Our Guides

At the core of Pikes Peak Alpine School are our guides. We guide mountains, rock, snow and ice, this is what we do, this is where we love to share.

Our guides are patient, knowledgeable, and most importantly qualified to share that experience and love of the mountains. Our guides customize each trip or course to the needs, wants and objectives of the individual or group. Our guides possess current Wilderness First Responder certification, and are very active in the discipline they are instructing with a minimum of 5 years experience in such discipline. ALL of our guides have training from the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). We believe in training and certification though the AMGA to raise the standards of working professional mountain guides and provide a better, safer experience for our guests.

Pete Lardy

Pikes Peak Alpine School Chief Guide 

Pete climbs and guides worldwide and currently resides Colorado Springs with his lovely wife, Crystal. For Pete climbing is many things. He strives for the technical, physical, and mental challenge that comes with mountain climbing but also sees the mountains as his escape from the hustle and bustle of life below. For Pete, the mountains give him that one “something” we all have but cannot quite explain. Alpine rock and ice routes are where he loves to be, teach, and learn. Pete has become one of the top resources for conditions and happenings on Pikes Peak year round. But Pikes Peak isn’t all that Pete is familiar with. Over 20 years of climbing and split boarding have taken him to the Himalayas, Andes, Alaska Range, Cascades and the Rockies. From fast and light one-day ascents on Mount Rainier’s Liberty Ridge and Mount Huntington’s Harvard Route to 30 and 40 day expeditions on Denali and Himalayan 8000m peaks, Pete loves all facets of climbing and the friendships fostered in the mountains.

AMGA Certified Alpine & Rock Guide
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor 
AIARE Avalanche Level 1, 2, 3
AIARE Instructor Level 1, 2
Wilderness First Responder Certified
Leave No Trace Trainer

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Phil Wortmann

Phil is an experienced climber and guide, who not only gets after it almost everyday, but also shows a high amount of integrity and respect for the mountains which he endures. Phil has a strong resume of ascents and first ascents in the Rockies, Cascades and Alaska. Although he is adept in any terrain, he excels at mixed climbing. His attention to finer details and high standards for safety make him one of the best guides in the Rocky Mountain region. His all-around abilities in the mountains, his strength, and focus speaks bounds for the passion he has for the mountains in which he plays on. Phil approaches each environment with deep respect to preserve and protect for the next climbers.With a true passion for climbing and alpinism, we are pleased to have Phil’s energy, ability and professionalism at the core of the Pikes Peak Alpine School. When Phil is not climbing, you can find him doing figure fours while running up Pikes Peak. And when he isn’t doing either of those, he is teaching English at Palmer High School in Colorado Springs. Phil is pretty dang amazing!

AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide 
AIARE Avalanche Level 1, 2
AIARE Instructor Level 1 
Wilderness First Responder Certified

Matt Jerousek

Matt has been climbing mountains since 2007 and has since then, has gone in full force with climbing and guiding. He has significant ascents in Colorado and Washington state. His genuine demeanor and quiet sense of self instantly puts anyone at ease in any situation. He not only pushes people to challenge themselves, but confidently gives them the tools and techniques to do so. Matt considers instructing and guiding a privilege and the howls of victory it rewards him with are in the form of ear to ear smiles atop a climb that once seemed untouchable at the beginning of the day. When Matt isn’t guiding you can find him riding motorcycles or spending time with his beautiful wife and two border collies!

AMGA Apprentice Alpine & Rock Guide
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
AIARE Avalanche Level 1, 2

Wilderness First Responder Certified

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Jes Meiris

Jes has been climbing for 26 years, and has guided for over a decade. She is a leading female climber, known for her speed records in Yosemite. Her climbing style encompasses conviction yet sustainability towards the rock, using both confidence and commitment. For every action we take as climbers, it is important to realize our impact. Protecting and educating is in Jes’ human nature. When she isn’t in the mountains, she dedicates her time to teaching outdoor education and coaching elite climbing at a local Colorado preparatory high school. Jes, a Colorado native, has been a leading voice for multiple advocacy and stewardship groups in the Front Range such as Chicks N Chalk and the Pikes Peak Climber’s Alliance. When she’s not guiding or climbing, Jes enjoys traveling around the world and is also a classical pianist.

