Emilie Drinkwater

Hometown: Keene Valley, NY
Current Transportation: Toyota Matrix
Core Activities: Rock climbing, ice climbing, backcountry skiing
Non-Core Activities: TV watching, coffee drinking, yoga
Sponsors: Outdoor Research, Petzl
Favorite Places: Joshua Tree, Canadian Rockies, The Alps (even though she has never been)
My Jam Is: Anything that isn't already on my iPod.
Fun Fact: I'm pretty good with a chainsaw.

Emilie Drinkwater grew up in New Hampshire where she learned to ski at young age after her parents unknowingly signed her up for a race team. Luckily it all worked out, and she went on to ski competitively at St. Lawrence University, where she earned a degree in Anthropology and was introduced to rock and ice climbing. She began guiding in 2001, and now owns and operates Cloudsplitter Mountain Guides with her husband in Keene Valley, NY. In committing to the guiding lifestyle, she lives in a yurt with no water, electricity or driveway. And that also means no Internet, TV or shower. But the view is great and it’s one step above living out of the back of a pick-up truck. When not climbing or skiing in the Adirondacks, Emilie can be found climbing or skiing elsewhere in North America…though sometimes she secretly wishes she could be found lounging on a tropical beach.

Six Things I Learned Leading Women To Climb In Afghanistan

Emilie Drinkwater led a team of Afghan women to two first ascents last year—and learned a thing or two most Americans miss. [Read More]

Expedition Afghanistan

Emilie Drinkwater leads a team of Afghan women to two first ascents unlike any others she's ever done. [Read More]

How To Not Lose Things—And Avoid Overweight Fees—When Packing For A Ski Trip

Skis, climbing gear and camping stuff can add up to one giant mess. Here's how to keep it neat—and avoid $800 in excess fees. [Read More]

Are you a junk show?

How to pack your pack so you look dialed and (maybe) climb harder. [Read More]

5 Less Extreme—But Super Rad—Things To Do In Chamonix

Not Ueli Steck? No Problem. These moderate days of climbing and skiing will still blow your mind. [Read More]

6 Stay-Warm Secrets For Women Ice Climbers

Don't let the chill come between you and climbing your best with Emilie Drinkwater's tips for staying warm. [Read More]

Think you’re tough? Try your stuff in the Northeast.

Climber Emilie Drinkwater's three reasons to make your next climbing trip to the Northeast. [Read More]

How To Onsight

9 tips for planning and preparing for success on unfamiliar climbs [Read More]

Karakoram Expedition, Part III

Two… [Read More]

2011 Karakoram Expedition, Part II

July 20-21 On a snowy ledge at almost 19,000ft, Janet Bergman, [Read More]

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