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Joda Hankins

Joda Hankins

Guide: Washington, Alaska

Throughout my youth I ventured around the Sandstone boulders and deep woods of my home in Tennessee. It was there that I discovered my love for the mountains and desired to take that passion to the Colorado Rockies. I set my sights on climbing and skiing the steep couloirs of the Elk Range near Aspen. During my studies of English and Business Leadership, I spent 3 years guiding and exploring the remote ranges of India’s Himalaya; a place and culture that entirely captivated me as a person.

My professional guiding experience includes Alaska, specifically the Wrangell, St. Elias, Chugach, and Alaska Ranges, South America, Africa, Japan, India, Nepal, Tibet, the Pacific Northwest, Southwest, and Colorado Rocky Mountains. I’ve had the privilege to travel and experience many cultures alongside my adventures. I thoroughly enjoy the teaching aspect of guiding and find myself involved in teaching rock, ice, and mountain courses throughout the world.

What draws me most the mountains is the ever-changing environments and the technical ability needed to safety assess and move through it. I greatly value learning from others and am working through the American Mountain Guide Association programs to continue that process. When I’m not guiding, I live in Rifle, CO with my wife Jess, daughter Lucy, and trusty canine companion Kale.

Significant Ascents

Denali, Alaska (6190m)
Mount Rainier, 4 routes
Mount Shuksan, 3 routes
Mount Baker, 3 routes
Mount Adams – North Ridge
Aconcagua, Argentina (6961m)
Alapmayo, Peru (5947m)
Quitaraju, Peru (6004m)
Jobo Ragzang, Tibet (6667m)
Mentok I, India (6277m)
Mentok II, India ( 6150m)
Ganja La Chuli, India (5846m)
Kang La Che: Indian Himalaya
Ham & Eggs, Moose’s Tooth, AK

Lurking Fear: El Cap. Yosemite
The Prow: Washington Column, Yosemite
The Great White Wall, Gunnison, CO IV 5.10d


Avalanche Level 2
Wilderness First Responder
Leave No Trace Master Educator
AMGA Rock Guide Course
AMGA Ice Instructor Course
AMGA Alpine Guide Course
AMGA Ski Guide Course


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