Meet Our Guides

Timothy Keating

Timothy Keating

CEO - Senior Guide

Founder of SWS
40 Years of Professional Guiding Experience

Tim's Bio

Tim, one of the founders, has been guiding and operating SWS Mountain Guides for over 40 years. He has over 100+ summits on Mt. Shasta and over 100+ on Mt. Whitney. As an avid backcountry skier, he has logged countless ski ascents on Mt. Shasta, Mt Lassen, and several Trans Sierra Ski crossings and various climbing and skiing routes in the High Sierras. Tim’s high altitude experience includes ascents and 40 plus international expeditions in Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Tanzania, Nepal, and Russia.

  • AMGA Alpine Guides Course
  • AMGA Certified Single Pitch
  • Professional Climbing Instructor Guides Institute Certified Top Rope Guide
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Certified American Avalanche
  • Association Avalanche Instructor
  • Pro 2 Avalanche Training
  • Certification, Graduate from the
    National Avalanche School
  • Leave Not Trace Certified Trainer
  • Membership in the American Alpine Club since 1997.
  • BA in Geography from Humboldt State University
  • Tim speaks Spanish, is married to Emily White-Keating, and has a 21-year-old son; Joshua plays college baseball.
David Cressman

David Cressman

COO - Senior Guide

Mt Shasta Operations 25 Years of  Professional Guidng Experience

David's Bio

David is one of the principal owners of SWS Mountain Guides and has over 25 years of managing & guiding experience for SWS Mountain Guides. Dave is a veteran SWS guide, having over 100 summits on Mt. Shasta to his name. In addition, Dave has high altitude experience and International expeditions in Ecuador, Bolivia, Russia, and Argentina. Dave’s true passion, however, is climbing in the Palisades on mixed routes. A little-known fact about Dave is that he is a fantastic backcountry chef and can cook a mean couscous burrito. Dave is a graduate of the 10-day AMGA Alpine Guide Course, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, holds a Wilderness First Responder (WFR), and is a graduate of the National Avalanche School and Avalanche Level I & Level II. In addition, he graduated from Humboldt University with B.S. Degrees in Biology, Zoology, and Oceanography. Dave lives in Mt. Shasta with his wife, Alana. They have three children Jarrod, Mariah, and Jesse.

JB Brown

JB Brown

CMO - Senior Guide

Technical Director
AMGA Alpine Guide
AMGA Ski Guide

JB's Bio

AMGA Alpine LogoAMGA Ski Guide Logo
James Brown, aka “JB,” is one of the principal owners of SWS Mountain Guides with over 18 yrs of guiding experience. Additionally, JB handles our marketing & social media as our CMO. After college, “JB” moved to the mountains of Wyoming and Utah to live his passion. JB has climbed or guided in almost every significant range in the US and four continents. He guides for SWS in the Cascades, Eastern Sierra, and Internationally. In addition to his guiding career, JB is also an avid backcountry skier and ski mountaineer. If you can’t find him skiing big mountain lines in the winter, you can find him teaching, guiding, or mentoring in the western mountains’ mountain ranges.

  • AMGA Certified Ski Guide
  • AMGA Certified Alpine Guide
  • AMGA Assistant Rock Guide
  • PSIA Alpine Instructor level II
  • Certified Backcountry Instructor
  • Avalanche Level Pro 2
  • Board Member, Sierra Avalanche Center
  • Leave No Trace Certification
  • ADA Specialist

He is currently pursuing the coveted international IFMGA certification. JBs favorite trip to guide is Island Peak, Nepal.

Dr. Emily Sagalyn MD MPH FAWM

Dr. Emily Sagalyn MD MPH FAWM

Consulting Physician

Diploma in Mountain Medicine (DiMM)

Emily's Bio

Dr. Emily Sagalyn-Brown is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and holds the internationally recognized Diploma in Mountain Medicine (DiMM)

Dr. Emily Sagalyn-Brown is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and holds the internationally recognized Diploma in Mountain Medicine (DiMM) training in glacier, high altitude, avalanche, and helicopter rescue. She is also the faculty of the DiMM program through the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS). Emily received her B.A. from Columbia University in New York, NY. She received her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts in Worcester, MA. She completed her Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, and a fellowship in Wilderness Medicine and EMS at the University of Utah. While in Utah, she also completed her MPH. She serves on the board of the Wilderness Medical Society and earned their Fellowship of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM). Emily has been the consulting physician for SWS Mountain Guides since 2010. She has provided wilderness medical care at the Kunde Hospital in Nepal, the medical clinics in Big Sky, Montana and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and various locations throughout Utah.

