Photo by: Jayson Simons

Take Your Dream
Trip This Year

Yes, it’s possible. Are you ready to commit? My name is Rob Smith. I am an accomplished alpinist and UIAGM/IFMGA mountain guide. I work exclusively with committed climbers and skiers who are interested in venturing up the world’s most stunning and formidable mountains. Whether you want to climb the North Face of the Eiger or tick off your first 5.12, I can help you get there—fast.

 

A climber on the North Face of Mount Temple
Photo by: John Price

Custom Coaching

Most people (even very talented climbers) are not used to pushing themselves to their mental and physical limit. I will get you there. Achieving peak performance is possible only with dedication, practice, and accountability. Climbing with me allows you to work on your strengths and your weaknesses—mentally and physically—in a safe and controlled environment. There are a number of good training programs available to climbers today, but often these programs fall short in truly preparing clients for big objectives.

3 Core Principles

 

My coaching program is built on three core beliefs born
from 15+ years of experience:

1. Get Mental. 90% of your success, especially in the alpine or at extreme elevations, is determined by your mental fortitude. Our time together will reflect this reality.

2. Get Outside. Real training does NOT look like a set of squats or an enduro session at the climbing gym. We will train by climbing outside together, one-on-one. Expect to run many laps on terrain that will hone skills specific to your objective.

3. Get Knowledgeable. Since I’ll be by your side as we push your comfort zone, I will be able to identify and assess your strengths and weaknesses. Every day is followed by a thorough debrief designed to concentrate your focus and give you the knowledge and power to make great progressive leaps.

I’ve seen this custom coaching method work again and again. It’s prepared my clients to climb 5.12 as well as reach the summits of K2, The Mooses Tooth, Alpamayo, and many others. Even if you’re embarking on a massive project, like an 8,000-meter peak or a multi-day technical alpine route such as the Cassin Ridge on Denali, I am able to provide a complete regimen and coach you through every step. I am committed to spending weeks and often even months with my clients so that they are fully prepared and poised to succeed. Most clients combine these preparatory coaching efforts with my custom guiding services to enhance consistency and trust through the entire planning and expedition experience.

Photo by: John Dickey
Photo by: John Dickey

Custom Guiding

I am internationally licensed as an alpine, rock, and ski mountain guide by the UIAGM/IFMGA. This certification opens special opportunities to my clients in some of the world’s most amazing and serious mountain terrain. I’ve coached, guided, climbed and snowboarded all around the world, from the Alps to the Rockies, and from Patagonia to Alaska. In the tradition of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association, I have immense passion and local knowledge, no matter the venue. Let’s partner for your next trip of a lifetime!

Photo by: Jonathan Griffith
Photo by: Jonathan Griffith

Areas of Expertise

Alpine Climbing
Rock Climbing
Ice/Mixed Climbing
Ski Touring
Splitboard Touring

Locations

  Colorado
Alaska
Canadian Rockies
British Columbia
Chamonix

Price

$500-$750 / day

Each coaching/guiding day is unique and fully customized to best suit your goals and desired outcomes. My daily rate ranges from $500–$750 depending on location, objective, and complexity.