Sarah Janin

Sarah grew up in Ketchikan, Alaska and Orcas Island, Washington. She moved to Glenwood Springs, Colorado in 1997 and earned a degree in Veterinary Technology at Colorado Mountain College. This is where she fell in love with backcountry skiing, snow boarding and technical mountain climbing.

In 2010, Sarah traveled on a ski mountaineering sabbatical across Chile and Argentina. She skied Chalallhuaco (Bariloche), climbed Volcan Taapaca and Enladrillado, and climbed and skied the Puyehue Volcano, Villarrica Volcano and Cerro Entre Rios at Las Lenas, among others. She extended her trip with a tour through Alaska in 2011, skinning and skiing big lines in the Chugach Range outside of Valdez.

Sarah loves helping people overcome challenge, and her bright smile and love for sharing a passion for the mountains makes her a favorite with Apex clients.  When Sarah isn’t guiding or working as an EMT at the hospital, you’ll find her climbing rock and ice, backcountry skiing and skinning, mountain biking and trail running in the high Rocky Mountains.

  • WEMT-B
  • First aid/ CPR certified
  • Completed AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course
  • AMGA Single Pitch Certified Instructor
  • AIARE level 1 & 2 Avalanche trained
  • AIARE LEVEL 1 ITC- Assisst Avalanche Instructor
  • WFR Instructor
  • CPR Instructor


  • American Avalanche Association
  • American Mountain Guides Association
  • Access Fund
  • American Alpine Club

“Well…I can’t recall a favorite and that maybe that at my age everything starts to blend together and all my outings are so great. I have one memory in particular though of climbing an alpine route for a possible first ascent with 2 friends, whom were also guides of Apex. We went to explore one of the pinnacles and up on top of a gendarme in officer gulch. To make a long story short, this is where I Discovered complete fear of the Alpine World. Not only was I being a total baby by having these guys put me on a short belay for every little class 4 Boulder area but this is a route where I truly felt like vomiting. It was my turn to lead and not only was I experiencing the worst rope drag I’ve ever experienced, due to the zig zag nature of the route, but once I reached the crux of the climb this is where the nausea began. Every rock I grabbed crumbled under my fist, my gear was placed in the most crumbly pockets that wouldn’t have held me if even if I weighted the cam. Puke Fest!! I felt so sick that I couldn’t lead another pitch so the guys got me to the top and that’s where we had to figure out where and how to get down. Wrap down or down climb? Ugh. Nausea again. Mother Nature never lets up and you definitely can’t beat her. What I’ve learned from this trip was to work with her by having the mental ability to control my want to stop, or turn around, or even cry. Instead to be fully committed and be strong enough to not give up. That is what goals are all about!”