Neil Woodruff

Neil Woodruff

Senior Guide

Manager Lone Pine Office
ADA Ski & Mountain Specialist

Neil's Bio

Neil has over 20 years of experience guiding SWS; he oversees & manages our Lone Pine operations.
Neil Woodruff began his outdoor career as a child learning North American plants and animals from his family members, including biology, botany, farmers, hunters, and gun makers. Since then, he has expanded his North American knowledge and studied African and South American ecosystems. Neil currently divides his year between California and Wyoming. In California, Neil primarily works for SWS Mountain Guides, where he guides: mountaineering, alpine rock climbs, rock climbing courses, survival courses, spring ski/snowboard mountaineering, and the occasional winter ascent in the Sierra Nevada. He winters in Jackson, WY, where he teaches snowboarding and skiing for Jackson Hole Ski Area, also serving as a staff trainer. Neil has also worked for various California and East Coast Ski Resorts and internationally in Portillo, Chile. Since 2007 he has served as a clinician for PSIA-w specializing in adaptive sports. Most recently, Neil moonlighted as a consultant and instructor with the Foundation Deporte y Desafio in the first Spanish accreditation of Adaptive Snowboard Instructors, an event held in preparation for the 2015 Universiada de Invierno (Winter World Student Games) in Granada. In his spare time, Neil has developed sport, aid, and traditional climbing routes in California from Mt. Shasta to Lone Pine and trekking routes in Kenya. Neil’s certifications include AASI Level III Snowboard instructor, PSIA Level III Adaptive Instructor (one of four persons to receive this certification on a snowboard), PSIA Level I Alpine Ski Instructor, and Children’s Specialist Level II. Neil also possesses Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Leave No Trace, AAA Avalanche II certifications, and the AMGA Ski Guides Course and AMGA Rock Guides Course. ADA Specialist.

Scott Becker

Scott Becker

Senior Guide

AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide

Scott's Bio

Scott, is one of our Senior Guide guiding for SWS  on Mt. Shasta & Eastern Sierra.Scott grew up rafting, skiing and climbing in Hood River, Oregon and is now in his 12th year at SWS with over 100 Mount Shasta summits under his belt. In that time, guiding has gone from a part-time summer job to a full-time career and full-blown passion. Since his first mountaineering experience on Mt. Hood in the 90s he continues to climb peaks of the Cascades and Sierra Nevada, big walls in Yosemite Valley, big mountains in Alaska, South America, and other major climbing areas and mountain ranges of the west. In addition to climbing and guiding, Scott loves running as way of exploring and enjoying the mountains. He is a finisher of several marathons and ultra-marathons up to 100 miles. Scott studied Journalism at Southern Oregon University and also holds certifications for WFR, AAA Avalanche Level II, and is a certified Leave No Trace Instructor. He has also completed the Rock Guide Course and Alpine Guide Course through the American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA). He lives in Medford, Oregon with his wife Becky and four-year-old daughter Ellery.

Caleb Burns

Caleb Burns

Senior Guide

Pro 1 Avalanche Instructor

Caleb's Bio

Caleb Burns is originally a Southern Oregon native.  Growing up outdoors instilled a natural love of adventure and exploration.  He traveled much of the West Coast with his father at a young age and found a love of the mountains.  After college Caleb continued to travel much of the country and has spent time in most states West of the Mississippi.  After meeting his now wife they decided that Southern Oregon offered outdoor access that was hard to match.  They are now raising their daughter in Southern Oregon and can often be found hiking, kayaking, camping, skiing, or relaxing at the beach.  Caleb is an active member of Search and Rescue and mainly works in the Cascades, Mexico, and the Sierras.  One of his most memorable climbs is assisting NASA and National Geographic on an expedition to explore the fumarole caves at the top of Mt. Rainier for information gathering on the MARS rover project.  He has a love of helping people get outside and encouraging them to pursue their goals, but also helping to enjoy the beauty of the areas they travel in.  Outside of guiding, Caleb most enjoys spending time with his family.

