Philip Werner recently asked Mike Cherim to write an article about giving gratuities to folks who work as mountain guides. He agreed to give his thoughts on the matter and published “How to Tip a Mountain Guide” on Philip’s popular site, SectionHiker. It should be noted that the amounts given are based on Mike’s personal experiences right here in the White Mountains and may or may not be reflective of amounts, if any, given to others. That said, sometimes significant amounts are given for peak performance. Remember, on Mt Washington for example, folks are being guided and protected for many hours with guides who are sharing in their struggle, often in really trying conditions. This often creates a client-guide bond that lasts. Just ask any of Mike’s past clients.