Alpine Mentors Group 2012-2014
Hello, My name is Buster Jesik. I am a Colorado native who began climbing at age 11. I have since gone on to ascend rock, big-wall, ice, and alpine climbs in the United States, Mexico, and Peru. My interest in climbing began when I was hiking 14,000 foot peaks as a boy scout, then quickly progressed into traditional rock and ice climbing. After studying music in college, I began guiding in the Colorado Springs area, and have since become an American Mountain Guides Association-certified Rock Guide, my first step towards my goal of certification as an IFMGA licensed mountain guide. Besides guiding for several Colorado based organizations, I also coach a competition climbing team for Fountain Valley School, work as a field instructor for the Rocky Mountain Field Institute, and play in a band based in Colorado Springs.
Steven van Sickle - I spent the first 17 years of my life being raised in the Air Force and then promptly began my climbing life in New Mexico. I learned to climb on the steep granite cliffs of the Sandia Mtns outside of Albuquerque. Finally, an 1989 Toyota Corolla wagon opened my world and I began down the endless road of perfecting my climbing skills. Now living in Ouray, Colorado I am able to practice all the styles of climbing I love, and even more so now that I have the opportunity to learn from my friends and mentors in the program. In the unfortunate circumstance of rain I like to play guitar, listen to reggae, read books, and think about future climbing trips.
Colin Simon - I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where family backpacking trips to the Sierras opened my eyes to the mountains. I discovered rock climbing at age 19, and quickly sought out the longest routes I could find in Yosemite Valley. Attending college in Colorado gave me the opportunity to swing ice tools into the frozen waterfalls around Ouray Colorado and Cody Wyoming. I graduated from C.U. Boulder in 2011, but have yet to find a lasting employment opportunity that truly fits me. For now I'll focus on getting cold, wet and scared.