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Meet Our Guides

About our Guides

Denver Mountain Guiding has been around since 2010, and our guides receive training by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) and are fully insured and permitted by Denver Mountain Guiding. Denver Mountain Guiding is very selective when hiring a new guide, we ensure you that your guide is not only qualified to take you climbing, but also a wonderful person to share your experience with and guide you through your day as you enjoy your climbing.


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Kevin Capps
Owner and Guide

Kevin has over 15 years of mountaineering and rock climbing experience throughout the United States and overseas as well. At the University of Missouri he was the Climbing Club President and spent most of his college days away on climbing trips guiding friends, club members, and professors alike. After college and guiding for a few years, he decided guiding was his passion and started Denver Mountain Guiding in 2010. Whether he’s leading an advanced multi-pitch climb or teaching a large group their first climbing lesson ever, Kevin is one of the most confident and reliable leaders you’ll find. His goal is to show others the pleasures and rewards of climbing in the mountains he loves. "Ever since my family and I took a guided climbing trip in the Grand Tetons when I was 14, I knew I wanted to be able to climb these mountains with the knowledge that I needed to do it myself, and one of my greatest joys is to teach others to climb through my own personal experience."

  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Wilderness First Aid and CPR certified
  • Rock Instructor Course, AMGA
  • Authored Rock Climbing Clear Creek Canyon, the guidebook for one of the most popular climbing destinations in Colorado and one of the places where we guide
  • Over 10 years of guiding experience
  • Climbs up to 5.14
  • Certified Single Pitch Instructor AMGA
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Laura Capps
Guide

Laura is an eighth grade math teacher, turned climbing guide, who loves crunching numbers and teaching kids. As of 2016, Laura started her own tutoring company called Math Matters Tutoring, so she has more time to guide, climb, and ski, while still being able to teach kids math. She enjoys climbing, skiing, and spending as much time in the mountains as humanly possible. She has over 12 years of rock climbing experience and has taught rock climbing for over 6 years at her climbing gym Atlanta Rocks when living in Atlanta. Laura will get you excited about climbing and spending time in the mountains and climbing your best. Her teaching skills transfer very well as a guide and her knowledge on climbing technique is vast

  • Wilderness First Aid Certified
  • Guiding for over 9 years
  • Coached Rock Climbing for 8 years
  • Climbs up to 5.13
  • Certified Single Pitch Instructor AMGA
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Ryan Campbell
Guide

Ryan is a Colorado native but did not find his passion for climbing until moving to southern Utah for school where he fell in love with the red rock desert. When he returned to Colorado in 1999 he began actively pursuing climbing, trying to learn as much as possible. He quickly developed a passion for teaching and sharing the sport of climbing with others and began guiding in 2004. He currently teaches rock climbing, ice climbing and canyoneering at Metropolitan State University of Denver for the Health Professions Department. He also sits on the Board of Directors for Climbing for Life, a local non-profit organization that provides climbing programs for local under-served youth. Ryan is passionate about teaching and helping others open doors to their own adventures.

  • Certified Rock Instructor - AMGA
  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Provider
  • Wilderness First Responder/AED/CPR
  • Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome in a day
  • Guiding and instructing for over 15 years
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Sean Smith
Guide

Sean is your definitive climbing nerd. Whether it is about gear or techniques, or the geology and the history of a route, Sean eats it up and will talk your ear off about it, if you let him. Sean has over 5 years of indoor and outdoor guiding experience, having coached youth and adults, including several national qualifiers, and most recently working with Movement Climbing and Fitness as well as guiding for Denver Mountain Guiding. His favorite part of taking guests into the mountains is sharing hidden views in classic climbing spots. Sean always puts safety first, along with the enjoyment of his guests, striving to leave lasting memories and smiles, and inspiring climbers to look forward to their next objective.

  • Certified Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA
  • Rock Guide Course AMGA
  • Alpine Guide Course AMGA
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Over 8 years of guiding experience
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Azissa Singh
Guide

Originally from upstate South Carolina, Azissa has come a long way in pursuit of the mountains. Her climbing career began in 2010 in western North Carolina and soon after she discovered her passion for guiding and instruction. She’s been making the westward push since and continues to spend time exploring the great climbing of as many western states as possible. Azissa is an AMGA certified Climbing Wall Instructor, Single Pitch Instructor, and Apprentice Rock Guide.

