Ouray. Photo: Miah Watt
Gunks, NY. Photo: Tomas Donoso
Wasatch, UT. Photo: Matt Irving
Adirondacks. Photo: Jim Lawyer
I won something!
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.
Guiding to me is more than just marching you up and down a peak (but if that's what you want, no problem!). 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. 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!
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 coming home at night.
I work with WNDR Alpine. Check out their amazing ski and materials technology!
I'm an AMGA Instructor Team Member