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Joda Hankins

Joda Hankins

Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

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.

Guide For:

Aconcagua
Denali

Significant Ascents

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

Certifications

AMGA Rock Guide Course
AMGA Advanced 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 was extremely impressed with the AAI Denali climb. It exceeded my expectations and reaching the summit of Denali was one of the best experiences of my life. The guides were awesome, the logistics were well taken care of, and safety was always paramount.

ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

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    By Mike Hawkins 10 days x 3,000 calories per day = 150 Clif Bars or 60 PB&J sandwiches Planning and packing food for long trips in the backcountry can be challenging and time consuming – but the last thing you want is to eat energy bars for 6 days straight. Climbers need to consider several […]

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  • Alpine Start Breakfast

    When summit morning arrives, it’s important to move efficiently through packing, preparation, and last but not least – breakfast! Mike Hawkins talks through a few of the foods we like to eat for quick fuel on alpine start mornings. Whether it’s midnight or 3:00am, these options are our go-to fast breakfasts.  

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