Arielle grew up in California with regular family trips to Yosemite National Park being the inspiration for her love of the outdoors. She decided to pursue adventure professionally and got her bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Recreation and Leadership, working summer jobs outdoors in Yosemite, the Rockies, and Southern Alaska as well as spending a semester with the National Outdoor Leadership School in the New Zealand backcountry. Her passion for climbing, mountains and skiing led to working (and playing!) in Lake Tahoe before making the move up to Washington to work for Alpine Ascents in 2017. She has been guiding since 2010 and still hasn’t gotten tired of spending both work time and free time climbing outdoors year round!
Take 5 with the Guide
If you could only take one album on an expedition?
Bone Palace Ballet – Chiodos
Dream climbing partner for your dream climb?
Lynn Hill for the The Nose
What’s always in your snack bag?
If you could be stuck with anyone (past or present) at base camp for a week?
In another life, I’d…
be a performer on Broadway or with Cirque du Soleil
Ama Dablam, solo climb
Lobuche East, solo climb
Pico de Orizaba, solo climb
Mt.Rainier – DC and Emmons
Mt. Baker – Easton, Squak, North Ridge, Park Glacier
Mt.Shuksan- Sulfide, Fisher Chimneys
various ascents in New Zealand
AIARE Pro 1
Leave No Trace Trainer
AMGA Rock Guide Course
AMGA Alpine Guide Course
Strong program, strong guides. Vern is very charismatic and generally fun to have on an expedition. Vern did things in particular that set himself apart. Lakpa is extremely talented, he very much enabled many things through his boundless energy, work ethic, calmness, and mountain wisdom. And he grills one hell of a ‘pan de pasqua’ […]