AAG guides are a diverse group of mountain devotees. We love to share our passion for the outdoors in any setting, during all seasons. In addition to being committed to the outdoors, many of us also hold the following qualifications:
- Wilderness First Responder: WFR
- Emergency Medical Tech: EMT
- WildernessEmergency Medical Tech: WEMT
- Outdoor Emergency Care: OEC
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: CPR
Certifications and Memberships
- American Avalanche Association: AAA
- American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education: AIARE
- American Mountain Guide Association: AMGA
- International Federation of Mountain Guides Association: IFMGA
- Leave No Trace: LNT
- Mountain Rescue Aspen: MRA
- National Outdoor Leadership School: NOLS
- Professional Ski Instructors of America: PSIA
Stephen Szoradi, Managing Partner
Stephen began guiding with Aspen Alpine Guides in 2008 after moving from Switzerland where he spent the previous seven years training and working. In the summer, Stephen guides the regional 14,000 ft peaks, day hikes, rock climbs, as well as altitude training. In the winter, he is a backcountry ski guide, snowshoe guide and ski instructor for the Aspen Skiing Company.
Stephen is a Member of Mountain Rescue Aspen (MRA), an Individual Member and Single Pitch Instructor with the American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) and an Alpine Level I Instructor with the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA). He holds certifications as an Emergency Med Tech (EMT) and a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and has completed the AIARE Level II course and is a Level I Instructor with the American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE). Additionally he serves as a boardmember of the non-profit WeCycle, an Aspen bike share program, and more recently is a trustee on the Colorado Mountain Club State Advisory Board.
Tim Shortell, Partner
Tim has been wandering and guiding in the mountains of Aspen for almost 25 years. Originally from New England, he made his way west in search of a little more "elbow room" and never left. Preferring to stay in the backcountry Tim guides many of Aspen Alpine Guides' wilderness hiking, backpacking, and hut to hut trips. He also is a ski instructor at Aspen Highlands, a senior field instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School, and the outdoor program coordinator for Aspen Youth Experience, a non-profit organization working with at-risk youth from around the country. When not guiding or teaching Tim can usually be found fishing the streams near his cabin in the West Elk Mountains.
Madeline Fones, Operations
Madeline loves a good adventure. Shortly after graduating from St. Lawrence University with a bachelor's degree in Conservation Biology and Outdoor Studies, she migrated to Colorado to ski and be in the mountains. She made the Roaring Fork Valley her home in 2013, moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2013 and joined as AAG's Operations Manager in Fall of 2015.
Manasseh Franklin, Leave the Boys Behind Programming
Manasseh grew up among the forests and farmlands of Pennsylvania but calls the West home. She joined AAG in 2009 as a rock guide and has since evolved into web writer, marketing coordinator and Leave the Boys Behind programer. She enjoys all activities alpine, and loves to share the experience of the mountains with others.
Josh is an east coast transplant coming from the Gunks of New York. He has been guiding and teaching outdoor education since 1996, and has sucessfully completed the AMGA advanced rock guides course. He also holds a BA in Outdoor Leadership from Prescott College. Josh has complete several successful climbing expeditions in areas such as Cirque of Unclimbables, Yukon, and first free ascents in Patagonia, Argentina, and Mexico, Alaska. He has established over 150 first ascents of rock climbs to his credit in the desert southwest. He is currently working as a climbing ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Joda cut his teeth in the outdoor world while learning to climb the steep walls of The Gunks in NY. After completing his B.A. in English and Leadership, he spent three seasons climbing and teaching mountain safety in the Ladakh Range of Northern India. Joda has guided in India, Japan, Alaska, Washington, and throughout the Western U.S. He is a Wilderness First Responder, Leave No Trace Educator, holds an AIARE level II certification, and is an individual member of the AMGA working towards his Alpine certification.
Curt's rock climbing career began in the Midwest almost 20 years ago, where he grew up climbing the Quartzite rock cliffs of Devils Lake, Wisconsin. His passion for the mountains led him to Colorado where he enjoys sharing his knowledge of climbing and the outdoors with others. He is a current AMGA member with a SPI certification.
