Cowardice… is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend functioning of the imagination. -Earnest Hemmingway

Skyward Mountaineering

The art of mountain guiding is a profession to be taken seriously. Vince Anderson and Steve House, partners and guides of Skyward Mountaineering, have undergone extensive training and examination culminating in their achievements IFMGA certifications. This internationally recognized standard is the highest level of certification available to professional mountain guides. As well, they are certified by the American Mountain Guides’ Association as Alpine Guides, Rock Guides, and Ski Mountaineering Guides. They both hold a Level III Avalanche certification, and are also certified as Wilderness First Responders.

Personal Philosophy

“My office is also my playground and I always maintain an avid enthusiasm for the sport which spawned my career. I am continually striving to be a better climber and to push my own personal skills to new heights.”
- Vince Anderson


Vince lives in Grand Junction, Colorado, north of the Northern San Juan Mountains and just east of the Colorado Plateau desert. From here, one can access an endless playground offering virtually year round rock and ice climbing, mountaineering, and skiing.

Read more about what Vince has to say in his latest blog post.

Steve lives in Ridgway, Colorado, and frequently travels to Europe and Asia, climbing and skiing along the way.

Steve writes a blog focused on his training. Read it here.

For more on Vince and Steve, visit the About page.