SWS Mountain Guides Team

SWS Mountain Guides Team

Timothy Keating
Chief Executive Officer

Tim, one of the original founders, CEO, has been guiding and operating SWS Mountain Guides for over 36 years now. 

Tim, one of the original founders, has been guiding and operating SWS Mountain Guides for over 36 years now. 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 as well 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. Tim is a graduate of a 10-day AMGA Alpine Guides Course, AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor, Professional Climbing Guides Institute Certified Top Rope Guide, Wilderness First Responder, Certified American Avalanche Association Avalanche Instructor & Professional Member, Pro II Avalanche Training Certification, Graduate from the National Avalanche School, Leave Not Trace Certified Trainer , Membership in the American Alpine Club since 1997. Tim has BA in Geography from Humboldt St. University, speaks Spanish, is married to Emily White-Keating and they have a 18-year-old son, Joshua who loves to play baseball.
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David Cressman
Chief Operations Officer

David, is one of the principal owners of SWS Mountain Guides and have over 20 years of managing the SWS operations.

Dave is a veteran SWS guide, having over 80 summits on Mt. Shasta to his name. 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 he is a graduate of the National Avalanche School as well as Avalanche Level I & Level II. He graduated from Humboldt University with B.S. Degrees in Biology, Zoology, and Oceanography. Dave lives in Mt. Shasta with his wife Allania They have three children, Jarrod, Mariah, and Jesse.
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James Brown "JB"
Chief Marketing Officer

JB, one of the principal owners, with over 14 yrs of guiding experience with SWS.  JB handles our marketing & social media as our CMO.

Known most commonly as "JB". He started as a paramedic from Houston Texas when James moved to the mountains of Wyoming and Utah to live his passion. Coming into his 11th year guiding for SWS he has worked his way up from assistant guide to Senior Guide, CMO and Partner in SWS Mountain Guides. JB has climbed or guided in almost every major range in the US and on 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. In the winter if you can't find him skiing big mountain lines you can find him teaching at a handful of ski resorts in the Rocky Mountains. He has attained Professional Ski Instructors Association (PSIA) Alpine Instructor level II as well as Certified Backcountry Instructor, Avalanche Level I & Level II, and Level III , Leave No Trace Certifications, Graduate of the AMGA Rock Climbing Guides Course, AMGA Advanced Alpine Course, AMGA Advanced Ski Mountaineering Course, AMGA Ice Climbing Course. He speaks some spanish and nepali. He is currently pursuing the coveted international IFMGA certification. JBs favorite trip to guide is Island Peak, Nepal. ADA Specialist
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Neil Woodruff
Senior Alpine Guide / Manager Lone Pine Operations

Neil has over 16 years experience guiding for 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 whose background included biology, botany, farmers,hunters, and gun makers. Since then he has expanded his North American knowledge as well as studying 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, as well as 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 Foundacion 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 as well as trekking routes in Kenya. Neil 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 possess Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Leave No Trace, and AAA Avalanche II certifications, as well as the AMGA Ski Guides Course and AMGA Rock Guides Course. ADA Specialist.
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Dr. Emily Sagalyn MD, MPH, FAWM
SWS Consulting Physician

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

Dr. Emily 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.
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Scott Becker
Senior Alpine Guide

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 two-year-old daughter Ellery.
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Tim Mincey
Senior Alpine Guide

Scott, is one of our Senior Guide guiding for SWS  on Mt. Shasta & Eastern Sierra.

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.
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Kique Romero
Senior Alpine Guide / Rock Guide

Kique is our Senior Guide who guide Shasta, Eastern Sierra, and our Japanese Ski Expeditions

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, Assistant Alpine Guide, and Apprentice Ski Guide.
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Tyler Coleman
Lead Guide

Tyler, guides in the Eastern Sierra & Mt. Shasta and spends his winters in Kirkwood as a ski patroller.

