IFMGA/AMGA Mountain Guide
Mike Arnold grew up in northern Maine -- way northern Maine, where they speak French and the winters are long. Good, too, because he grew up with snow, ice, rock, and the great outdoors in his blood. A ski racer, soccer star, and amateur bike racer in his youth, he quickly discovered mountain guiding as his passion while enrolled at Colorado Mountain College. He eventually devoted himself to full immersion in the curriculum at the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), earning his international certification in September 2014. Mike passed all three exams (rock, ski, alpine) within seven months, and all on the first try -- five years after his first course. He was the 96th American to earn his international credential through the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA).
He apprenticed with our great friend, Eli Helmuth (IFMGA), for several years and still guides for Eli's company, ClimbingLife Guides, on occasion. Mike also works for the elite outfit, Aspen Expeditions. He's equally adept in rock (he has climbed 5.13), alpine (having climbed WI5 and M9), and ski (he skis really, really well!).
Mike is a co-founder of Vetta Mountain Guides.