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Lyra Pierotti

Lyra Pierotti

Guide: Washington, Alaska

Lyra started her career as a mountain guide in California’s Sierra Nevada, guiding numerous peaks and rock climbs from Yosemite Valley to the High Sierra, before venturing into the complex and beautiful North Cascades. Various adventures, both for work and play, have taken her climbing in the French Alps, South America, Mexico, Baja, and all over the western states, as well as trekking in the Dolomites. Originally planning to be a research scientist, Lyra left academia for the school of rocks. Now, she also works part time as a freelance journalist focusing on science writing, balancing her passion for athleticism in the mountains with her lifelong fascination with the natural world.

Significant Ascents

2 Denali Expeditions
Mount Whitney, Mountaineer’s Route and East Face
Mount Conness, SW Face/Harding Route
Numerous rock routes in Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne, the High Sierra, the Needles, and Red Rocks
1 day ascent of Moonlight Buttress, Grade V, Zion National Park
Middle Teton, Grand Teton National Park
Mount Rainier, Kautz Glacier
Mount Baker, Easton Glacier
Mount Shuksan, Fisher Chimneys
Forbidden Peak, West Ridge
Numerous Cascade volcanoes
Aconcagua via the Polish Traverse, Argentina
Pico de Orizaba, Mexico
Picacho del Diablo, Baja
2 seasons guiding scientists in Antarctica,  including collecting gas samples by rappelling into the ice caves on Mt. Erebus, the southernmost active volcano
Adjunct Instructor, Girls on Ice program, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Certifications

AMGA certified Rock Guide
AMGA Alpine Guide Course
AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Instructor
Avalanche Level II
Wilderness First Responder/CPR
Leave No Trace Trainer
Review Editor for OutdoorGearLab

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Awards & Recognition

Julie Cheney Culberson Educational Fund Scholarship recipient

I very much enjoyed the course, it was an awesome experience. Not just the learning content, but also the location. The course covered its stated objectives, and I felt prepared thanks to the reading suggestions and the provided equipment list. I am happy with the quality of the course, we covered the basic skills I wanted to acquire.

ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

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