AMGA Assistant Rock Guide
AIARE Avalanche Level 1
Warriors Way Trainer

Wilderness First Responder Certified

Jared Bryant

Jared’s all around vigor and enthusiasm for climbing is contagious. Jared has been on rock and ice all around the West and is constantly hunting for new routes to get on. His passion lives in rock climbing, for not only its challenges and rewards, but for its cognitive liberation from the everyday routine. Jared sold his infamous RV and travels around in his truck finding the perfect spots to camp with some amazing routes and hikes outside his front door. Jared guides in Colorado with PPAS in the warmer months, but as soon as the winds change he hits the road to seek shelter and bask in the hot Arizona sun!

AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
AIARE Avalanche Level 1

Wilderness First Responder Certified

Lawrence Housley

Not long after he could walk, Lawrence was enjoying the mountains in one form or another. He has been climbing rock for 8 years, ice climbing for 4 years, and snowboarding and skiing for almost 27 years. He moved to Colorado after getting his degree in history from the University of Cinncinati and soon realized a life in the mountains was the one he wanted to pursue. Since then he has had multiple climbing accomplishments in the Colorado Front Range, the Cascades, and Alaska. Guiding for Lawrence is a culmination of his love for people, teaching, nurturing, and his enthusiasm for being outside.  When he isn’t climbing the alpine, Lawrence can probably be found running up it.


AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor

AIARE Avalanche Level 1, 2
Wilderness First Responder Certified

Shane Leva

Shane lives to be on rock, snow, and ice. He’s been rock climbing since 2008 and has been ice climbing since 2010. Shane has spent most of his time exploring and “sending” around Colorado, completing significant ascents on Pikes Peak and along the Front Range. Shane’s positivity and precision for climbing comes from his own personal training experience through the AMGA. Guiding for Shane allows him to get on all forms of the alpine while manifesting good habits for the climbers he takes out. When Shane isn’t guiding you can find him enjoying time outdoors with his wonderful wife!

AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
AIARE Avalanche Level 1, 2

Wilderness First Responder Certified

Casey Graham

Casey is a Colorado Springs local who has been guiding and playing in the mountains of Colorado since 2009. Originally from the East Coast, he has made his way around the country working for outdoor education organizations, mountain and river guide services, colleges, and the federal government offering a variety of outdoor instruction for a wide range of clientele. Casey is the Program Director and Head Guide for Outdoor Adv. Programs at the Air Force Academy and has been for the last 5 years, and guides part time for a number of other services around the state as a rock, ice, and ski guide. He is passionate about exposing his clients and students to challenges in the mountains in a safe and manageable way, encouraging a high level of learning and reward at the end of each trip in the most inspiring and breathtaking places on earth. Casey has been skiing for 25 years, and climbing rock and ice for over 10, and is most passionate about ski mountaineering, and studying snow in the high peaks. While he has played often and much in C-Springs and the Front Range, he likes to get out all over the state and country to practice his crafts and explore new and amazing places. More than most mountains though, he loves to ski and climb on the hidden gems on Pikes Peak, right in our backyard.

AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor
AMGA Assistant Rock Guide
AMGA Apprentice Ski Guide
AMGA Apprentice Alpine Guide
AIARE Avalanche Level 1, 2, 3
AIARE Avalanche Level 1 Instructor
Leave No Trace Master Educator
Wilderness First Responder Certified

Ryan Hammes

Ryan Hammes, Director of Outdoor Education at Colorado College, has been an active member of both the AORE and AMGA community since 2006.  He is a certified Rock Instructor, CWI Provider, and SPI Provider for the American Mountain Guides Association.  A Wisconsin native, Ryan received his Master’s of Science degree in Adventure Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and has had the opportunity to teach academic courses, instruct for Colorado Outward Bound School, volunteer as a backcountry National Ski Patroller, teach wilderness medicine, publish a number of works related to rock climbing and adventure education, and volunteer as an EMT/Firefighter for Manitou Springs Fire Department running their high-angle rescue team.  His main passions revolve around climbing, backcountry skiing, bluegrass music, and fly-fishing.

