The Shasta Mountain Guides® staff is a diverse, skilled, and fun group of individuals. Their common bond is a pure passion for being in the mountains and sharing that desire with friends, both old and new. Our first priority is always safety, yours and ours. We strongly believe in providing the highest level of service and quality of experience while climbing Mt. Shasta. We are local professionals and are committed to your safety and enjoyment. SMG is the original guide service on Mt. Shasta and we are on the mountain daily. We specialize in Mt. Shasta and the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Join us for a trip of your lifetime!
Chris Carr SMG Director Chris has lived and climbed in the Mt. Shasta area since 1995. In 2003 Chris and Jennifer became owners of SMG. As a climber and guide he is inspired by the beauty and scale of Mt. Shasta. “The greatest joy of my role at SMG is the remarkable people I get to meet; both our climbers and our guides, I am surrounded by amazing people doing amazing things.” With over 170 summits, countless ski descents, an AIARE Avalanche Educator, AMGA trained, WFR, LNT certified; no one has more experience on Mt. Shasta. Chris’ role is in the general operations of Shasta Mountain Guides. Going strong for 20+ seasons on the mountain Chris is still immeasurably stoked for the next powder day, and sharing it with his 8 year old daughter.
Jennifer Carr SMG Director Jenn, a California native, began climbing in the early 90’s in the Sierra Nevada and Yosemite Valley with her brother. Her love of the mountains led to guiding on Mt. Shasta in 1998. In 2003 she became owner and is involved in the daily operations of the company. “I am drawn to the Mountains for the sheer joy I experience in wild terrain. Sharing that joy with others is why I started guiding.” Having summited Mt. Shasta 50+ times Jenn is an EMT, WFR, LNT certified and has completed the AIARE I-III course work.
Rich Meyer Special Operations/Senior Guide Rich started guiding on Mt. Shasta in 2000 and has over a dozen years of experience guiding clients to mountain peaks around the world. His specialties include Skiing, Climbing, and Avalanche Education. Rich can be found leading trips from the Alps to Antarctica, Alaska to South America, and is a true professional in everything he does. He has over 100 summits of Mt. Shasta and facilitates SMG’s Guide Training, Special Events and Avalanche Seminars. A dedicated backcountry skier and Avalanche educator he is AIARE, WFR, LNT certified, AMGA trained.
Dave Miller Technical Director/Senior Guide Dave is a certified mountain guide in alpine climbing, rock climbing & ski mountaineering through the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) as well as a UIAGM/IFMGA internationally certified mountain guide in all disciplines. Dave has been climbing and exploring the mountains of California for over thirty five years. He has worked as a mountain guide in rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering and ski mountaineering throughout California, Europe, Mexico and South America for the past ten years. Dave is the owner of California Alpine Guides as well as SMG’s Technical Director and works full time as a climbing guide in the field. Dave is known for his backcountry culinary skill and enjoys the creative outlet of cooking a great meal while in the field. He believes flexibility is key to any mountain adventure and is always willing to change objectives to suit your goals and abilities.
Dane Brinkley Senior Guide, Winter Program Manager Dane’s been guiding for SMG since 2003. He works extensively on Mt Shasta year round guiding ski tours, teaching AIARE avalanche courses, glacier seminars, and leading summit climbs on every major route. Dane’s been to the summit of Shasta over 70 times and has skied from the summit more than 20 times. He’s also guided on North America’s highest peak, Denali, in Alaska where he’s served on three expeditions. Dane is an experienced skier and climber who’s resume’ includes peaks throughout the Sierra and Cascades in Washington, Oregon, and California. He guides because to him there’s nothing better than sharing beauty and adventure with friends.
Nicholas Caselli Senior Guide/Staff Geologist. Nick has been guiding Mount Shasta since 2005 with 50+ summits and has been climbing for 20 years with ascents of classic routes at areas including the Mexico Volcanoes, Colorado Rockies & San Juans, Black Canyon, Utah Desert, Devils Tower, Vedauwoo, Tetons, Smith Rock, and throughout the Cascades. An unapologetic snowboarder, Nick is a professional member of the American Avalanche Association and the National Ski Patrol and guided ski mountaineering, heli-skiing, and avalanche control work in Silverton, CO for over 10 years. With a BS in Geology, Nick has worked in environmental health, natural hazards, GIS, and stormwater engineering for private industry and government agencies. Nick also has worked as a raft guide on rivers up to Class V throughout the west since 2000. Early starts, late returns, a positive outlook, and copious Haribo products are Nick’s tips for success in the mountains.
Eric Layton Senior Guide Eric’s love for the mountains brought him to Lake Tahoe, CA in the late 90’s, were he continued his pursuit of climbing & snowboarding. During the summer months you can find him guiding on Mt. Shasta and climbing throughout the Sierra Nevada. In the winter he heads North with his splitboard to work as a cat and heli ski guide. Guiding professionally since 2007, his passion and expertise for mountaineering and backcountry snowboarding has led him to work as a guide for Shasta Mountain Guides, H20 Heli Guides in Alaska, California Alpine Guides, and Baldface Guides in British Columbia. Eric is a certified AMGA Single Pitch Rock Instructor, Wilderness First Responder, American Avalanche Institute Level III, and is working towards his full AMGA Ski Mountaineering Certification.
Greg Cunningham Senior Guide Greg began to pursue his passion for the outdoors in the Green Mountains of Vermont. After graduating from college with a degree in Environmental Science and Outdoor Education, Greg became a professional ski patroller. He has completed AIARE levels 1 and 2, AAI level 3 avalanche certifications, graduated from the National Avalanche School, maintained a senior level certification in Outdoor Emergency Care and CPR, and completed the AMGA ski guide course. Greg has climbing and skiing experience throughout the United States including California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, and Maine. Greg’s has the ability to asses dynamic conditions in the mountains and safely and effectively manage risk, while maximizing client reward. Greg’s adventurous spirit, ability to make difficult decisions and calm demeanor make him a solid partner in the mountains. Greg is always in the pursuit of new knowledge and experience and is eager to share that knowledge and experience with everyone around him.
