About Us

Northwest Alpine Guides is a mountain guide service based in the heart of the Pacific Cascades. We specialize in alpine climbing, mountaineering schools, and backcountry skiing. Our parent company, Mountain Gurus, operates international expeditions and trekking adventures around the world.

Founded in 2008, we are a guide owned and operated company. Our mountain guides are among the most dedicated in the industry and draw on their extensive experience from exploring and climbing in some of the most remote places on earth. They are highly skilled professionals and are committed to providing our clients with the individual care and safety concern they expect.

Our goal is to provide our customers with a rewarding personalized experience. As an experience driven guide service, Northwest Alpine Guides believes in offering personal attention to each and every one of our customers. Year after year many of our clients return as friends to share in our passion for the mountains.

“Dennis was an outstanding guide. He was extremely approachable with questions and made it a point to talk to all the clients and get to know us. He was very knowledgeable about the area and climb and I felt comfortable and safe during the trip. I appreciate that he made his clients also feel like friends.” Sabrina M

“Thanks again for being such a great guide and making the climb such a positive experience!” Nina G

“Great big thank you to the Mountain Gurus & NW Alpine Guides team for the most challenging and rewarding week of mountain school on Mt. Shuksan & Mt. Baker. For anyone interested in getting into mountaineering or just wanting to nail that first summit I can’t recommend these guys enough!” Rachel D

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The Northwestern United States offers an abundance of climbing opportunities. Spectacular guided mountain climbs can be found on the volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest, including Mt. Rainier, one of the most popular climbs. In addition to Mount Rainier, Mount Baker the second largest glaciated peak in the lower 48 states offers an excellent experience for those seeking to further their skills in the mountains. Mount Shuksan, Eldorado Peak, Sahale Peak as well as Forbidden Peak all located in North Cascades National Park, known as the “American Alps” offer a mix of glaciated terrain and alpine rock climbing in a breathtaking landscape. Across the Puget Sound, Mount Olympus located within Olympic National Park provides a true wilderness experience through the Hoh Rain Forest to the Blue Glacier and its rocky West Peak summit.

For more information about international adventures, please visit our partner company Mountain Gurus

Our Mountain Guides

Our mountain guides are among the finest in the industry and draw on their extensive experience from climbing and exploring some of the most remote places on earth. They are highly skilled professionals and are committed to giving our clients the individual care they expect. Our guides are chosen for their leadership, judgment, and character. Northwest Alpine Guides have a passion for discovery and adventure, guiding climbers on the path to truly reaching their goals.

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Our Founder

Dennis Broadwell grew up on the south shore of Long Island far away from any mountain top. As a teenager he discovered skiing in the Catskill mountains and hiked his first peaks in the Adirondack’s of New York. He quickly became an ADK 46er by his early twenties. He began guiding his friends up peaks like Mount Washington in New Hampshire’s White Mountains making numerous winter ascents. After graduating from college, he traveled extensively across America and overseas while continuing to purse rock, ice and mountain climbing. In 1997, the vision of Mountain Gurus was conceived, but it would not be until 2008 the company was incorporated through the encouragement of his dear friend Kili Sherpa. Dennis’ passion for mountains and exploration has led him to climb and travel all over the world. He believes that pursuing dreams through human powered achievement combined with shared experience among a community of fellow adventurers is an incredibly rewarding way to live and experience life.

“Challenging yourself while exploring your world is truly one of life’s greatest experiences”

Today, Mountain Gurus philosophy is to guide, instruct, and train our climbers while pursuing shared goals together, pushing ourselves against gravity whether it be through climbing, trekking, skiing, adventure travel, or simply experiencing nature and foreign cultures.

Our Vision


Safety is our number one priority. While mountain travel retains inherent risks such as weather, altitude and other natural occurrences beyond our control. Our professional guide staff strives to minimize risks by using proper route planning, camp selection, and acclimatization practices. We make every effort to provide our clients with the finest instruction and leadership.


We strive to give each one of our clients the personal attention they desire and make their overall travel experience enjoyable. Not only do we enjoy helping everyone achieve their personal goals, but we take pride in assisting them prepare before the journey. Our experienced staff will help answer all your questions relating to training, equipment, and travel.


NWAG is committed in minimizing the environmental impact of our travel. As we return year after year to these remarkable wilderness areas, it is our aspiration that you enjoy a pristine mountain experience. Our policies strictly adhere to the “Leave No Trace” principles. We firmly believe environmental stewardship is the only way to achieve sustainability.

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