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Hello!  I'm Emilie Drinkwater

A little about me:

In 2001, after graduating from St. Lawrence University with a degree in Anthropology and 4 years of NCAA Nordic skiing, I begged my way into a job as a rock climbing guide in NY's Adirondack Mountains.  Yes, begged!  I had few credentials and little experience but I was determined to be a guide, to be outside, and to share my passion for climbing, skiing, and adventuring with others.

Today I am the 9th American woman and 100th American Mountain Guide to be certified at the highest level of training and credential attainable by a professional mountain guide -- IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations) -- an achievement recognized in more than 20 member countries. 


Risk management is my priority but fun, summits, and successful days out are a close second!

My husband and I own and operate Cloudsplitter Mountain Guides.  Check it out for more details, photos, prices, and locations.  Come climb, ski, or adventure with me!


 Instead it's a partnership -- an educational and instructional experience in which you come away with a strong set of skills and techniques to become proficient and self-sufficient in the mountains.

To me, guiding is more than just marching you up and down a peak...  

(but if that's what you want, we can do that, too!)

More Fun Facts


  • I live in Salt Lake City, UT with my husband but I grew up in, and have a great affinity for, the Northeast.

  • I've climbed and skied all over the world and have first ascents/descents in the Adirondacks, Alaska, the Karakoram, and the Hindu Kush.

  • I love exploring new mountains and cultures as much as I love hot springs, yoga, cats, and gardens. 

  • I hate being cold but I love ice climbing and skiing.

  • I'm an Outdoor Research Athlete 

  • I work with WNDR Alpine.  Check out their amazing ski  and materials technology!

  • I'm an AMGA Instructor Team Member


Sailboat skiing, Iceland
Sailboat skiing, Iceland

High above the fjords, Iceland
High above the fjords, Iceland

Park City Powder Cats, photo: Will Mcfarlane
Park City Powder Cats, photo: Will Mcfarlane

Sailboat skiing, Iceland
Sailboat skiing, Iceland


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