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Mike Briseno

“It is my goal as an educator and guide to help clients build a connection to place through positive experiences while leading with intention, empathy, and compassion.”

How’d Mike end up working with Expeditions Alaska?

“Carl, I don’t hike in the rain bro.”



Mike B for bringing it


My philosophy on wilderness expeditions and guiding is built upon intention. With intention everything we do; where we travel, when we travel, where we camp, how we conduct ourselves in bear country etc; is not without forethought. Intention keeps our clothes dry, our camps dialed, and our impact minimal. Intention will get you back to the van. And the van is warm and dry.

All About Me

I moved to Alaska from Texas in 2009. I have spent my time exploring and enjoying Alaska’s vast backcountry. I am an avid rock climber, ice climber, mixed climber, skier, and a passionate disc golfer.

I have a BA in outdoor studies and an MS in outdoor and environmental education from Alaska Pacific University. I have guided trips with clients since 2013 and have logged over a 100 professional weeks in the field.

Risk Management is core component of all the trips I lead.  I begin every expedition with risk management briefings to outline clear expectations for myself and clients. I finish with an in-depth discussion/ safety briefing of objective hazards we could encounter and my plan for mitigation.

I work to maintain open and clear lines of communication between myself and clients to ensure everyone  is enjoying themselves and feeling supported during challenging and strenuous moments.


I Care

First and foremost I am an educator and I want my clients to walk away with skills and techniques they can apply to other situations.


LNTMaster Educator,
Avalanche Level 1 & Avalanche Level 2,
National Outdoor Leadership School Instructor Course

Focus In The Field

My focus is education with a goal to create a common language to further our knowledge of the wild places around us. 

I'd really prefer ...

… to be in the mountains than typing out a bio.

Happiness is ...

Rock Climbing

Carl Says

Mike has worked with me for 3 summers now, though I’ve known him for quite a bit longer.

I met Mike through my friend and fellow EA guide, John Calder. Literally the very evening I met him, I knew I wanted him to be a part of our crew. He simply has a wonderful astute vision of wilderness, wilderness leadership and trip management. Mike’s also a total outdoor badass. He has a seemingly infinite array of superb skills in the mountains, and really, really good head on his shoulders.

You’ll love having Mike lead your trip. Trust me.