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.


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 has been mountain guiding and instructing in diverse venues across the country for over 25 years. He 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.

His career is built on reliable and personable partnership, diligent risk management, a knack for progressive instruction and intuitive solutions.

His resume emphasizes 'all-arounder,' and includes first ascents of rock, ice and mixed routes in the Adirondacks and Alaska Range, and first 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.


When not on Alaskan expeditions, on pilgrimages to Canada or the Alps, or alpine guiding on Mt. Rainer & 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. Those 10,000+ hours are the current foundation of a mature practice, now based in Salt Lake City.

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

In the Tetons, Wind Rivers, Rockies and Red Rocks (NV), he works as a registered guest guide with Jackson Hole Mountain Guides.

In addition to mountain guiding, Jesse works in various aspects of industrial safety and fall protection: as an AAA/AAI L3 Avalanche Forecaster, SPRAT L1 Rope Access Technician, OSHA General Industry Competent Person, and Technical Trainer for Petzl America 

He is also a primary curriculum developer and qualified trainer for the Climbing Wall Association's Work At Height standard and certification program. 

Contact Jesse@cloudsplitterguides.com.

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