Emilie Drinkwater
Guide: Denali

Emilie Drinkwater is a mountain guide and guide service owner based in New York's Adirondack Park.  She was first introduced to rock climbing while attending St. Lawrence University and began guiding a few years later in 2001.  Her climbing and guiding lifestyle has taken her worldwide from the Adirondacks to Asia in pursuit of new adventure as well as courses and exams with the AMGA.  Despite a preference for technical ice, rock, and alpine climbing, Emilie has an extensive endurance background that includes four years as an NCAA Division I Nordic skier, two Ironman USA triathlons, and numerous long distance running and multi-sport races.  The result being a high tolerance to pain and suffering - good qualities for mountain climbing! Emilie and her husband live in a yurt, off the grid (that means no water, electricity, internet, or easy access), with a great view of their home mountains, the Adirondack High Peaks.

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Significant Ascents

FA, Pumo Kangri (PD+/AD), East Karakoram, 2011
FA, Stegosaurus (PD+), East Karakoram
Mental Blocks (III 5.7 R, A2), Adirondacks
The Trilogy.  A 25-mile, 20,000 vertical foot enchainment of 6 of the highest peaks in the Adirondacks including the North Face of Gothics (WI2, 1100') and Mt. Colden's Trap Dike (WI3, 2000').  2009.  Solo, 16 hours.  This enchainment has not been repeated.
FA, Obamanable (II, WI5
FFA, Anaconda (5.10c), Adirondacks.  2008.
FA, Rolling the Dice (III, 5.11b), Wallface, Adirondacks, 2008.
FA, Bear Necessities (II, 5.10), Adirondacks, 2009.
FFA, Doc Holiday (5.10c), Adirondacks, 2007.
FA, Adventure Party (WI5, M5), Adirondacks, 2011.
North Ridge of Mt. Baker (AI3, steep snow), Cascades. 2010.
Little Switzerland, AK: The Lost Marsupial (III, 5.8+), Middle Troll, South Face (III, 5.9), South Troll, South Face (IV, 5.9), North Troll, North Face (II, 5.8)
Canadian Rockies: Polar Circus (V, WI5), Lower Weeping Wall (III, WI5).  2006.
Zion, Utah: Moonlight Buttress (IV, 5.8 C2), Prodigal Son  (IV, 5.8 C2).  2007.
Yosemite, CA:  South Face of Washington Column (V, 5.7 A2), East Buttress of Lower Cathedral (IV, 5.10), Northeast Buttress of Higher Cathedral (IV, 5.9)

Certified Alpine Guide by the American Mountain Guides Association. Certified Rock Guide by the American Mountain Guides Association. Certified Single Pitch Intstructor by the American Mountain Guides Association. Certified Rock Intstructor by the American Mountain Guides Association.


AMGA Certified Rock Guide, Rock Instructor, and Single Pitch Instructor.
AMGA Certified Alpine Guide
AIARE L2 Avalanche