Emilie Drinkwater
Guide: Alaska

Emilie Drinkwater is a guide and guide service owner based in New York's Adirondack Park. She was first introduced to rock climbing while attending St. Lawrence University and began guiding a few years later in 2001. Her climbing and guiding lifestyle has taken her worldwide from the Adirondacks to Asia in pursuit of exploration and adventure whether climbing up mountains or skiing down them (preferably both!). Despite a preference for technical ice, rock, and alpine climbing, Emilie has an extensive endurance background that includes four years as an NCAA Division I Nordic skier, two Ironman USA triathlons, and numerous long distance running and multi-sport races. The result being a high tolerance to pain and suffering - good qualities for mountain climbing! Emilie and her husband live in a yurt, off the grid (that means no water, electricity, internet, or easy access), with a great view of their home mountains, the Adirondack High Peaks.

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Significant Ascents

Karakoram (Kashmir): Several first ascents in the Saser Kangri range
Alaska: Numerous alpine rock and ice routes and ski tours in Little Switzerland, the Ruth Gorge, the Kahiltna, and 4 Denali expeditions
Tetons: Grand Teton (30+ times), Cloudveil Traverse, Teewinot, and many ski tours/descents
Numerous first ascents (rock and ice) and technical enchainments in the Adirondacks (NY) and White Moutains (NH)
North Cascades: Mt. Baker, Mt Shuksan, Torment-Forbidden Traverse, N. Ridge Forbidden Peak
Canadian Rockies: Polar Circus, Weeping Wall.
French/Swiss Alps: Numerous ski descents/tours 
Numerous big wall and free climbs in the American West from Yosemite to Zion to Joshua Tree

Certified Alpine Guide by the American Mountain Guides Association. Certified Rock Guide by the American Mountain Guides Association. Certified Single Pitch Intstructor by the American Mountain Guides Association. Certified Rock Intstructor by the American Mountain Guides Association.


AMGA.phpirant Mountain Guide
AMGA Certified Rock Instructor, Rock Guide, and Alpine Guide
Avalanche Level III
Wilderness First Responder/CPR