Mobile Cribs with Jonathon Spitzer

Cribs is back! Well not really. But in true AMGA style, we’re showing you the envy of most pros — the most epic Mercedes Sprinter van!

Today we get to peek into IFMGA/AMGA certified guide, Jonathan Spitzer’s EPIC traveling home. This beast looks like it can handle just about any adventure you set your mind too. Jealous yet? Don’t worry, we are too.


Jonathon grew up hiking, climbing, and skiing around Washington State. He received his bachelor’s degree from Western State College of Colorado in recreation and business. These days his hobby has become his profession, and he can be found splitting his time between Washington, Utah, Nevada, California and Europe. After spending four years going through the American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA/IFMGA) training program, Jonathon passed his final exam in the fall of 2009 and became the second youngest American to be fully certified in all three disciplines (rock, alpine, and ski). During the spring and summer months, he guides throughout the Cascades, the Alaska Range, British Columbia, French Alps and in Red Rock, NV. In the winter, he is a professional helicopter ski guide and avalanche educator. With trips to the Ecuador volcanoes, Denali, Mt. Waddington, and various other places in North America, he has significant expedition climbing experience as well as being a competent technical climber. (source).

A little Q & A with Jonathon: 

Q:  Where is the favorite place you have traveled to in the van?

A: The Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park in Colorado! The quiet and remote camping appeals to us along with the adventurous multi-pitch climbing. 

Q: Why is van life appealing to you? 

A: After living our of various tents and small vehicles for 15 years, an upgrade to more space was needed. Knowing that we wanted to expand our family and continue our outdoorsy lifestyle, we started the process of buying a van. We love having the increased space and ease of camp set up and take down, especially when the weather is poor and we are tired from climbing all day! 

Q: Any advice for potential van buyers? 

A: Do lots of research on the various designs and models that will best meet your needs. There are so many options in terms of vans and interor build-outs, so there is something for everyone! 

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Jonathon  Spitzer

IFMGA/AMGA certified Guide

AMGA Instructor Team Member

One Comment on “Mobile Cribs with Jonathon Spitzer

  1. hi john, nice build out. i’m looking into the 4×4 mercedes. i thought they were only available as gassers. did you have to special order for the diesel. also can you please confirm that’s a 144″ wheelbase as that is the exact layout i’d like. well done on the buildout and the little bambino!

    thanks, david

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