Justin Sackett

Justin enjoying some alpine rock climbing!

Justin Sackett

Justin grew up in the Appalachian foothills of North Georgia and began his guiding career after graduating from Georgia Tech with a major in Mechanical Engineering. While in school, Justin began his climbing career on the beautiful granite domes in North Carolina. Justin then moved to Washington where he focused more on technical glacier and ice climbing routes. Some of his favorite climbs in North America include the North Ridge of Mount Baker, the Nose on El Capitan, and the West Ridge of Forbidden Peak in the North Cascades. When not guiding or climbing, Justin enjoys ski mountaineering and slalom water skiing!

Work Experience

Justin began his guiding career in Washington on Mount Rainier. Since then, he has guided on the alpine rock of the Eastern Sierra in California, the frozen waterfalls around Ouray, Colorado, and the flowing glaciers of Alaska. Justin has guided over 50 summits of Rainier, over 20 summits of Mount Whitney, and 2 summits of Denali. Internationally, Justin has guided on the glaciated volcanoes in Ecuador and Mexico, as well as the fluted snow faces of the Cordillera Real Range in Bolivia.


Justin is a lifelong learner and is constantly seeking improvement and updating his best practices. Justin maintains a Leave No Trace Trainer Certificate, Wilderness First Responder certification, and holds an AIARE Pro 1 certification. Additionally, Justin has taken the AMGA Rock Guide course and Alpine Guide Course.

Connect with Justin

Justin is active on social media and loves sharing his adventures with others. You can view his instagram profile here. Additionally, if you’d like to book a private trip with Justin, you can set it up with SMI here.

Some Photos

Justin leading a steep snow pitch on Huayna in Bolivia above the city of La Paz.

Justin’s favorite time of the day is sunrise. Luckily for him, he gets to see a lot of those mountain guiding. This one is on Mount Whitney.

Nice ridge shot from Chimborazo in Ecuador!