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Doug Workman

Discipline: Rock Climbing, Ice Climbing, Ski Mountaineering, and Heli Ski Guide

Favorite Mammut gear: Transmission Hybrid Jacket, Serendipity Rope, Pulse beacon, Nirvana Pack.

Favorite Skiing Area: Black Canyon/Chugach Mountains

Favorite Ski: Astroman/Otterbody Snowfields

About Doug Workman

Doug Workman began skiing when he was 4 years old on the blue ice that passes for powder in New England. He learned to rock climb on Connecticut’s Traprock crags before moving west to attend Colorado College in 1991.  Since graduating in 1995, he has lived in Jackson Hole. Favorite climbs include Yosemite’s timeless routes such as Triple Direct on El Cap in a day, Lost in America (VI 5.10 A4), Astroman (IV 5.11c), and the Rostrum (IV 5.11c). Favorite routes elsewhere include the Black Canyon of the Gunnison’s Stoned Oven (V 5.11+), the Fountainhead (IV 5.12a) in the Tetons and on-sights of Indian Creek’s King Cat (5.11d), Slotmachine (5.12-), Dos Hermanos (5.12-), and Quarter of a Man (5.12-.)

“I love it all—rock, ice, and alpine. The best is when it all comes together—the total package—which means when I get to the top of the ice and the rock, I get to ski down.”

One such “total package” that Doug remembers fondly was his 2006 descent of the Otter Body on the Grand Teton with Doug Coombs, filmed in High Definition for the "Waiting Game."

Doug has established new routes on the East Face of Mount Nevermore in Alaska’s Kichatna Spires (VI 5.9 A2), Wanderlust (VI 5.10+ A3) on Mt. Beatrice in Pakistan’s Karakoram, and routes in China’s rarely visited Kok-Shal-Tau range.

To keep up with the Joneses of Jackson Hole, Doug works as a professional mountain guide. In the Summer and Fall, Doug works in the Tetons, Wind River Range, and Desert Southwest for Jackson Hole Mountain Guides. In the Winter he works for JHMG, High Mountain Helicopter Skiing and Jackson Hole Ski Patrol. In the Spring he migrates to Alaska where he works for Valdez Heli-Ski Guides in the Chugach and Alaska Mountaineering School on Denali. In May and June he guides ski mountaineering trips in the Tetons, including descents of the Ford Coulior on the Grand Teton.

Doug is also a published writer. His work has appeared in Powder Magazine, Alpinist, Climbing Magazine, the American Alpine Journal, and the Jackson Hole Planet.