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Our Story: A Dream Worth Chasing

Posted: Mar 8, 2017 | MountainBased Team

MountainBased is a 3rd generation adventure travel company. For us, adventure is more than our passion—it’s our purpose.

To say the creation of MountainBased is unique would be an understatement. You wouldn’t expect three brothers and a cousin, who grew up in small town Iowa, to come from a family of renowned adventure travel pioneers. We spent our childhood traveling to some of the world’s most beautiful and iconic places. We grew up hearing first hand stories of outdoor legends such as Paul PetzoldtHarvey CarterHans Gmoser, and Fred Beckey. First ascents, new routes, and ‘youngest to’s’ were common taglines as our grandparents and parents summited peaks around the world. Throughout our house lie remnants from these adventures; rusty mountaineering equipment, dusty slides, and aged journals engulf the garage as constant reminders of past explorations.

Adventure is more than our passion—it’s our purpose.

Founding members of the Iowa Mountaineers holding axes

Spirit of Adventure

Our grandparents, S. John and Ede Ebert were accomplished climbers. In 1940 they founded one of the most prolific climbing and mountaineering clubs in the world—The Iowa Mountaineers. These trailblazers summited over 1,300 peaks and guided over 75,000 participants across the world. Our family’s organization was responsible for naming numerous mountains in the western United States. Most notably these include Mt. Iowa, Warbonnet Peak, Mount Ebert and Mt. Ede in the Sawtooth Range of Idaho. For over thirty years our dad Jim Ebert carried on this tradition.

1940 group in the Idaho Sawtooths

“Jim instructed, guided, and trained thousands of people in all manner of outdoor adventures, all while maintaining a perfect safety record. He developed the Iowa Mountaineers into one of the most active mountaineering clubs in the world, offered the Nation’s First Outdoor Top Rope Instructor Certification Course, instructed the US Military in rock climbing and winter survival skills, led hundreds of first ascents and first American ascents, and was even a professional adventure and wildlife photographer and film-maker.”

1946 Northern Selkirks – Iowa Mountaineers

Inspired by Big Jim

Jim held to the idea that the most rewarding pursuit is to empower others to achieve their goals. Having guided and taught thousands of people, his next vision was to enable the disabled community to access the outdoors. Many of the world’s most beautiful and inspiring locations are accessible only to the able-bodied. The use of the ‘trail rider’ mobility device and founding of non-profit organization “Alpenglow Adventures” was dedicated to empowering those who could not walk to participate in the hiking world.

Jim Ebert looking at Mount Assiniboine

On July 26th 2011 our dad died of complications from an enlarged heart while hiking Mt. Whitney to scout out the next great adventure. For those who knew him, he will not be remembered solely for his long list of accomplishments. Rather, he will forever be remembered for his uplifting spirit and the way he inspired us to always pursue our dreams, no matter how high the climb.

The next generation of guides

Same Family. New Company. Refined Experience.

Inspired by our past and in memory of our father, MountainBased came into creation in September of 2016. We offer hiking and camping trips throughout the American Southwest. It is our dream to build a business that inspires you to take the next step to living a life outdoors. We want to be that push that gets you to experience the places you’ve always wanted to, but just didn’t know how to start. As your guides, we make it easy for you to immerse yourself in the beauty of our National Parks—and if you’re up for the challenge, find out just what you are capable of.
We would like to thank our enthusiastic community of the past, present, and the future. This includes The Iowa Mountaineers, The University of Iowa, and several other organizations that propel adventure travel, outdoor safety and stewardship.
Here’s to living a life in the mountains and having the courage to pursue our dreams.

From the mountains there comes strength

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