Osprey athlete and Alaska Ski Guide
Favorite Packs: Solo, Mutant 38, Variant 52
Joe is an internationally certified IFMGA mountain guide based in Anchorage, Alaska. He has been climbing and skiing around the world for 25 years with extensive time in the mountains of Alaska, the Southern Alps of New Zealand, the North Cascades of Washington and Colorado’s San Juan Mountains.
Living in Anchorage offers easy trip scheming. In 2005 Joe skied from Anchorage and emerged in Valdez 18 days and 180 miles later. He also skied the full-length of Alaska’s Tordrillo and Neacola Mountains and in June 2009 he skied from the summit of Mount Chamberlin, the highest summit in Brooks Range. Like Fred Becky, Joe has a little black book, loaded with trip ideas.
Guiding allows Joe to share his passion for Alaskan mountains to clients. Within an hour drive of Anchorage are three mountain ranges: the Chugach Mountains, Kenai Mountains and the Talkeetna Mountains. These ranges are ideal for day and multi-day backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He also enjoys adventure guiding in Alaska’s more remote ranges such as the Neacola Mountains, Brooks Range or Chigmit Mountains.
Joe became fully-certified in 2009 by the International Federation of Mountain Guides (IFMGA) and the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). IFMGA certification includes three guiding disciplines: alpine, ski mountaineering and rock and is the Ph.D of mountains. Joe uses this knowledge to help clients minimize risk and have a successful and fun time in the mountains.
Since 1995, Joe has been freelance writing for magazines starting with a feature article in Rock & Ice on climbing the Balfour Face on Mount Tasman in New Zealand. Since then, he’s published numerous articles on adventures and mountain technique in rags such as Climbing, Backcountry, Alaska, Climbing, Trail Runner, Men’s Health and Off Piste. His photos have accompanied most of his articles in addition appearing in Patagonia, Osprey, Mountain Gear among other catalogs.
With professor parents, Joe had a genetic desire for education. He attended the University of Canterbury in Christchurch New Zealand for an undergraduate degree in geology and geography. He then received a graduate degree in watershed science (snow science focus) from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Joe applies this science background to his guiding, avalanche instruction, writing and photography.
Joe and his wife Cathy moved to Anchorage 2002. Just 15 minutes from their house are mountains and they continue unbroken for 2,000 miles to Washington State. They bought a 1952 house in Airport Heights and have fallen in love with the big ugly city, its crazy inhabitants and each other.