Anna Hicks

    Anna Hicks

    Guide: Washington

    Anna grew up avidly exploring the woods around her home in Olympia, WA. She didn’t start adventuring in the mountains until college, so she had to make up for lost time! After receiving a BA in Environmental Studies, she worked building and maintaining trails for the National Park Service at Mount Rainier for about a decade. During this time she became an avid mountaineer, rock climber and skier. In 2014 Anna received an MBA in Sustainable Systems and changed careers to mountain guiding and ski patrolling. She now guides year-round: on glaciated peaks in the summer, on rocks in the fall, and on snow in the winter. Anna loves guiding because she gets to help facilitate people’s reconnection with the natural world while adventuring in amazing places. She is especially passionate about teaching classes because she is fueled by the endless stoke of the novice, and has immense respect for their desire to become competent, intentional mountain travelers. When Anna isn’t guiding, she loves to sleep, ski, rock climb, trail run, knit hats, sleep, and spend as much time as possible with her wonderful husband.

    Take 5 with the Guide

    Favorite movie

    Guilty Pleasure
    Chocolate milkshakes

    Favorite childhood breakfast cereal
    Fruit Loops

    One piece of advice for aspiring mountaineers
    Have you heard of tiny Melinda Mae, Who ate a monstrous whale? She thought she could, She said she would, So she started in right at the tail. And everyone said, “You’re much too small,” But that didn’t bother Melinda at all. She took little bites and she chewed very slow, Just like a good girl should……And in eighty-nine years she ate that whale, Because she said she would!

    In another life I’d…
    Be traveling the world as a wildlife photographer for National Geographic

    Significant Ascents

    Mount Rainier
    Mount Baker
    Mount Olympus
    Mount Shuksan
    Mount Hood
    Glacier Peak
    Little Tahoma
    Mount Adams
    Mount Saint Helens


    AIARE Course Leader
    AIARE Pro 2
    AMGA Rock Guide Course
    AMGA Ski Guide Course (upcoming 1/23)
    AMGA Alpine Guide Course (upcoming 5/23)
    Leave No Trace Trainer
    Wilderness First Responder


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