Good guiding is inimitable. There is no substitute for the knowledge and experience of a dignified professional.
Because the number of such qualified guides is so small, we prefer to limit the size of our company, building our reputation on the quality of our service and results.
Every Above Ouray Ice & Tower Rock Guide must meet the highest standards for qualification.
More information on choosing a guide can be found here.
GUIDES & INSTRUCTORS
Andy on the Yellow Wall 5.10+, V
The Diamond - Longs Peak, CO
43 Years Guiding & Teaching
48 Years Mountaineering, Rock & Ice Climbing, & Ski Mountaineering
The owner and director of Above Ouray Ice & Tower Rock Guides, Andy Petefish, is a Fifth Generation Western Coloradan that has been climbing rock & ice worldwide during the last 48 years, and has been guiding in these areas for the last 43. During the last 32 years while operating Devils Tower's oldest, safest, and most reputable local guide service, he has successfully climbed and enjoyably guided more groups to the summit of Devils Tower than anyone. His tally is well over 2,000 and growing. Andy has also pushed free climbing standards to its highest levels at Devils Tower by establishing its most difficult free climbs.
Andy on Road Map Cover
doing another lap on Mr. Clean
5.11 at Devils Tower
His goal is to provide you with the best guiding and teaching skills he can. This is the reason he became one of America's first few, and Devils Tower's first Certified Guide & USMGA Endorsed Rock Guide by successfully completing the AMGA's most Advanced Rock Guides Exam on the Big Walls of Yosemite Valley 26 years ago in 1991.
Andy began his 43 year long guiding career in the 1970's for a small guide service called Mountain Sense which was started by one of the owners of Marmot Mountain Works at that time in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Along the way, Andy picked up a degree in Geophysical Engineering with a Minor in Geology at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. As a result, Andy can answer in detail all of your questions about the rock formations you are climbing on with him.
Andy has also volunteered on many rescue teams and worked as an Instructor for National Park Service High Angle Rescue Seminars and Training Sessions at Devils Tower, WY; Colorado National Monument, CO; and at Joshua Tree National Park, CA.
Lenore, Andy, Dave, & Ann after a successful ascent of Moses 5.11, A0, IV
During 1989, 1990, and 1991, Andy completed a large Voluntary Bolt Replacement Project at Devils Tower in coordination with the Access Fund and American Mountain Foundation.
In the mid 1990's, Andy volunteered help during the early construction stages of the Ouray Ice Park in Ouray, Colorado.
Andy's experience base, certification, and patiently warm happy go-lucky nature makes him the guide of choice for your next climbing adventure in the areas where we operate. References are available upon request.
11 Years Guiding & Teaching
16 Years Mountaineering, Rock & Ice Climbing, & Ski Mountaineering
As a Black Hills native, Wil's climbing experience began in this area. He started climbing at Devils Tower fifteen years ago and began working for Tower Guides in 2004.
Wil - Summit Rappel
at Devils Tower, WY
Wil then worked as a NPS Climbing Ranger at Devils Tower for many seasons and has since gained extensive knowledge of climbing routes and the history around the Tower and Black Hills climbing.
Wil spent eight seasons working for the National Park Service. During that time, he trained as a climbing/ law enforcement Ranger, Wilderness EMT, and high-angle rescue technician. He graduated from the National Search and Rescue Academy in 2014.
Wil has participated in dozens of technical rescues in complex, high-angle environments while working for Yosemite, Zion, Joshua Tree, and Devils Tower SAR teams. His attention to detail regarding your personal safety will keep your mind at ease while climbing with him.
Wil with Father & Son duo atop Devils Tower, WY.
Wil's climbing experiences have taken him across the country. From the Gunks of New York and limestone in El Potrero Chico, Mexico, to the walls of Yosemite and the top of the Grand Teton. He has climbed 80 different routes at Devils Tower and has over 200 summits.
Wil holds a Bachelor of Science in English/Communication from Black Hills State University. He spends his off-time Ski Patrolling through the winter season, dog walking, and becoming a lousy banjo player. Wether its waxing poetic about Tower history, fall factors, or Shakespeare, Wil can truly make your adventure memorable.
19 Years Guiding & Teaching
27 Years Mountaineering, Rock & Ice Climbing, & Ski Mountaineering
Bob Brockley started working for Tower Guides 16 years ago in 2000.
Bob Guiding a Group
at Devils Tower, WY
Since 2000, Bob has been teaching our ice courses in the San Juan's, and guiding tower routes in the Moab/Canyonlands Area and at Devils Tower, WY.
Bob's guiding education began while earning his B.A. in Wilderness Leadership at Prescott College, and has been furthered with several AMGA and Avalanche courses.
Bob began guiding in 1997, and his experience includes leading expeditions in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina and Mexico internationally, while domestically he guides rock and ice throughout the San Juan's, Utah desert, Vermont, and Wyoming.
He is a Wilderness First Responder, AIRIE qualified Avalanche Instructor, and speaks Spanish.
Bob Guiding on Aconcagua
in South America.
While not guiding, Bob stays busy climbing big walls from Yosemite to Peru, riding his split snowboard in the San Juan backcountry, and surfing friendly waves in Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Bryan Bornholdt, Ph.D.
Bryan on Desert Shield
Zion N.P., UT
29 Years Guiding & Teaching
33 Years Mountaineering, Rock & Ice Climbing
Bryan Bornholdt started working for Tower Guides 15 years ago in 2001.
Bryan Teaching Belaying
at Devils Tower, WY
Since 2001, Bryan has been guiding wild Desert Towers in the Moab/Canyonlands area and helping at Devils Tower, WY.
Bryan has a Ph.D in Mathematics and can teach you Algebra & Calculus while you are climbing with him, and if you run into a difficult section he will be the first to help you conquer your "Boundary Conditions".
Bryan's experience depth rock climbing in the Western United States is incredible. He is both an accomplished aid and free climber as well as an amazing instructor.
Bryan Guiding on the Priest
Moab/Canyonlands Area, UT