Brian Smith is an Exum Lead Guide and an Internationally Certified AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide. He has been climbing for 23 years, skiing for 37 years, and guiding at Exum Mountain Guides for the past 15 years. Brian has lived in Jackson Hole since 1998, was a ski patroller at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort from 2006-2016, is a backcountry ski guide for both Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Exum Mountain Guides, used to lead rock and mountaineering courses for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), instructed for the School for International Expedition Training (SIET), and teaches avalanche courses for the American Avalanche Institute. Brian also holds certifications in Avalanche Level III, Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC), and CPR.

He has climbed and skied extensively in the Western US, Alaska, and the Canadian Rockies, with expeditions to Denali, Mount Hunter, and the Cordillera Blanca in Peru. Beyond the Tetons, Brian has guided rock climbing in the Wind River Wilderness, City of Rocks, Red Rock National Conservation Area, Eldorado Canyon, Boulder Canyon, RMNP, Castle Valley, Moab, and Indian Creek. He has also guided ice climbing in the Southfork of the Shoshone, just outside of Cody, Wyoming. Brian has skied off the summit of the Grand Teton three times, one of which was a co-guided ski descent with Exum Guide/American Avalanche Institute Instructor, Aaron Dahill. Brian has also climbed the Regular Northwest Face of Half Dome in a day, with Exum Guide Joe Stern, and recently completed a one-day traverse of the Cirque of the Towers in the Wind River Wilderness. Brian’s greatest accomplishment, however, is being a dad, and he enjoys spending as much time as possible with his three-year old daughter Stella, bouldering, bike riding, fly fishing, and skiing!

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