Tyler was born and raised in Sanford North Carolina. After spending 18 years of his life there he attended college at Appalachian State University where he received a bachelors degree in recreation management. Currently Tyler spends his winters ski patrolling at Kirkwood Mountain Resort and his summers guiding full time for SWS. Tyler enjoys rock climbing, skiing, and spending time in the mountains or other outdoor venues on his days off. He is a charismatic guide who will surely give you an experience that you will remember for a long time. Tyler is currently certified as a wilderness first responder.
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Caleb Burns
Lead Guide
Born in Southern Oregon Caleb grew up with mountains in his backyard. Having lived in Bend, and several areas around Portland before attending Western Oregon University and ITT. Caleb found his calling for the mountains on a trip to Alaska. After becoming ill his spirit for adventure and climbing was relit. He, his wife, and his daughter all live in the Southern Oregon area where they enjoy backcountry splitboarding, snowboarding, rafting, and inflatable kayaking. Caleb is an active volunteer with Search and Rescue and has been helping establish a mountain rescue team in several Oregon counties. He holds certifications in wilderness medicine, rope rescue, leave no trace, and has completed all avalanche education through the current Pro 1 level. He is also a professional member of the American Avalanche Association. Caleb loves seeing his guests on a mountain learn about themselves and the environment they’re traveling through. He also loves cooking and believes that a good meal is best enjoyed with a view.
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Tony Brown
Lead Guide

Tony guides Lover's Leap and Bear Valley, California

Tony grew up in Springfield OH playing soccer and just being a normal mid-western kid. On a trip to California the summer before his senior year of high school, he realized he needed to go west. This landed him in Bozeman, MT where he attended Montana State University and began skiing, rock and ice climbing. He met a crew of lifelong friends and his future wife that have joined him on many adventures in the last 22 years. Tony is a full time high school science teacher and is also introducing his children to the outdoor experiences that have shaped his life at a much younger age. Tony began guiding in 2004 for Mountain Adventure Seminars and became an AMGA certified rock guide in 2007. Tony joined the SWS crew in 2018 and is excited to keep sharing his skills. Tony also holds a wilderness first responder certification.
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Lani Chapko
Lead Guide

Lani guides in the Eastern Sierra, Bear Valley and Mt. Shasta.

If you ever ask where Lani is, the answer is probably exploring the mountains somewhere between the Eastern Sierras and the North Cascades. Her passion for climbing stems from the connection created between people through a shared experience, accomplishing goals, and mountain goats of course. Her love for travel and experienceing new terrain has taken her to places such as Nepal and Ecuador. Despite deciding grad school wasn't the right path, she never wants to stop pursuing education and will jump on any opportunity to learn more. This has led her to take the AMGA advanced rock guide course/ aspirant exam and AMGA alpine guide course. She holds Wilderness First Responder and AIARE level 1 certs.
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Tyler Sweeney
Lead Guide

Tyler, guides for us on Mt. Shasta and Eastern Sierra.

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Richard Partridge
Lead Guide

Richard Guides on Mt. Shasta and the Eastern Sierra

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Matt Mahaney
Lead Guide

Matt guide on Mt. Shasta, Eastern Sierra and especially enjoy guiding our Tech Ice.

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Alex Aamodt
Guide

Alex guides in the Eastern Sierra, Bear Valley and Mt. Shasta.

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Adrian Groth
Guide

Adrian guides in the Eastern Sierra, Bear Valley and Mt. Shasta.

At the age of 17, Adrian summited Kilimanjaro via the Machame route, an experience that was only possible by the amazing support his guides on the mountain gave him. This event slowly shaped his path toward becoming a mountain guide. In 2016, Adrian hiked the entire Appalachian Trail in just 3 and a half months, and has completed over 1,000 miles of the PCT. Now an avid mountaineer, he finds himself climbing and guiding in the Sierra or on his home mountain, Mt. Shasta. Adrian currently holds a Wilderness First Responder Certification, as well as an AAIRE Level 1 and rescue component, and has taken the AMGA SPI course.
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Matt Skorina
Guide

Matt guides on Mt. Shasta and the Eastern Sierra.

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Jim Weeg
Trekking Guide

Jim is part owner of the SWS Bunkhouse and runs our Everest Base Camp Treks.

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Spencer Dillon
Assistant Guide

Spencer guides on Mt. Shasta 

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David Dettman
Assistant Guide

David guides on Mt. Shasta

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Brian Desmond
Guide

Brian guides on Mt. Shasta 

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