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 childhood breakfast cereal
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
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