  • Advanced Rock Guide Course AMGA
  • Certified Single Pitch Instructor AMGA
  • Certified Climbing Wall Instructor AMGA
  • Rock Guide Course AMGA
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Guiding for over 6 years
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Nathan Sandidge
Guide

Nathan is a Denver native that has been passionate about climbing since attending college on the east coast, which has transformed into many adventures around the country. These travels have strengthened his love for the mountains and sharing it with others. The goal of each outdoor experience is to be memorable, unique, and engaging. Indoors, Nathan shares his love of climbing through working at the climbing gym in Golden as an instructor as well. Nathan's ambition for spending time in the mountains means that you are sure to run into him exploring the Front Range.

  • Certified Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA
  • Outdoor Emergency Care/BLS/CPRr
  • Guiding for over 3 years
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Daniel Birdwell
Guide

Daniel first learned to climb in the Pamir of Central Asia, where he grew up. It was there that he first developed a passion for exploration, always wondering what it would be like to see those lofty couloirs and peaks firsthand. His happy places are on long routes in tall mountains, where he loves the fresh air and alpine vistas. He loves sharing his passion for exploration with others, pointing out the beauty of the world’s mountainous places and teaching the skills of adventuring safely in the high country.

  • Certified Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA
  • Rock Guide Course AMGA
  • Wilderness First Responder, CPR and First Aid
  • AIARE level 1
  • Guiding for over 3 years
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Nate Schumacher
Guide

Nate has been climbing his entire life, getting his start at a climbing gym in Columbia, Maryland. He started to find his passion for instructing climbers over 10 years ago and has been working on honing the craft through professional development ever since. Nate moved to Colorado five years ago to be able to explore the amazing rock climbing this state has to offer. 

  • Outdoor Education AAS Degree- Red Rocks Community College
  • Outdoor Professional Cert. - Red Rocks Community College
  • Certified Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA
  • Rock Guide Course, AMGA
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • AIARE level 1
  • Paradox Indoor Facilitator 
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Carlyn Crispell
Guide

Carlyn was born and raised in the mountains of Colorado and to this day can’t get enough of the great alpine climbing, skiing and mountaineering to be found here. She has an MSci in Outdoor Education, has completed the AMGA Rock Guide Course and has been leading adventure pursuits since 2012. Whether it's getting them on the wall for the first time or sharing the technical skills required for them to become independent outdoor leaders, she loves seeing her clients empowered through climbing. Carlyn is a patient instructor and guide who is always stoked to get out and share her love of climbing! 

  • Certified Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA
  • Rock Guide Course AMGA
  • WFR
  • AIARE Pro 1 (will have as of February 27th, 2020)
  • MSCI in Outdoor Education at the University of Edinburgh
  • Guiding for over 4 years
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Joey Carrara
Guide

Growing up in Vermont, Joey was exposed to the world of outdoor adventure at a young age. Through is ultra runner dad, he was bred to move quickly and efficiently through the mountains. Like most millennials, Joey started his climbing career in a gym but quickly progressed outside after doing a semester with NOLS in the Pacific Northwest. He now enjoys hard sport climbing and bouldering but his true love is moderate adventure climbing. Joey sees the outdoors as the best place to learn about yourself through finding your limits, problem-solving, and the unique communication challenges that outdoor adventure provides. Joey is currently moving through the AMGA guide track and aspires to someday get his IFMGA pin.

  • Certified Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA
  • Rock Guide Course, AMGA
  • Alpine Guide Course, AMGA
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • AIARE II
  • Leave No Trace Instructor
  • Guiding for over 3 years
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Sarah Janin
Guide

Sarah Janin came from the Pacific Northwest growing up in the rainy town of Ketchikan, Alaska. Once a teenager, her family moved to another remote island of Orcas in Puget Sound Washington. These islands are where her immersion in the wild outdoors began. The saying of “once an island girl always an island girl” did not hold true for Sarah. At the age of 18, Sarah got a taste of Colorado when she went to visit her dad who introduced her to skiing and snowboarding. No longer was there an appeal to island life, but this transition to mountain life was her new found love. Sarah’s passion for snowboarding brought her to Vail where she lived for 17 years, exploring the mountains. During this time, living in the Vail Valley, her passions brought her to start guiding and instructing for a small company where she got introduced to 3 disciplines of guiding. Sarah first began to ski guide, which gave her the experience to become an AIARE avalanche instructor. From there she began rock guiding, which led her to get her first AMGA Single Pitch Instructor certification. With this experience, she began to guide ice climbing on the magnificent world-renowned frozen waterfalls of East Vail. While guiding, Sarah worked part-time on an ambulance as an EMT, which gave her the direction to become a Wilderness First Responder Instructor. Sarah moved to Boulder in 2018 and took her AMGA Rock Instructor Course to become an Apprentice Rock Guide.The AMGA track became her new path and she has now taken an AMGA Alpine Guide Course along with an AMGA Advanced Rock Guide Course.