Polly Layton Senior Guide Polly has been guiding here on Mt. Shasta since 2010 and in the winter works as a heli ski guide at Wiegle’s in Canada. Having grown up in the mountains of Colorado she is no stranger to all the joys and challenges the mountains can bring and enjoys sharing those adventures with others. Polly started her outdoor career in 1997 years as an EMT for snowcamping trips in the Rockies and has enjoyed playing and working in the mountains of the US, Canada, and South America ever since. Polly is a certified Level II Canadian Ski Guide, Outdoor Emergancy Care Technician, National Avalanche School graduate and AMGA trained.
Ryann Soreson Lead Guide. Ryan grew up in northern Wyoming learning to snowboard, ski and climb in the Big Horn Mountains, the Tetons and the Beartooth Range of Montana. Ryan moved west in 2008 and graduated from Southern Oregon University with a degree in environmental science where he also was a successful collegiate runner obtaining All-American honor. Beyond college his aspirations focused on leading in an alpine environment. His desire for mountaineering, backcountry snowboarding and skiing led him to guide for Shasta Mountain Guides since 2014. Ryan is certified in AIARE levels 1 and 2, and Wilderness First Responder. When not guiding he can be found running the trails, chasing FKT’s or rock climbing throughout the west”.
Lauren Seymore Lead Guide A Michigan native, Lauren decided to leave the great lakes state in pursuit of mountains and all the skiing and climbing the west has to offer. Lauren first climbed Shasta in 2013 and started guiding for Shasta Mountain Guides in 2014. She has climbed notable routes in the Rockies, Wind River Range, Tetons, Sierra Nevada’s, the Wasatch and the Cascades. She is a Wilderness First Responder, EMT, and AAIRE trained. When she is not climbing Mt. Shasta she is pursuing her goal of climbing and skiing the ring of fire with her husband Brandon, climbing at Smith Rock and pursuing a nursing degree from COCC in Bend Oregon.
David Reichel Senior Guide/Avalanche Educator After a decade plus of guiding David has mostly forgotten the bad habits of a feral youth spent annoying fish, climbing rotten rock and discovering pristine swaths of poison oak. Upon release from four years of UC imposed sea level living David migrated to higher elevations and has been working and playing in Sierra and Cascades ever since. He is honored to have been employed with Shasta Mountain Guides since 2007. David guides all aspects of mountain travel but is most happy to lead ski or splitboard trips under blue skis in powder conditions. He is an experienced avalanche educator and teaches many AIARE courses every year.
Keith Potts Senior Guide Keith has been guiding since 2002 and has been climbing and skiing its slopes since 1989. With over 100 summits, he has intimate knowledge of the mountain and its surrounding backcountry. He has traveled extensively; climbing, skiing, cycling in close to 40 countries in search of beauty, solitude and good food. Keith is the director of the Friends of the Mount Shasta Avalanche Center, a professional telemark ski instructor, Avalanche Level 2 certified, WFR, and is a weather nerd in his spare time. But mostly, he just loves to ski.
Patrick Chu Senior Guide Patrick was raised in the sprawling suburbs of the Silicon Valley and now dedicates his life to spending as much time in the mountains as possible. During the summer months Patrick can be found guiding climbs throughout the Cascades and Alaska while winter is spent ski patrolling and guiding in the Sierra Nevada. Patrick holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies as well as an affinity for alpine rock climbing and ski mountaineering. When he isn’t climbing or skiing high in the mountains, Patrick makes his way home to Santa Cruz, California in search of his flip flops, warm sand, and fresh ocean air. Patrick is certified as a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, Leave No Trace Trainer, and has AIARE Avalanche Level II training.
Jonathan Cahill Lead Guide. The first time J.C. summited was in 2011 and was treated with a snowboard decent all the way to the car. The visits became more frequent and he started guiding in 2014. In the winter he works as a professional ski patroller in Lake Tahoe and when the waves get big enough, he works on the water safety team at the Mavericks Surf contest. In between seasons he might/could be found in a 3rd world country searching for waves with nobody but his friends around. JC is EMT, LNT.
Aysha Robinson Lead Guide. Aysha was born and grew up under the shadow of majestic Mt. Shasta. She developed a love of nature at a young age through exploring the woods and meadows around her home on foot and on horseback. Aysha’s infatuation with being outside led her to get a degree in Outdoor Adventure Education from Prescott College. It was there that she discovered a passion for sharing the outdoors with other people, as well as a passion for snow, skiing, snow science and mountains. This has led her to pursue a career in the high places of the world as a mountain and ski guide. After many adventures throughout the West she was ultimately drawn back to her home mountain and the lakes and rivers on Northern California.
Michael Whitman Lead Guide. Michael grew up on an island off the coast of Maine and has lived and breathed the outdoors for as long as he can remember. His love for the outdoors eventually lead him to climbing and skiing, and these two passions continue to shape and drive his life. For the past several years Michael has been devoted to climbing and ski mountaineering. He acquired and honed his alpine climbing and backcountry skiing knowledge in the Sierra Nevada, Teton’s, San Juan’s, and British Columbia, and he has spent many months each year rock climbing in the mountains and deserts of California and the southwestern US. Michael recently began the AMGA ski guide courses, and he intends to complete the ski guide and rock guide certifications with the goal of becoming a well rounded mountain guide.