Michael - AMR Guides

Michael is the owner of Alyeska Mountain and River Guides (DBA AMR Guides) based in Anchorage. He leads custom trips in the Alaska wilderness for adventurers, sportsmen and eco-tourists and specializes in floating, fishing and hunting the best of Alaska’s rivers. Michael has guided over a hundred expeditions in Alaska, The Yukon Territory, Patagonia and Antarctica and served as location scout, safety lead or guide for many Alaska films and documentaries. He graduated from Vanderbilt University earning a BS in Molecular Biology. Michael was the coordinator and head instructor for the Vanderbilt Outdoor Education Program where he taught Wilderness Skills and led climbing trips to the Alaska Range and Mount Fairweather. After graduation, he moved to Alaska where he worked as a mountain and river guide for Sepp Weber’s Alyeska Wilderness Guides before acquiring the business in 1993. In that same year, Michael worked with Antarctic explorer Norman Vaughan – the surviving member of the 1923 Admiral Byrd expedition – to plan a dogsled expedition to Antarctica’s Queen Maude Mountains where they would climb Mount Vaughan. He trained the accompanying National Geographic film crew in mountaineering and arctic survival and worked as the National Geographic guide and photographer. Michael taught mountaineering and rock climbing as an adjunct professor in the Alaska Wilderness Studies department at UAA and chaired the university risk management board.