Emilie is certified by the American Mountain Guides Association as a Rock, Alpine and Ski Guide and licensed internationally by the IFMGA/ UIAGM as an American Mountain Guide. She has been a climbing guide & instructor since 2001, shortly after graduating from St. Lawrence University (B.A. Anthropology/African Studies). In addition to Cloudsplitter Mountain Guides, she works with Alpine Ascents International, Exum Mountain Guides, Chicks Climbing and Skiing, and the American Avalanche Institute.


A former Division I Nordic ski athlete and two-time Lake Placid Ironman triathlete, Emilie is best at long, slow endurance adventures and the discomforts of alpine climbing. Which is not to say that she doesn't also enjoy sunny rock climbing and spring skiing!


Her resume includes climbing and skiing from the small, rugged mountains of the Northeast to the world’s biggest mountain ranges in Alaska, the Karakoram, and the Hindu Kush.


In 2012, alongside a crew of American Alpine Club all-stars who won the Piolet d’Or for their alpine style first ascent of Saser Kangri II (7600m), Emilie climbed several first ascents in the Indian Karakoram as part of an Indo-American expedition.

In 2015 Emilie co-guided the first team of Afghan women mountain climbers to ascents of three new 5000+m peaks in the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan.

In 2018 she led an expedition for Ascend Athletics by  which Hanifa Yousoufi became the first Afghan woman to summit the country's highest peak, Mt Noshoq (7,492m) 


Emilie is an Outdoor Research Athlete Ambassador and you can see more of what she’s been up to at: www.emiliedrinkwater.com



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Jesse Williams

Jesse is certified by the American Mountain Guides Association as a Rock, Alpine & Ski Guide, and licensed internationally by the IFMGA/UIAGM as an American Mountain Guide. He has been mountain guiding and instructing in diverse venues across the country for over 25 years.

His career in venues across the country has been based on reliable and personable partnership, diligent risk management, progressive instruction and intuitive solutions.

His resume includes first ascents of rock, ice and mixed routes in the Adirondacks and Alaska Range, and first ski descents in the St. Elias Range.

He graduated from Middlebury College (B.A. Environmental Studies/Biology) in 1994, and started a ‘full-time’ mountain guiding career...with three part-time jobs: as a rock & ice climbing instructor in the Adirondacks, a pro ski patroller at Jay Peak in northern Vermont, and a freelance carpenter in between.


In addition to Alaskan expeditions, pilgrimages to Canada and the Alps, and seasonal alpine guiding on Mt. Rainer, North Cascades & the Grand Teton, he spent over two decades based in the Adirondacks & Northeast, climbing, guiding and skiing 250+ days/year on traditional, multi-pitch rock, ice & mixed routes, and off-piste & backcountry ski tours. In 2015, Cloudsplitter relocated to Salt Lake City, Utah.

He currently works independently in the Wasatch, and occasionally beyond, as an owner/member in the Certified Guides Cooperative.

Jesse also owns and operates Cloudsplitter LLC- a separate division offering consulting and contracting for Managed Fall Protection Programs, and general 'work at height' training in commercial recreational, institutional and unconventional programs.

Contact Jesse@cloudsplitterguides.com.

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