Koby Yudkin

    Koby Yudkin

    Guide: Washington, Alaska

    Koby grew up and found his love for the outdoors in the vibrant forests surrounding Portland, Oregon. In high school, he joined a student-run mountaineering club where he discovered a passion for climbing, mountaineering, and outdoor leadership. The hook was set. After high school, Koby moved to Maine and in 2017 graduated from Bates College with a degree in Environmental Studies. Enthralled by the hard, old-school, climbing ethics of Cathedral Ledge, Koby would sneak away to the granite-laden hills of the Northeast at every opportunity. Koby’s guiding career began soon after with winter ascents of Mount Washington (NH) and technical ice climbing throughout the valley. He soon found his way back West, where he guides ascents of large glaciated mountains throughout the Cascades and Alaska as well as rock climbing on the volcanic tuff of Smith Rock State Park. Koby is stoked to guide you and to share his passion for learning and living in the outdoors.

    5 Year

    Take 5 with the Guide

    What was your first mountain?
    I climbed Mt. Hood with a couple friends in high school… you can ask me the story later…

    What’s always in your snack bag?
    Apple sauce!

    If you could be stuck with anyone (past or present) at base camp for a week, who would you choose?
    My partner, Tess

    What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not guiding?
    Rock climbing

    One piece of advice for aspiring mountaineers
    Boldness and humility

    Guide For:

    Denali

    Significant Ascents

    Denali
    Mt. Rainier – guided multiple routes
    Mt. Baker – guided multiple routes
    Mt. Hood – Multiple Routes
    Mt. Washington, NH – guided multiple winter routes
    Mt. Shuksan – Multiple Routes
    Forbidden Peak – W. Ridge, 5.6 III
    Mt. Olympus (WA) – W. Ridge 5.4, II
    North Ridge Direct Route – Mt. Stuart, WA
    Monkey Face – Pioneer Route, 5.7 C0 III
    Repentance WI5 M4, NH
    Remission WI5+ M5, NH
    Last Gentleman WI5, VT
    Full Mathes Crest Traverse – Yosemite NP, CA
    Venusian Blind – Temple Crag, CA
    Mithril Dihedral – Mt. Russell, CA
    Fishhook Arete – Mt. Russell, CA
    East Face – Mt. Whitney, CA
    Epinephrine – Red Rocks Canyon, NV
    Black Dike – Cannon Cliff, NH
    Bomber Traverse – Talkeetna Range, Alaska
    Matanuska Glacier Traverse – Chugach Range, Alaska
    Northwest Ridge – Mt. Aspiring, New Zealand
    Expedition to Cotopaxi, Ecuador

    Certifications

    WFR / CPR
    AIARE Avalanche Pro Level 1
    AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course
    Leave No Trace Trainer
    Androscoggin Valley SAR Winter Above Tree-line Team
    ACA Swift Water Rescue: Basic
    AMGA Apprentice Alpine Guide
    AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide
    AAA Professional Level 1

    Quality was to the highest standards starting with guides (amazing), food (amazing), and group gear.

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