Kique Romero

Kique Romero

Senior Guide

AMGA Rock Guide
AMGA Alpine Guide
AMGA Assistant Ski Guide

Kique's Bio

Born and raised in Mérida, Venezuela, Kique grew up scrambling up 4,000mts peaks. Summers saw him taking 72hr bus trips to explore the Andes in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina. After graduate studies in Switzerland at the ETH and in California at UC Berkeley, Kique completed a 15 yr career as a Program Manager at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory while leading 15 expeditions to South America. Since then he has joined SWS and his organizational skills, attention to detail, AMGA training, and in depth knowledge of the Andes have allowed him to tailor highly successful expeditions at all experience levels. Kique is fluent in English, Spanish, German, and Japanese. He is an AMGA Certified Rock Guide, AMGA Certified Alpine Guide, and an AMGA Assistant Ski Guide.

Tony Brown

Tony Brown

Senior Guide

AMGA  Rock Guide

Tony's Bio

Tony started climbing in MT in 1997 after moving there for college. From then on, all he wanted to be was a climber. Tony started guiding in 2004 and became an AMGA certified rock guide in 2007. He has climbed fairly extensively in the American west and has found success on a few trips to Europe. Tony is a full time science teacher and is raising two children that will be better rock climbers than he is in short order. 

.

Tim Mincey

Tim Mincey

Senior Guide

AMGA Rock Guide
Assistant Alpine Guide
AASI Level 3 Snowboard Instructor

Tim's Bio

A native of Chicago, Tim grew up barely knowing that mountains existed, much less that you could climb or ski them for fun. But as an engineering student at Stanford, he managed to fall in love with snowboarding, and after college decided to move to Tahoe to snowboard full-time as an instructor at Heavenly. Once in Tahoe, Tim couldn’t help but dive into backcountry snowboarding and rock climbing. He is perpetually trying to make up for his late start in the mountains by climbing and snowboarding as much as possible across the West Coast, from Joshua Tree to British Columbia. Tim started guiding for SWS in 2011 and his certifications include the following: AASI Level 3 Snowboard Instructor, Wilderness First Responder, AIARE Level II Avalanche, A.A. in Wilderness Education from Lake Tahoe Community College. He is an AIARE Level 1 Course Instructor, and he has completed the AMGA Rock Guide Course, AMGA Alpine Guide Course, and AMGA Ski Guide Course. His favorite place to climb is currently the High Sierra.

Adrian Groth

Adrian Groth

Lead Guide

AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
Avalanche Level 1

Adrian's Bio
An avid thru-hiker and mountaineer, Adrian has climbed, backpacked, and guided across the western United States, Africa, Canada, and Alaska. Adrian has summited Mt. Shasta dozens of times with many more to come. He currently holds certifications in Wilderness First Responder, Avalanche level 1 + Rescue, AMGA SPI Course, and is a soon to be Registered Nurse.
Matt Mahaney

Matt Mahaney

Lead Guide

AMGA Apprentice Alpine Guide
A3 Avalanche Level 2

Matt's Bio

Resident hillbilly, Matt Mahaney was born and raised in West Virginia.  Matt was adopted into the SWS family in 2017.  As a Lead guide for SWS and an AMGA Apprentice Alpine Guide, Matt enjoys adventuring in beautiful places with rad people.  When not in the mountains, Matt produces the California Backcountry Report for Mountain Guide Media LLC.

Andrew Alissandratos

Andrew Alissandratos

Lead Guide

AMGA Apprentice
Ski & Rock Guide

Andrew's Bio

Andrew was born and raised in Florida but quickly tired of swamps and alligators, and decided to trade it all in for bottomless powder days and splitter cracks. Since moving out west almost a decade ago he has dove head first into splitboarding and rock climbing and continues to look for bigger lines and harder climbs while exploring the ranges across the Americas. But always finds his way back home to the Sierra Nevada where he spends most of his time. The mountains are where Andrew feels most himself and while perfect turns and climbing big rocks is super rad, sharing the experiences with people and the knowledge he has gained in the mountains over the years is truly his passion.:

  • AMGA Apprentice Ski Guide
  • AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide
  • AIARE Pro 1
  • WFR (Wilderness First Responder)
Matthew Morse

