Emilie Drinkwater

Hometown: Salt Lake City
Current Transportation: '98 Subaru Outback with 260K miles
Core Activities: Alpine climbing, rock and ice climbing, backcountry skiing
Non-Core Activities: Playing with cats, drinking coffee, yoga
Sponsors: Outdoor Research
Favorite Places: Joshua Tree, The Alps, Iceland. I'm not picky.
My Jam Is: Anything that isn't already on my iPod.
Fun Fact: I love raccoons, especially when they're on Instagram.

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, in committing to a low income, high quality lifestyle, she and her husband lived for eight years in an off-grid, remote access yurt in the northern Adirondacks of NY state. Today she is the 9th woman certified as an IFMGA/UIAGM American Mountain Guide and has abandoned yurt living in favor of easy, suburban living with Utah’s Wasatch Mountains as her new backyard.

Already Ready To Ditch Your New Year’s Resolutions? Try This.

Mountain guide Emilie Drinkwater swears by goals instead of resolutions—and this year, that means winter climbing in Scotland. [Read More]

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

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2011 Karakoram Expedition, Part II

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

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