Emilie Drinkwater

Hometown: Keene Valley, NY
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.

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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