Joshua Conlon

    Joshua Conlon

    Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

    Josh grew up skateboarding around the Greater Boston Area in Massachusetts, but quickly moved to Vermont after high school where he found climbing. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Education, Josh moved to Colorado in search of bigger mountains. He worked for the Colorado Outward Bound School for four years, spending more than 200 field days with adolescents working on leadership and team building. Josh now applies his educator mindset in his work with adults, teaching courses and guiding rock climbing, mountaineering, ice climbing and backcountry skiing/snowboarding across the Western US and Alaska. When Josh isn’t on the mountain or rock climbing, you can find him sipping espresso and updating his kindle reading list for the next trip.

    Guide For:


    Significant Ascents

    Denali (W Buttress)
    Mt. Rainier (DC, Kautz, ID ski descent)
    Mount Baker (Easton, Squak, N Ridge, CD ski descent)
    Glacier Peak
    Mt. Adams (SW Chutes ski descent)
    Yanapaccha (17,1913′)
    Moose’s Tooth (Ham and Eggs)
    Peak 11,300 (SW Ridge)
    El Capitan (E Buttress)
    Lost Arrow Spire (Lost Arrow Direct)
    Mose’s Tower (Primrose Dihedrals)
    Castelton Tower (N Face, N Chimney)
    Half Dome (NW Face, single day ascent)
    Aconcagua (Normal Route)


    AMGA Advanced Rock Guide Course
    AMGA Advanced Alpine Guide Course
    Ski Guide Course
    Ice Instructor Course
    Wilderness First Responder / CPR
    Avalanche Pro Level 1
    Leave No Trace Trainer

    The expedition has been a great experience in every way. All the factors that intervene in this program make it figuratively an incredible experience for a lifetime. The landscape, strong and great leadership of the team of guides make the expedition to Denali something that can be fully enjoyed.

    Denali BLOG

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      by Brooke Warren Denali “The High One” is the third highest of the seven summits, right behind Everest and Aconcagua, at 20,310 feet. It is an “ultra-prominent” peak with soaring vertical relief of 18,000 feet, greater even than Mount Everest (a mere 12,000′ of vertical relief) when measured from its 2,000-foot lowlands to its lofty […]

    • Dear Alpine Ascents: Insulating Ice Axe Handles?

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