next grade. Jason became a guide as an outlet to share his love of climbing and outdoors with others. Jason is extremely well versed at helping beginning climbers take their first moves off the ground; and his passion for climbing is infectious.
When Jason isn’t guiding or climbing himself he can often be found on one of his bikes racing at his local BMX track or competing in road crits. In the winter Jason is an avid snowboarder who volunteers time guiding blind skiers and working with disadvantaged youth to get them snowboarding for the first time.
Assistant Guide, Abbie
When Abbie was little and you asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, “a rock climber” was always the answer. She started climbing 10 years ago in Colorado and eventually moved back home to Iowa. Locally, she enjoys climbing at Mississippi Palisades and embraces the chance to venture off to Wisconsin, Illinois, Kentucky, or back to Colorado whenever she can.
Abbie has had the opportunity to work with many great groups through the years and pass along her knowledge and passion for climbing. She is always ecstatic to learn new things and push herself a little harder, while always keeping a smile on her face.
When Abbie isn’t rock climbing, the chances are good you can find her doing something else in the wilderness. She is an avid outdoors-woman and enjoys trail running, hiking, ice climbing, snowboarding, kayaking, camping, cycling, or just scaling an icy ledge with her son on her back.