Michael Wachs

Location Jackson, WY

Role Winter Lead Guide

Years Guiding 11

About Michael Wachs

Michael is an IFMGA/UIAGM Licensed Mountain Guide. He has been with TMG for 9 years and manages hiring, staffing, and training guides as our Winter Lead Guide. Michael also has ski guided in Switzerland, Norway, Canada, Argentina and Antarctica, with first ski descents in many countries as well. He has on-site guided the Matterhorn in Switzerland as well as guided Denali in Alaska. When he’s not skiing or climbing he spends his time with his wife Frances and his dog Jax.


  • - AMGA Certified Alpine
  • - AMGA Certified Ski
  • - AMGA Certified Rock
  • - 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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