Lesia Witkowsky

    Lesia Witkowsky

    Guide: Washington

    Born and raised in Chicago, Lesia fell in love with the mountains as a skier during college. After graduation she moved west to Lake Tahoe where she dedicated almost a decade of winters to professional ski patrol. Although Lesia now lives in Washington, she began her guiding career on Mt. Shasta. In addition to guiding and skiing, Lesia works as a registered nurse in the Emergency Department. She speaks fluent Ukrainian, paraglides, mountain bikes and spends days at the coast trying her best to become a surfer.

    Take 5 with the Guide

    Guilty Pleasure
    Electronic music

    Favorite childhood breakfast cereal
    Honey Smacks

    What was your first mountain? When did you climb it? Who were you with?
    Mt Haleakala in grammer school with my parents and sisters

    In another life I’d…
    Likely be from another planet

    What’s always in your snack bag?
    Gummy bears

    Significant Ascents

    Mount Shasta (40+ ascents, 7 routes)
    Mount Adams
    Mount Hood
    Mount Whitney
    Mount Lassen
    Mount Yotei
    Mount Koscuiszko
    Mount Timpanogos
    Various ski descents in California’s Eastern Sierra

    Certifications

    Registered Nurse
    Emergency Medical Technician/CPR
    Outdoor Emergency Care
    AIARE Pro 1 Avalanche Course
    Leave No Trace Trainer

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