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We are an international climbing and skiing guide service owned and operated by UIAGM / IFMGA Certified Mountain Guides Kathy Cosley & Mark Houston. We specialize in small-group and custom climbing and skiing trips and expeditions to the great alpine destinations of the world. Our programs include mountaineering, rock and ice climbing, expeditions and ski mountaineering.

Thanks for visiting!


Kathy & Mark

 

Upcoming Trips

Silvretta
Ski Tour

The Silvretta group straddles the border between Italy and Austria. Our 6-day tour starts on the Austrian side and visits 3 huts, the Heidelberger, the Jamtal and the Wiesbadener. This is a prefect choice as an introduction to ski touring in the Alps, with comfortable huts (showers!) and superb touring terrain.

February 16 - 21, 2020

Tour du Soleil


This one is new for us for 2020. The Tour du Soleil straddles the Swiss/Italian border. We traverse from the Binntal hut, near the Nufenenpass, to Realp, not far from Andermatt. Sunshine, great huts, and lots of options.

April 6 - 12, 2020
Ortler,
Italy

This tour is one of our favorites. Great huts, fantastic ski descents, and big, glaciated peaks. We have 7 days of skiing starting and ending in Sulden, Italy. The daily routine: get up, enjoy a fine breakfast, climb another big peak, have a great ski down, shower, relax in the bar, dinner, to bed, and repeat. The perfect tour for skilled and adventurous skiers who enjoy their fun.

April 15 - 21, 2020
Berner Ski

The Berner Oberland is a vast complex of giant valley glaciers and big peaks. This country looks more like Alaska, with immense glaciers, big icefalls and long descents. Unlike Alaska, however, there are comfortable huts and easy access from the Jungfraujoch train. 6 days of skiing, staying in a new hut every night (except the two we spend in the very nice Finsteraarhorn hut.

April 27 - May 2, 2020
Glacier Trek
Haute Route

This is a challenging high altitude trek linking the Chamonix Valley and Zermatt. For much of this route we are on glaciers or off-trail, on climber's paths and routes. We'll stay in mountain huts, rise early and enjoy long days in high alpine terrain. This 7-day route is distinctly more difficult than the Walker's route, but offers the rewards of a greater challenge.

June 30 - July 6, 2020

Alps Summer
Climbing

We spend every summer guiding in our backyard, the Alps. Let us know if you think you might like to join us.

June - September
Check our availability page

last site update: January 16, 2020 - see history


Awards from the
American Mountain
Guides Association

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"Outstanding Guide Award" Kathy & Mark 2005

"Lifetime Achievement Award" Kathy Cosley 2013

"Lifetime Achievement Award" Mark Houston 2014

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Kathy Cosley & Mark Houston
UIAGM Internationally Licensed Mountain Guides

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