Angela’s home is in Ridgway, Colorado, but she travels to the farthest reaches of the world more than two thirds of every year for work and play. For 30 years she has guided full-time, staying true to her passion of being in the mountains and sharing it with others. Angela is one of less than 100 IFMGA Mountain Guides in the U.S, licensed to guide internationally, that have completed the rigorous training and certification through the American Mountain Guides Association. Only nine are women and Angela was the sixth. In 2011, she was awarded “Guide of the Year” by the AMGA.
Rock, alpine and ski guiding keep her busy but Angela loves winter the most because it keeps her home, heli-ski guiding and avalanche forecasting for Telluride Helitrax. She’s guided ski mountaineering trips to Antarctica, completed a ski traverse across Lapland and guided all-women’s ascents of AmaDablam and Mt. Elbrus. Over the years she’s guided or led well over 20 high altitude expeditions to the Himalaya, Karakorum, Andes, Alps and Alaska Range. She turned back from the summit of Mt. Everest, 275 feet shy because of high winds, but has since guided 4 of the other 7 Summits, with only Vinson and Kilimanjaro to go. Most of her endeavors have included service projects, fundraising or doing good things for others. The AmaDablam expedition she led in 2003, with all Chicks alumni, raised $23,000 for the dZi Foundation and were successful in reaching the summit. She helped an amputee and friend reach the summit of Everest, making the First Disabled Ascent. Giving back is core to Angela’s approach to life and she has a long track record of success. In 2001, she earned a Master’s Degree for her work in International Mountain Conservation.
Angela was the first woman to join the American Mountain Guides Association Instructor Team and is the only woman that teaches and examines in all three disciplines; rock, alpine and ski. She is one of 3 instructor team leaders working with and supervising 45 other instructors. She is also a member of the Technical Committee, and served on the Board of Directors for 6 years. Guiding has been her sole career since she graduated from Prescott College in 1986.
She loves climbing with women and is a passionate teacher. Angela started working with Chicks with Picks in 2000, and has only missed one season. She’s taught for Women that Rock, Chicks on Crack and teaches Women’s Clinics annually at the Ouray Ice Festival. Being a minority in a male dominated guiding profession, Angela makes an effort to mentor and encourage other women to pursue the guiding path.
Little know facts are that she loves throwing bombs out of helicopters, dark beer, espresso, polar plunges in Antarctica, dancing with her partner, spring skiing with her Jack Russell and making tight connections in airports. The grass doesn’t grow under Angela’s feet but she’s fully present in the moment and doesn’t waste a day.