About Us


The Local Experts in Outdoor Recreation and Adventure

in the Mount Mansfield Region, Stowe, Vermont

Local. Experienced. Certified.

Custom Trips To Match Your Wishes

At Sunrise Mountain Guides we want you to take a guided trip with us and use it as an educational opportunity after which you will be able use your new skills, to create your own adventures.

Whatever level of experience you have, we will create a trip to match your needs and desires, while showing you our wonderful backyard playground at the foot of Mt. Mansfield in Stowe, Vermont.

With safety as our number one priority, Sunrise Mountain Guides introduces, educates and encourages discovery of the Vermont “Mountain lifestyle”.


As Featured in the Best of Central Vermont





Alex Sargent

Alex Sargent is Sunrise Mountain Guides’ “lead guide” and has always enjoyed the outdoors. Alex has been climbing and skiing for most of his life. The native Vermonter has traveled around the world for adventure and outdoor experiences and enjoys sharing his passion with others. His love for Vermont and adventure has helped him to discover some of the best climbing and outdoor experiences in the state. Alex’s many accomplishments include multiple first ascents of rock and ice climbing in the Smugglers’ Notch area.

Alex served 26 years as an instructor and leader in the United States Army Mountain Warfare School. There he gained extensive training and experience to teach and guide in the mountains. He is also an American Mountain Guide Certified Rock Instructor. Alex has climbed all over the world. Extensively in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. He is also an avid adventure racer and runner when not in the mountains. He and his wife Elizabeth, have shared in many of his adventures, as well as their two children who also enjoy the mountain adventure lifestyle.

Greg Speer

Greg grew up in Vermont and has spent over 45 years hiking, skiing and climbing the Green Mountains. He also spent 10 years living in Seattle, Washington where he climbed, hiked and skied extensively in the Pacific Northwest.  He has guided in the Stowe area for the past 25 years and was co-founder of the Stowe chapter of the Bill Koch Youth League and the Stowe Nordic Outing Club.

Currently, Greg is a member of the Stowe Mountain Rescue Team and holds an  EMT-B certification, Swift Water Rescue 1 and 2 certification, AIARE Level 1 Avalanche certification, SRI Rope Management / Rescue certification,  Ice Rescue certification, Peak Rescue Institute Technician Level NFPA 1670/ 1006 Compliant Rope Rescue Certification and attended the Mountain Instructor Award Training Program at Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore, Scotland and the American Mountain Guide Association, Single Pitch Instructor Course.

Ted Barrett

Ted has 19 years of experience working in outdoor education and guiding including positions as a surf, whitewater, hiking and dive instructor for Costa Rica Outward Bound, director of the rescue dive program and sailboat captain for Action Quest, a NOLS instructor in the sailing, white water, and backcountry skiing programs, a programmer and Caribbean director for Broadreach and most recently, founder and director of MountainSea, our partner for Sunrise Mountain Guides international and domestic destination trips.

When he isn’t leading MountainSea adventures or guiding in Stowe with Sunrise Mountain Guides, Ted enjoys pursuing his passions in building furniture, downhill skiing, surfing, scuba diving and playing tennis. He really enjoys guiding and sharing his experiences with others and is excited to bring his skills and enthusiasm to Sunrise Mountain Guides.

Walt Ward

Walt is a retired US military veteran. He began his enlistment with the Marines and finished service with the US Army. While in service, Walt completed many schools including Ranger, Airborne and Survival (SERE). He also represented Ft. Bragg at the 97 Best Ranger Competition at Ft. Benning, Ga.

In 2006 Walt came to the Vermont National Guard and became a Combat Medic, Sniper, and a Mountaineering Instructor at the US Army Mountain Warfare School.

Walt was also an Ocean Rescue Life Guard and Personal Watercraft Specialist serving in the Outer Banks, NC where he achieved the rank of Captain. In addition Walt attended Fire Academy and was a full time EMT certified Fire fighter.