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Bear House Mountain Guiding

Ogden, UT, USA
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About Bear House Mountain Guiding
Bear House Mountain Guiding is the premier source for rock climbing guiding and instruction in the northern Wasatch. The first dedicated guide service in Ogden, BHMG serves indivduals of all skill levels, from first-time to advanced climbers. Services include introductory climbing, skills clinics, team building, and family and group rates.
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Hoyawolf wrote a review Sep 2016
Kampala, Uganda10 contributions1 helpful vote
Bear House Mountain Guides are without a doubt among the most professional mountain guiding services with whom I have climbed or skied on three continents. During numerous ski ascents Derek displayed a savvy professionalism of the highest caliber moving through avalanche terrain. His local knowledge and technical proficiency always delivered the best powder stashes in the safest manner. Additionally, Derek is as adept guiding clients on multi-pitch mixed alpine routes as he is ski ascents. Derek is also a great photographer so you will get the goods to show you have been there and done that. He guided me up the gray slabs route III 5.9 in winter followed by a ski descent of Mt Ogden. An excellent adventure. Throughout the climb his attention to detail ensured that not only was my experience top notch but he imparted as much of knowledge as I was willing to absorb. Having climbed and skied with guides in the Alps I can attest this is not always the case. I would recommend Bear House Mountain Guides in the strongest terms possible. If you want a superb outing, with great customer service, personalized treatment, and an excellent adventure you need look no farther. Their knowledge of the local Ogden area is unsurpassed. Six stars out of five!
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Date of experience: March 2016
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Vlad P wrote a review Sep 2016
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I have participated in the American Mountain Guides Association Single Pitch Instructor Assessment provided by Bear House Mountain Guiding. The assessment was a pass/fail 2-day course designed to accredit participants the certification to instruct in single pitch terrain. Derek and Wes, the instructors of the course, were very professional and knowledgeable, giving excellent feedback when needed. I would not hesitate to hire any of the guides from Bear House if I wanted to learn something new, brush up on some skills, or just go climbing for the day. I have climbed and skied with Derek in the past, and although this was on his personal time (not a guided trip), I could tell he is an amazing guide, climber, and overall good person. I have been climbing for about 10 years, however, every time I would climb with Derek I would learn something new. He is an outstanding teacher, and that, combined with the amount of knowledge he has, makes him an excellent guide and rock climbing instructor.
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Date of experience: August 2016
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Matt F wrote a review Sep 2016
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I went to one of Bear House Mountain Guiding's climbing clinics in August of 2016. I am a fairly experienced beginner-intermediate climber. We worked with John and Vlad. They assessed my skill level, asked me what I wanted to learn that day and helped me achieve those goals. The best thing is that their teaching style wasn't condescending or patronizing. They were completely approachable and really attentive to my skill and comfort level. I absolutely would recommend using BHMG and I can't wait to go on my next adventure with them next weekend.
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Date of experience: August 2016
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13mgotchy wrote a review Sep 2016
Morgan, Utah1 contribution3 helpful votes
Derek DeBruin, the owner of BHMG, is an incredible instructor. As I learned to climb from him, he helped me recognize the skills I already had and encouraged continual growth. I used to be afraid of heights, but after receiving climbing instruction from Derek, I cannot get enough of climbing. Derek is very personable and helped me feel comfortable as I learned new skills. He's very patient with new learners and explains climbing in a way that is quite easy to understand. I never felt uncomfortable asking questions. Derek was always clear in his instructions and helped me understand what was expected of me to be an effective climber. I couldn't have had a better experience learning to climb for the first time. I highly recommend Derek as a guide, whether for first time climbers, for climbers wanting to learn new skills, or even experienced climbers looking for new adventures.
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Date of experience: October 2015
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Elizabeth J wrote a review Sep 2016
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I learned so much and had a blast multi pitch climbing with Derek. All my questions were thoroughly answered. He is a really knowledgeable and fun teacher and Susan is the best. She is one of my favorite people to climb with! I love learning from her because she explains how everything works so you understand why you need to do all the things. Climbing is awesome and these guys can help you get out on great adventures.
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Date of experience: June 2016
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