Skip Horner is an adventure guide extraordinaire. For over three decades
he has been leading a wide and creative range
of expeditions all over the world. He has traveled to over 80 countries,
and has guided trips in 45.
As a mountain guide he was the first person to lead people to the tops
of the 7 Summits, the highest peak on each of the seven continents,
culminating with Mt. Everest. He has also led ascents of dozens of other
mountains worldwide, including 28 ascents of Kilimanjaro, 8 ascents
of Mt. Vinson, the highest peak in Antarctica, and 5 expeditions to
Gunnbjornsfjeld, the highest peak in the Arctic. He’s taken people
to Himalayan summits for over 30 years.
Skip has spent years of his life in wild water. As a whitewater rafting
guide he led the first descents of 11 major rivers, including the Yangtze,
the Zambezi, and the Indus, as well as in such far-flung places as
Turkey, Nepal, Madagascar, Albania, Chile and Papua New Guinea. He
has run the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon 35 times.
Along with his wife Elizabeth, Skip runs his own guiding business,
Skip Horner Worldwide, Inc. He designs all his own trips, many of which
are one-of-a-kind offerings to the worlds’ most remote
mountain ranges, as well as camel crossings of the Sahara, treks across
the high Himalaya, walking safaris in Africa, and unusual cultural
and wildlife expeditions to all seven continents. He recently led
a ski expedition to the North Pole, a three-week walking safari in
Zimbabwe, and an overland expedition the length of Patagonia. His
exploits have been filmed by the BBC and ABC Sports.
Skip’s greatest pleasure is in helping his clients reach their
highest goals. “I like finding my way in wild country, but I love
taking others with me,” he says. “I was born to guide.”
National Geographic Adventure calls him the ‘Uber-Guide’
for his amazing variety of abilities and experience. Paddler Magazine
nominated him as one of the top ‘Paddlers of the 20th Century’,
and put him on their cover. In “Peaks”, Richard Bangs calls
him ‘thaumaturgic’, a worker of miracles, for his ability
to get clients to the summit and safely down again.
Skip is a Fellow in the Explorers Club, he’s a certified Alpine
Guide with the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), and he’s
on the faculty of the Wilderness Medical Conference. He’s a
popular lecturer and inspirational speaker, an accomplished photographer,
and a successful entrepreneur and family man. He lives in the mountains of Montana with his wife
Elizabeth and their two cats Kramer and Ambrose, while their two
children pursue their careers in forensics and in film-making.