Matthew Morse

Lead Guide

Avalanche Level 1
AASI Level 2 Ski instructor

Matthew's Bio
South Lake Tahoe local, Matthew Morse, grew up surrounded by mountains where he spent every possible moment in the great outdoors looking for adventure. He learned how to rock climb after high school and ever since, Matthew has been passionate to teach others and share his love for the sport. He has climbed many of the classic routes throughout California and has summited routes in Yosemite and the High Sierras. In 2008, he started working as a ski instructor and now supervisor for the Kids Ski and Ride School at Heavenly. In the last years, Matthew has built his home base in the beautiful Carson Valley where he spends his free time with his wife and son. Matthew has received the following certifications:
  • AIARE Avalanche Level 1
  • AASI Level 2 Ski instructor
  • Wilderness First Responder

    Matthew joined the SWS team in 2013 and is always looking forward to sharing his joy of the great outdoors and help you create new and unforgettable memories of your own.

Tyler Coleman

Tyler Coleman

Lead Guide

AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide

Tyler's Bio

Tyler grew up in North Carolina and has been living in the Sierra Nevada since 2012. He has worked for SWS since 2015. He currently maintains status as an apprentice rock guide under the AMGA scope of practice. Tyler has been a wilderness first responder since 2010 and continues to hold this certification. Tyler also holds a professional level 1 avalanche certification through the American Avalanche Association. Tyler has 13 years of experience living working and recreating in the mountains.

Elizabeth Lampson

Elizabeth Lampson

Lead Guide

AMGA SPI Instructor
Avalanche Level 1

Elizabeth's Bio

“Liz started outdoors hiking at a young age in California.  During college she took an introductory rock climbing course and fell in love with the idea of outdoor climbing while pursuing a biology degree in Washington.  After college, she joined a gym and skipped sport climbing and bouldering entirely when a mentor introduced trad climbing for her first outdoor experiences.  While developing her rock climbing skills, she also became more interested in mountaineering and started climbing increasingly technical peaks all over the Sierras.  She has  Wilderness First Responder and AIARE I certifications, and has taken the SPI Course.”

 

    Hyden Anker

    Hyden Anker

    Lead Guide

    U.S. Antarctic Program Mountaineer and Search and Rescue Lead

    Hayden's Bio

    Hayden was fortunate to grow up surrounded by the Central Cascades and having much of his family either an outdoor educator or working to spend their extra time in the outdoors. Once he received his license and purchased a car much of his free time was spent driving to Smith Rocks to climb or exploring new trailheads and unfamiliar aspects of the Cascade volcanoes. After leaving home to attend college at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado the drive to spend more time within the outdoors grew. After two years enjoying and learning from professors and classmates he returned to Oregon due to his mother becoming diagnosed with ALS. While back home working towards a degree in Outdoor Leadership his professor encouraged him to seek an assistant guide position at SWS. Seven years later and Hayden is still with us. Since his time at our company he has explored 2,800 miles of Chile and Argentina by motorcycle. Worked for the United States Antarctic Program as a mountaineer and search and rescue lead. His most memorable time in Antarctica was spending a month and a half at 12,000 feet on Mt. Erebus assisting seismologists. Currently he lives in Tacoma, Washington volunteering for Tacoma Mountain Rescue while his partner completes her doctorate in physical therapy. 

    Eric Pitsch

    Eric Pitsch

    Lead Guide

    BA in Commerical Recreation Management

    Eric's Bio

    Eric has been with SWS for several years. He originally comes from Michigan, where he had a love of the outdoors including skiing and backpacking. After graduating from Michigan State with a Bachelor’s degree in Commercial Recreation Management, he moved to Lake Tahoe to ski the Sierra Nevada. Since, Eric has gained experience in mountaineering, ski mountaineering, and rock climbing. Eric spends his winters as the Children’s Snowsports Manager at Sierra at Tahoe.