  • AMGA Advanced Rock Guide Course
  • AMGA Alpine Guide Course
  • Wilderness First Responder Instructor
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Brent Smith
Guide

Brent loves sharing his passion for climbing with others. As the full-time Program Manager for local Earth Treks and Movement gyms, Brent has worked in the climbing industry since 2016 and has a wealth of instructing and coaching experience. He meets clients where they are and aims to help them grow and learn from their experiences along the way, from first-time outdoor climbs to training for long alpine routes. Finding confidence and fulfillment through climbing is Brent's ultimate goal for everyone that he has the pleasure of sharing a rope with.

  • Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA
  • Wilderness First Responder
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Sevve Stember
Guide

Stember is a mountain athlete that hails from northern Minnesota. He's practically Canadian. As a boy, he has fond memories of nordic skiing with his father in subzero temps, hiking in the Canadian Rockies, and climbing Oak trees. Depending on the season, you can find him skiing, trail running, or climbing. In the climbing world, he excels in all disciplines: sport, trad, alpine, speed, and bouldering. As a mountain runner, he's been blending his love of rock climbing with trail running to complete long ridge line traverses in the alpine setting. Recently, he's has partnered with Arno Ilgner, author of The Rock Warrior's Way, to offer applied mental training clinics. Since he's a bit neurotic, he tries to calm his nervous system with meditation, yoga, and cold showers/alpine lake swimming. The front range of Colorado feels like home and he's allowed his roots to take hold here./p>

  • Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA
  • Warrior's Way Instructor
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Anna LaSusa
Guide

Chicago born and Michigan raised, Anna started climbing when she moved to the San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado in 2015. Here, she gained training in outdoor education and has built a diverse instructional background from coaching competition climbing and instructing scuba diving. From traveling from the coasts of Thailand to the Amazon Rainforests of Peru, Anna has chosen to settle down on the Front Range of Colorado. She enjoys all types of climbing from rock to ice, and she places great importance on being a well-rounded climber. She is motivated by challenges and the sense of accomplishment that follows overcoming them. She strives to push herself to new limits and continue to progress in physical strength as well as technical skill development. Anna holds great value in practicing patience and respect when working with all clients, keeping in mind that everyone’s sense of adventure is different.

  • Certified Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA
  • NOLS WFR/CPR
  • AIARIE 1
  • PADI Divemaster 
  • PCIA CWI with Lead endorsement 
  • Guiding for over 2 years
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Evan Marsh
Guide

Evan has been climbing for over 12 years, and was first introduced to rock climbing on Arkansas sandstone. He has received his bachelor's degree in recreation services from the University of Northern Iowa. In 2009, he moved to Estes Park, CO so he could be closer to the mountains. Evan and his wife, Kathleen, live in Denver with their dog Cris, and are expecting their first child in July. In addition to guiding on rock outdoors, Evan enjoys working full-time on the leadership team at Übergrippen Indoor Climbing Crag in northeast Denver.

  • Certified Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA
  • Wilderness First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Guiding for over 3 years
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Jason Antin
Guide

Jason has had a genuine love of the outdoors his entire life. A native of New England, Jason gained a majority of his climbing experience at the Gunks in New York, on the granite cliffs of New Hampshire and on the alpine and ice routes throughout the White Mountains. His move to Colorado has him enthusiastically spending his free time partaking in rock, snow, and ice adventures all across the Front Range and beyond. Jason is highly trained in risk management, Wilderness First Aid, and Emergency Medicine. Most importantly, Jason’s goal in guiding is to provide a safe and positive experience that clients will talk about for years to come!

  • Certified Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Rock Guide Course AMGA
  • Completed The Leadville 100 Race multiple times
  • Accomplished a successful traverse of the Elk Range in under 2 days
  • One day ascent of The Nose on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park
  • Over 9 years of guiding experience

Denver Mountain Guiding's Guide Dogs

Murphy and Max are honorary guides here at Denver Mountain Guiding. While they might not be certified to bring you climbing, they are certified to make you happy. These dogs are available to accompany you on your day of rock climbing for an additional $25, for half days of climbing only.

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Murphy

Max

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