AMGA Certified Rock Instructor
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Program Provider
AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor Program Provider
AIARE Avalanche Level 1, 2
Wilderness EMT Certified

Jamie Sarafan

Jamie is from Boston, MA originally, but moved to Colorado in 2011 to attend Colorado College and hasn’t left since! She has been climbing for over six years and has a wide range of experience on rock, ice and snow all across the American West and around the Northeast. When she’s not working, can usually be found chasing sandstone splitters in the southeastern Utah desert or classic lines in Eldorado Canyon in Boulder, CO. An experienced outdoor educator, Jamie is passionate about teaching all climbers of all ability levels new skills. She loves being challenged by clients to explain complex technical climbing systems and gains a lot of joy from watching folks gain mastery and confidence over these skills. Jamie is also very passionate about exposing new people to the sport and working toward making climbing accessible for all. She firmly believes in the kinds of empowering, inspiring and challenging experiences the outdoors can provide and is committed to helping facilitate those experiences. Jamie currently lives in Fort Collins, CO where she also works at a rock climbing gym as the Director of Technical Programming and Head Instructor. She enjoys watching Game of Thrones, taking care of her four puffer fish and reading lots of history books.

AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
AIARE Avalanche Level 1
Wilderness First Responder Certified, Adult/Child CPR & AED

Tim Burke

Tim has been climbing for over 20 years and guiding single & multi-pitch rock for about 13 years.  He has taught & guided a diverse clientele ranging from school age kids to corporate executives and at risk youth to competitive athletes.  His passion is waterfall and alpine ice climbing, and guiding and teaching ice climbing is among his favorite things to instruct. Tim has been ripping down mountains via skis for 40 years! After he discovered telemark skiing in 1997 his eyes were opened to the world of backcountry skiing. Since then Tim has logged hundreds of days in the backcountry. He has climbed rock and ice throughout Colorado, the Adirondacks, Joshua Tree, Canada, and has done numerous trips up Mt. Rainier. Guiding for Tim started as an outgrowth of leading wilderness therapy trips into the backcountry with at-risk-teens and facilitating ropes courses. He enjoys the challenges that any and all guiding provides, and how clients can learn so much about themselves and the natural world. Tim helped start one of our favorite climbing non-profits, the Pikes Peak Climber’s Alliance. Although he claims to not be a huge morning person, he says there is nothing better than a sunrise after an alpine start. When he is not guiding, he oversees the adventure therapy program at Equinox Counseling Center. He resides in Colorado Springs and spends his free time traveling, camping and hanging out with his wife Tanya.  He enjoys riding his mountain bike and trail running to stay in shape, and is currently learning how to fly fish.

AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
AIARE Avalanche Level 1 and 2
Wilderness First Responder Certified

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Savannah Perry

Savannah is the guide manager for the Pikes Peak Alpine School. She is in charge of the daily operations for the school including overseeing trips that are going out or coming back, and being the liaison for clients before their trips. She also runs the social media channels for the outfit, keeping up with client interests and devising events or courses that get the community, new, and experienced climbers involved. Although finding passion on the ropes, Savannah’s favorite method through the mountains is splitboarding. She has skied, hiked, and biked Pikes Peak. When Savannah isn’t answering the phones or keeping the guides busy, she keeps up with the latest gear trends and takes way too many pictures of her dog, Trout.


AIARE Avalanche Level 1


American Mountain Guides Association, AMGA Flow Chart and Guide Title Breakdown.

Apprentice Alpine Guide = Alpine Guide Course
Assistant Alpine Guide = Advanced Alpine Guide Course
Certified Alpine Guide = Alpine Guide Exam

Apprentice Rock Guide = Rock Guide Course
Assistant Rock Guide = Advanced Rock Guide Course
Certified Rock Guide = Rock Guide Exam

Apprentice Ski Guide = Ski Guide Course
Assistant Ski Guide = Advanced Ski Guide Course
Certified Ski Guide = Ski Guide Exam

Pikes Peak Alpine School operates under special use permits from the USDA Forest Service, Pike National Forest and is an equal opportunity service provider & employer