    Ben Rademacher

    Ben Rademacher

    Lead Guide

    AMGA Apprentice
    Alpine & Rock Guide
    AMGA SPI

    Ben's Bio

    Ben Rademacher – Ben has had a long time passion for the outdoors, starting as a young boy hiking and hunting through the forests of Wisconsin. The Navy brought Ben out West where the mountains captivated his imagination. While finishing his service in 2015 Ben began to look for a new adventure in life, having been captivated by the mountains of the West Ben started honing his mountain skills, further pushing his personal climbing and training as a professional. Guiding for Ben has allowed him to combine his passion for teaching with his love for the mountains. Over the last few years he has began to build his skills in the rock and alpine realm with an emphasis on big mountain exploration from the Sierras, Cascades and into British Columbia.with a desire to continue his AMGA Alpine and Rock training. 
    “Climbing for me is relatable in many aspects of my life. It’s brings focus, commitment, trust, presence. I am at peace when climbing, totally immersed on the task at hand. The experience brings a feeling of accomplishment and yet a humble grounding to earth. It helps put the grand scheme into perspective and creates a human connection with your partners you don’t find everywhere.”

    • Wilderness First Responder
    • Avalanche Level 1 & Rescue Clinic
    • AMGA SPI course,
    • AMGA Alpine Guide Course
    • AMGA Rock Guide Course, 
    Anna LaSusa

    Anna LaSusa

    Lead Guide

    AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide 
    AMGA SPI
    Avalanche level 2

    Anna's Bio
    Anna started her climbing career on the competition scene after she moved from Michigan to Colorado in 2015, placing in finals her first year at nationals. Her love for rock climbing quickly brought her into the world of outdoor adventure and within a few years, she was chasing climbing and exploration all over the world. First, to Thailand where she worked on underwater coral propagation and tropical fish surveys, then to Peru where she worked on a research preserve in the Madre De Dios region of the Amazon Rainforest, eventually moving back to Colorado in 2017 to pursue mountain guiding and competition coaching. Anna enjoys all types of outdoor activities from climbing rock and ice to skiing, and trail running. She values being a well-rounded mountain athlete and is motivated by challenges and the problem-solving that follows them. She holds great value in practicing patience and respect when working with all clients, keeping in mind that everyone’s sense of adventure is different. Anna is an AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide and certified Single Pitch Instructor, AIARE level 2, and WFR, as well as a PADI Divemaster
     
    Stephen Larson

    Stephen Larson

    Lead Guide

    AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide
    AMGA SPI
    Avalanche Level Pro 1

    Stephen's Bio

    Hailing from the pastel colored plains of Central Kansas, Stephen Larson grew up driving tractors and chasing cattle. When his job title transitioned to “professional mountain biker” a new love was found; the endless call for adventure. Stephen now spends his time as an avid outdoor athlete, guide, and ski patroller, pursuing a career as an IFMGA Mountain Guide. Fortunate enough to split time between the Range of Light, the Adirondacks, and the Volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest, Stephen has developed the ability to morph between climates, cultures, and cooking styles. As a storyteller, he strives to inspire through words and pictures that derive from his love for sharing the warmth of the first rays of sun high on a mountain, hours after waking up and thinking “is this really worth a 12am start.”

    • AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide
    • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
    • Pro 1 Avalanche Course
    • NREMT/WEMT
    Winston Mueller

    Winston Mueller

    Lead Guide

    AMGA Apprentice
    Rock Guide
    WFR

    Winston's Bio

    Winston Mueller – As a southern Oregon native, Winston has built his experience climbing rock and mountaineering in Oregon’s Cascade range and high desert crags.  Winston has been guiding with SWS since the 2021 season and plans to continue developing his skills and education through the AMGA all while guiding Mt. Shasta and rock climbing around the west.

    Alex Aamodt

    Alex Aamodt

    Lead Guide

    Coming Soon!

    Alex's Bio

    Bio Coming Soon!

    Jim Weeg

    Jim Weeg

    Nepal Trekking Guide

    Coming Soon!

    Jim's Bio

    Coming Soon!

    Lhakpa Sherpa

    Lhakpa Sherpa

    Nepal Climbing Guide

    Coming Soon!

    Lhakpa's Bio

    Coming Soon!

    OFFICES

    SWS Main Office -- We've Moved
    110 Alpine St., Mount Shasta, California 96067

    Bear Valley Office:
    P.O. Box 5104
    265 Bear Valley Rd, Bear Valley, California 95223

    Lone Pine Office:
    120 South Main St., Suite 1.5, Lone Pine, California 93545