Michael Wachs

Location Jackson, Wy

Role Guide

Years Guiding 8

About Michael Wachs

Michael is an outdoor educator and a guide from Idaho. His outdoor career took off when he worked at the City of Rocks under the Climbing Ranger in the summers off from college. After graduating University with a B.S. in Outdoor Education he received a job ski patrolling at Lake Louise in Canada, where he spent his season ice climbing and skiing in the Canadian Rockies. His most memorable trips have been to Yosemite, Mt. Rainier, Ruth’s Gorge in Alaska, and the Tetons. He is always excited to be in the mountains and show what they have to offer to others.


  • - AMGA Rock Guide Course
  • - AMGA Alpine Guide Course
  • - AMGA Ice Guide Course
  • - AMGA Ski Guide COurse
  • - Avalanche Level 3
  • - Wilderness EMT
  • - CPR


  • My experiences with JHMG have been uniformly outstanding.   Each guide that has worked with me over the years has taken a genuine interest in helping me advance my climbing.  The levels of professionalism, expertise, and interest in teaching among the guides I have worked with has been top-notch.

    — David Matthews
  • If you want to climb safely with confidence and learn about WHAT you are actually doing and climbing…Pick JHMG.  Hands down the best guys for the job!  YEARS of experience and professionalism are very obvious from the moment you step inside the shop.  Nice guys, well trained and fun to climb with!

    — Darren Davis
  • 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
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