Our Guides

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Eric Whewell

Head Guide, AMGA/IMFGA Certified Mountain Guide
Eric is certified through the American Mountain Guides Association in the Rock, Alpine and Ski disciplines, becoming the 88th American to attain IFMGA certification. He is the Head Guide at SAI. Eric is part of the AMGA Instructor Team, teaching and evaluating aspiring guides on courses and exams. Additionally, he is an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Program Provider. He serves on the Technical Committee for the AMGA and is a Leave No Trace Trainer.
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Dan Hunter

Guide, Single Pitch Instructor & Apprentice Rock Guide
Dan has always had a passion for adventure. After a six month self guided trekking trip through the Andes, he realized climbing high altitude remote peaks was one of his main goals in life. Moving to Boulder, CO to pursue his dream, he immediately began sport climbing along the front range, soloing the flatirons, and climbing all the 14ers in Colorado. Dan quickly progressed to snow and alpine ice climbs in Rocky Mountain National Park, leading trad and ice, and high altitude scrambles and runs. Dan received his wilderness first responder from NOLS in the summer of 2016 and began working for Avid 4 Adventure teaching youth rock climbing and outdoor survival skills. His progression has continued with becoming an experienced ski mountaineer, along with taking on longer more committed ice and rock routes in the mountains.
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Brad Hodge

Assistant Guide
Brad is a Colorado native and cut his teeth in the Rocky Mountains, loading up in the family car as a kid and setting off on unplanned adventures. Since then, he has explored many avenues of playing outdoors professionally, working as a volunteer Wildland Firefighter, a Whitewater Rafting Guide and a Colorado State Park Ranger. He has earned over a dozen safety and skills certifications, including Wilderness First Responder, Avalanche Safety and Winter Wilderness Survival. Brad chases his passions and maintains the pursuit of adventure at the forefront of his life. He savors the unmatched calm that can be found above 14,000 feet and is on a quest to answer the call of every summit, and moving up to bigger mountains in foreign lands. Brad is planning to become a certified AMGA Single Pitch Instructor in the summer of 2020.

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Scott Halpenny

Owner
Scott's background is in Business/IT consulting and built Summit Ascents International from the ground up. Scott's lived his life in the mountains from an early age, by starting to ski at age 14. He told his Father while in Breckenridge at age 15, that after he graduated from high school he was going to come to Colorado and become a mountain guide. After school, he went a different route with an undergrad in psych and an MBA in Enterprise IT management and Finance. He spent most of his career helping fortune 500 companies rebuild business and IT processes throughout the world, including clients such as Bank of New York Mellon, First Data Services, and even Petzl and Osprey. He finally fulfilled his life long dream by building SAI and working to better the industry as a whole through business innovation. Scott is an avid ice/rock climber, backcountry skier, back packer, and peak bagger.
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Tony Victor

Accounting & Operations
Since his first trips snowboarding to the Sierras Tony has been inspired to spend as much time as possible in the mountains and other amazing wilderness areas. He began rock climbing in high school on the quartzite cliffs of Devils Lake State Park in Wisconsin. This early love for climbing and desire for adventuring in the mountains pushed him to explore the remote Wind River Range during a month long NOLS Mountaineering course in 2011. Tony moved to Colorado to attend the University of Colorado and after graduating in 2016 spends much of his free time backcountry snowboarding, climbing, or spending long days hiking peaks.