Oregon Guides and Guide Services
Iif you want to read a report about an encounter in the field with this guide a copy has been appended below, at the end of this page. The author has no affiliation whatsoever with the OMA.
Doug Ironside was involved in assisting ranger Glen Kessler in harassing the OMA over classes that were offered at subsidized prices as a service but were perceived by Kessler as competition for his business, MountainSavvy. This is an example of how government employees ignore ethics regulations, pursue conflicting interests, and abuse their government positions ... if you do business with Mountainsavvy, Glenn, or Doug Ironside you are supporting this.
Several years and numerous incidents later Ranger Kessler, by then with the National Park Service, wrote a fraudulent and harassing bad check to the non-profit avalanche center. That report was read by somebody who thought it sounded rather familiar to an incident in which Doug Ironside wrote bad checks stolen from another climber to a local climbing shop. Indeed this was the case, as you can read for yourself in the police report which we obtained from the Bellingham Police Department.
You can find out much more about the underlying issues involving Mountainsavvy here on our website. We present facts - what happened and when - and supporting documents. Many documents which we have requested from the US Forest Service which would shed a great deal of light on matters have, of course, not been provided. There have been allegations against us, primarily in the form of presumed guilt, which have not been backed by either documents or facts. Don't be misled about who is being open and honest and who is not.
Here is a report of an encounter with Oregon guide Doug Ironside in the field. It was written by somebody with no affiliation whatsoever with the OMA, and there is no indication they even knew about us. It was posted elsewhere on the web ...