Anya grew up in Minnesota, casually enjoying it’s natural wonders on the weekends with her family. After her friends dragged her out West and out of the flatlands, Anya’s life changed forever to be centered around summits, routes, and campsites. Now she winters in SLC, Utah and sacrifices drinking low strength beer for world-class rock, ice and snow right in her backyard!
With impressive summits like Mt Bona, Mt. Drum, Mt. Bear, AK, and Ben Nevis, Scotland under her belt, Anya’s insatiable appetite for adventure is right at home among the great peaks of Alaska! With skills and knowledge to match her big mountain enthusiasm, Anya loves to get involved in snow safety education to share the joy of the mountains with others.
Whether on skis or in crampons, she’s addicted to the mental and physical challenges that Wrangell-St. Elias provides at every step – if it’s not a struggle, you aren’t growing! No stranger to challenge, she loves coaching her clients, helping them expand their horizons and reach unimaginable heights! Some of her favorite trips to guide in the park are the Summer Ski Mountaineering and Intro to Mountaineering Course, where she teaches her clients the skills necessary to enjoy the mountains to their best!
Anya’s passion for the mountains is only rivaled by her love of cooking, baking, eating and sharing food (and wine!) experiences with others! She is an amazing cook in the backcountry and front, will want all your grandmother’s recipes and you’ll be sure to eat like royalty if she’s guiding your trip!
- Hometown: Shoreview, MN
- Education: School of Life!
- Certifications: AAI Avalanche 1 & 2, Wilderness First Responder, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA Alpine Skills
- Favorite Wrangell Adventure: Climbing and skiing from the summit of the US’s 4th tallest peak, Mt. Bona, with my husband and co-owner Bryan
- Best (and most miserable) Wrangell Memory: A 5-hr, class V bushwack in the rain to cover a single mile – only in Alaska!