Phil Powers

Location Jackson, WY

Role President

Years Guiding 43

About Phil Powers

Phil Powers has been an owner since 1998 and currently serves as company President. He previously served as CEO with the American Alpine Club and as Chief Mountaineering Instructor with the National Outdoor Leadership School. He has led dozens of expeditions to mountains in the Americas and Pakistan. He made the first ascents of Lukpilla Brakk’s Western Edge and the Washburn Face on Denali. In 1992 he made the first winter traverse of the Cathedral Peaks in the Tetons  with Greg Collins and Gary Wilmot. He has climbed two 8,000 meter peaks–K2 and Gasherbrum II–both without the use of supplemental oxygen. Phil is a certified Rock Guide and the author of “Wilderness Mountaineering.” He remains an active climber and skier and lives in Kelly, Wyoming and Putney, Vermont.


  • - AMGA Certified Rock Guide
  • - Wilderness First Aid
  • - CPR


  • Thanks to Jackson Hole Mountain Guides for your time, effort and patience to get this old man to the top of the Grand Teton on my 60th anniversary climb. I am proud of you and your excellent climbing school.

    — Paul Petzoldt, the first Teton guide and founder of NOLS and Exum Guide Service
  • Thank you for taking us on the climb. It was such a blast! Being on the Grand was really neat and I hope to do more climbs like it. Thanks for teaching me many things!

    — Heather Berch, age 15 (recipient of Jim Ratz Memorial Scholarship)
  • 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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