Our Guides

Our Guides

Owner/ Head Guide: Dan Wiwczar

danolympusFounding Alpine Outdoor Adventures in 2012, Dan has spent most of his adult life acquiring the skills to become an outdoor educator/guide. After spending 8 years as an Infantryman in the US Army, he spends his free time climbing anywhere he can, from Maine to Washington to Alaska. His love for the outdoors, and the desire to share his knowledge, has led him to a career in which he can use his experience to lead others to places they otherwise would not have an opportunity to see.

Dan is a licensed NYS Outdoor Guide in Rock and Ice Climbing, holds a Single Pitch Instructor AMGA certification for rock climbing, a Wilderness First Responder, and recently returned from a successful summit in an expedition to Denali in 2015.

NYS Guide License #6744

Guide: Dave Shultz

Dave has climbed and skied extensively in the Pacific Northwest, including technical routes on Mount Rainier, Nooksack Tower, Mount Shuksan, Mount Baker, the Torment-Forbidden Traverse, Washington Pass, Mount Stuart, and Mount Hood. In the Northeast, he has climbed technical routes on Mount Katahdin and Mount Washington.  Dave has also visited the Canadian Rockies, Colorado, and the Tetons. Dave enjoys pure rock and ice climbing but he truly relishes remote alpine climbing and technical ski alpinism.

Dave is a licensed NYS Outdoor Guide in Rock and Ice Climbing, attended the AMGA Rock Guide Course and Ski Guide Course, a certified Wilderness First Responder, and is AIARE Level I and II certified.  He is attending the AMGA Alpine Guide Course this June, and is pursing a full AMGA certification.

NYS Guide License #7458

Guide: James Brigagliano

JamesAs a New York State native and photographer James spends much of his time planning and executing unique adventures in the mountains of New York, New England and beyond.  Experienced in ultra-light backpacking, backcountry skiing, mountain biking, and mountaineering, he combines these skills to enjoy the mountains in the most fun and exciting way possible.  James loves spending time with people in the wilderness sharing experiences and his appreciation for nature.

James is a licensed NYS Outdoor Guide and Wilderness First Aid certified.  Currently pursuing avalanche education and training for National Ski Patrol.

NYS Guide License #6951

Assitant Guide: Simon Thompson

Discovering the allure of the mountains in the Colorado Rockies in 2005, Simon has relentlessly pursued a wide variety of climbing disciplines. He became interested in guiding when taking wilderness education classes at SUNY Potsdam. Since then, he has climbed and adventured extensively around the Adirondacks and White Mountains in between trips to the larger mountains of Colorado, Washington, California, Utah, and Nevada. Simon has taken the AMGA Rock Guide Course and is pursuing further guiding training. He enjoys all types of climbing, in all types of weather, and is always eager to share his knowledge and experience with others.

Simon is a Licensed Practical Nurse, has attended the AMGA Rock Guide Course, and is in the process of obtaining his NYS Guide license, Avalanche training, and AMGA Rock Guide Certification.

Yoga Instructor: Lacey Seidman

Lacey first became enamored with anatomy and the fundamentals of balance as a gymnast in her early teens. After discovering yoga’s health benefits during post-surgery rehabilitation, she was inspired to use her intuition and 15 years of practitioner experience to make yoga more accessible for others. She teaches strong-but-nurturing classes and privates in the Hudson Valley and NYC, and with 500 hours of RYT training, is currently studying anatomy and teaching strategies with Amy Matthews at The Breathing Project. Lacey’s mindful and articulate instruction allows students to explore alignment, body awareness and breath-centered movement through their own unique lens.


Yoga Instructor: Kyla Wendenko

Kyla’s appreciation for movement is endless. She’s had the opportunity to work and learn with the body and its diversities with many people in many practices. With a classically trained dance background, She has been teaching dance since 2005 and began practicing yoga 2006. With a 200 hour RYT, and a reiki practitioner of the 2nd level, the philosophy of her yoga instructions is to bring people into their own beautiful movement capabilities and personal growth. To reveal your own practice, using your own proper alignment. Journey towards your authentic inner light and let it expand through strengthening and stretching to the fullest potential, using your breath as your guide through all. Her passion to uplift, inspire and nurture radiate in her mindful articulation of this ancient and healthy practice.



Interested in employment with Alpine Outdoor Adventures? Please send your resume to info@alpineoutdooradventures.com

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