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Joda Hankins

Joda Hankins

Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

Joda has been guiding and teaching mountain courses throughout the world since 2008. He has spent significant time guiding in the Himalaya, Africa, Alaska, the Andes, and throughout the Cascades, Rockies, and the Southwest. He has served as Program Coordinator and Operations Manager throughout the industry and continues to involve himself in the direction of the guiding profession.

Growing up climbing the Sandstone boulders in Tennessee, rock climbing became his path to mountaineering and Joda currently spends the majority of his time playing and working in alpine terrain. What draws him most to the mountains is the remoteness, the ever-changing environments and technical ability needed to safely assess and move through them. He values the physical and emotional challenges that the wilderness provides, and enjoys sharing the cultural story of the people and places that he travels.

When not working abroad, Joda makes his home in western Colorado where he seeks out river days with his family, bluegrass tunes, and great skiing. He is the owner of Rifle Climbing Guides and supports experiential learning to youth through his non-profit, The Alpine Edge.

Guide For:

Aconcagua
Denali

Significant Ascents

100+ technical peak ascents throughout the Rockies
70+ Technical peak ascents throughout the Cascades
30+ Ascents of Mt. Rainier
25+ Ascents of Mt. Baker
Denali (6190m)
Aconcagua, 7 expeditions
Mt. Kilimanjaro (5,896m)
Alapmayo, Peru (5947m)
Quitaraju, Peru (6004m)
Jobo Ragzang, Tibet (6667m)
Kang Yatse, India (6300m)
Mentok Group, India (6277m) & (6150m)

Certifications

AMGA Rock Guide Course
AMGA Ice Instructor Course
AMGA Alpine Guide Course
AMGA Ski Guide Course
AIARE Avalanche Level II
Wilderness First Responder
Leave No Trace Master Educator

I also wanted to say that Kirah and Brien are wonderful, professional guides. They gave me great encouragement to keep me going, I had to descend on an Brand X rope, and the difference in guide quality was unbelievable; Alpine Ascents clearly has the best guides in the business.

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