Jacob Schmitz

Location Jackson, WY

Role Guide

Years Guiding 24

About Jacob Schmitz

Jacob is originally from California. After spending seven years climbing and working in Yosemite. Jacob decided to spend the majority of his time in the greater ranges around the world. Jacob spends around 200 nights a year in a tent working on different expeditions from Alaska to Antarctica. In 2012 he became one of the few guides to guide the “Seven Summits”. And has lead over 70 expeditions to peaks over 6,000 meters including five expeditions to 8,000 meter peaks, guiding Everest, Cho Oyu, and Makalu.
His favorite thing about trips into the mountains is the reward of having a happy summit team and seeing the team progress in the art of mountaineering.
When not on expeditions or climbing, he enjoys traveling around the world and cycling.




  • Aimee [Barnes] & Jacob [Schmitz] were the ultimate professionals. Working with JHMG was a great experience.

    — Greg Howington
  • I just wanted to thank you for setting us up with such unbelievable guides.  They were absolutely solid, professional and fun to be around.  We couldn’t have had better, nor better results.  That climb of the Grand is something I’ll never forget.  I will be back to climb Mt. Moran next.

    —  Paul Edelbrock
  • I just climbed the Grand Teton with three amazing guides from JHMG. Nate, Paul and Jacob have years of experience mountaineering, and their professionalism and ability is second to none. I would climb with any of them again, without hesitation.

    — Wm. Craig Penglase
  • I thought all three of our guides, Nate, Paul and Jacob were extremely professional, very patient and took the time to get to know us.  They were informative on the actual climb and expectations.  I enjoyed the experience and would feel comfortable recommending and choosing JHMG again.  I also wanted to give a shout-out to Mark and Patrick in the office who helped to coordinate everything on the front-end for me.  They did an awesome job!!

    — Michele Smith
  • This July, I was invited to join some friends form Park City, Utah to climb the Grand Teton. I faced three big challenges. First, I had no climbing experience. Second, I am not a huge camper. Third, I was very apprehensive about what it would be like and perhaps more importantly if I could do it. The trip I pursued was a three day trip, day 1 to base camp, day 2 training and day 3 ascend and descend. For my first challenge of having no climbing experience, JHMG prepared a day of training to build my basic climbing skills, repelling skills, and how to work as a team. Not having been through any of this before, they took the time to uncover that and customize the training for my level of experience (or none as it were). Throughout each part of the training, they used proven adult learning approaches, gave me multiple attempts to build confidence and provided important feedback when I needed it. Challenge number two (little camping appetite) was a place where JHMG really stood out. Unlike other guide companies I researched, JHMG made breakfast and dinner for us each day of the adventure. The food was good, the company was even better and the fact the trip had some high-end touches unrelated to climbing were welcome after a hard day of climbing, training or the day of the big summit. Those small touches were a big deal. Finally, challenge three and my apprehension of the technical elements of the climb. The training day was a difference maker but the real test was on the mountain the day we made the summit. The climb to the summit for me, was a mental challenge on two fronts. Although physically I felt OK, I tended to move too quickly. Several of the guides helped me set and maintain a pace that I could maintain that helped us get to the top. When I reached points in the climb and was unsure if I could do it or continue, I had multiple experts breaking down the task into small pieces and helping me achieve each one. At several points in the climb it was their technical support, ongoing training and encouragement that made all the difference. So, two weeks later, I think about Mark, Jacob and Jason, their tireless work to prepare me, create a high-end experience, and build my confidence that it was achievable. Given to my own challenges, I know I could not have achieved this without their help. I am so grateful for their attention to detail, attention to my experience and professionalism.

    — Alec Ford
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