Joda has been guiding and teaching mountain courses since 2008. He has spent significant time guiding in the Himalaya, 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.
Significant Guided Climbs
Cho Oyu, Tibet: 8200m.
Aconcagua: 6961m. (7 Expeditions)
Ama Dablam, Nepal: 6811m.
Jobo Ragzang, Tibet: 6667m.
Mera Peak, Nepal: 6467m.
Kang Yatse II, India: 6204m. (3 Expeditions)
Denali: 6193m. (5 Expeditions)
Imja Tse, Nepal: 6188m.
Mentok II, India: 6151m. (2 Expeditions)
Marmolejo, Chile: 6108m.
Quitaraju, Peru: 6004m. (2 Expeditions)
Alpamayo, Peru: 5947m. (2 Expeditions)
Kilimanjaro: 5895m. (3 Expeditions)
Orizaba, Mexico: 5636m.
Cerro Cuerno, Argentina: 5400m.
Iztaccihuatl, Mexico: 5230m.
Mt. Rainier, WA: 30+ Ascents via 4 Routes
Mt. Baker, WA: 25+ Ascents via 4 Routes
Mt. Shuksan, WA: 3 Ascents via 2 Routes
South Twin Sister Spire, WA: West Ridge
Mt. Jefferson, OR: Southwest Ridge
Mt. Hood, OR: Devils Kitchen, AI 3, Grade II
Capitol Peak, CO: Northwest Buttress, 5.8, Grade IV
Lizard Head Peak, CO: Southwest Chimney, 5.8, Grade II
Mt. Wilson – El Dienta Traverse: San Juans, CO
Maroon Peak – North Maroon Peak Traverse: Elk Range, CO
Little Bear – Blanca Traverse: Sangre’s, CO
Crestone Needle – Crestone Peak Traverse: Sangre’s, CO
Handcracker Direct, Eldo, CO: 5.10 Grade III
The Yellow Spur, Eldo, CO: 5.9 Grade III
Ruper, Eldo, CO: 5.8 Grade III
Rosy Crucifixion – The Serpent, Eldo, CO: 5.10c Grade III
Peacemaker, Cochise, AZ: 5.10 Grade III
Abracadaver, Cochise, AZ: 5.11 Grade III
Absinthe the Mallet, Cochise, AZ: 5.10 Grade III
The Climb Too Tough To Die, Cochise, AZ: 5.10, Grade III
Warpaint, Cochise, AZ: 5.10 Grade III
Castleton Tower, North Chimney, UT: 5.9 Grade II
Bienvendo a Miapo, Miapo Valley, Chile: 5.10 grade IIII
Wilderness First Responder / CPR
AIARE Avalanche Level II
Leave No Trace Master Educator
AMGA Alpine Guide Course
AMGA Ice Instructor Course
AMGA Advanced Rock Guide Course
AMGA Ski Guide Course
Alpine Ascents’ reputation is top notch within the industry. I appreciate the high quality guides provided on my climbs so far. They always seem to be the yardstick that other services measure their guides to.