Ouray.  Photo: Miah Watt

Ouray. Photo: Miah Watt

Gunks, NY.  Photo: Tomas Donoso

Gunks, NY. Photo: Tomas Donoso

Wasatch, UT.  Photo: Matt Irving

Wasatch, UT. Photo: Matt Irving

Adirondacks.  Photo: Jim Lawyer

Adirondacks. Photo: Jim Lawyer

I won something!

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'm an Outdoor Research Athlete Ambassador

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

  • I'm an AMGA Instructor Team Member


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by EmilieDrinkwater.  All rights reserved.

I won something!