Raised in Colorado, Sarah has been exploring the wilderness in different ways her whole life. Through rock climbing, backpacking, backcountry snowboarding and skiing and mountaineering, she’s learned that being challenged and sometimes uncomfortable inspires the most personal growth. She loves to share the teachings that the mountains have shared with her, and after a lifetime of exploration she has yet to find a better classroom than our backyard here in Colorado. Since 2008, she has been climbing, teaching and guiding various wilderness sports and subjects. Her certifications and courses include: AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Wilderness First Responder, Avalanche Level One, and 400+ hours of Yoga Teacher certifications and trainings.
Nathan grew up in Washington State where the volcanoes of the Cascade Range were his playground and mentor. Settling in Colorado in 2000, Nathan has adopted the Elk Mountains as his new home and office. He has had many successful expeditions spanning the globe in such locations as the Tien Shan of Kyrgyzstan, Patagonia, the Andes, the Aleutian Islands, the Tordrillos, the Chugach, and the Southern Alps of New Zealand. Nathan is a member of Mountain Rescue Aspen (MRA), an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Remote Emergency Medical Technician (REMT), Medical Care Person in Charge (MCPIC), and has completed the AIARE Level II avalanche course.
Mike, owner of Glenwood Climbing Guides, is a dedicated climber with more than 250 first ascents to his name. When he isn't teaching students at Glenwood High School, he instructs rock and ice climbing, canyoneering, mountaineering, and climbing self rescue courses at Colorado Mountain College, in addition to wilderness medicine courses with Desert Mountain Medicine. He has been a certified AMGA Single Pitch instructor since 2003, and has completed the AMGA Rock Guide Course, Alpine Guide Course and Ice Instructor Course.
Jordan grew up playing in the mountains right here in Colorado. He got his first start climbing mountains at age five when he summited his first fourtneener. Since then he has put his time in learning the tricks and trades of the outdoor world. In summer, Jordan spends his as much time as possible in the high alpine with either his rock shoes or hiking boots on. In winter, it is hard to find a day when his feet aren't crammed into ski boots for some adventure or another. In 2009 Jordan became the youngest and the 5th person to ski from the summit of all 54 of Colorado's 14,000 foot peaks. Jordan also guides for Ski Arpa, catskiing down in Chile and is a member of Mountain Rescue Aspen.
John was born and raised in Cooperstown, NY where he enjoyed living a Tom Sawyer-like childhood. But when John discovered the granite spires of Wyoming's Tetons, Utah's red rock Desert Towers, and Colorado's high ridge-lined Rockies he moved his family West. He came to Colorado specifically to pursue a career in guiding and teaching rock climbing and mountaineering. John also guides snowshoe hikes and volunteers for Mountain Rescue Aspen.
- Colter Hinchliffe
- Carl Kishbaugh
- Brian Marsh- AMGA SPI
- Elisabeth Nemiec
- Buzz Patton
- Evan Pletcher
- Richard Rosenfield
- Lynn Sanson - AMGA SPI
- Sean Shean
- Riley Soderquist
- Anton Sponar
- Mary Frances Szoradi
- Pete Van Deventer
- Katie Van Deventer
- Gavi Weiner - AMGA SPI
- Mark Falender - IFMGA/UIAGM Rock Climbing, Alpine, Ski Mountaineering Guide
- John MacKinnon - AMGA Rock Climbing, Ski Mountaineering Guide
- Eric Whelwell - IFMGA/UIAGM Rock Climbing, Alpine, Ski Mountaineering Guide
- Mark Falender - AIARE Level I & II Course Leader, AAA Certified Instructor
- Deb Kelly - AIARE Level I Course Leader & Level II Instructor
- John MacKinnon - AIARE Level I & II Course Leader
- Scott Messina - AIARE Level I & II Course Leader
- Stephen Szoradi - AIARE Level I Instructor
- Katie Van Deventer - AIARE Level I Course Instructor
- Pete Van Deventer - AIARE Level I Course Instructor