Eli grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah where he spent his childhood exploring the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the Wasatch Forests. He learned to ski at a young age thanks to his mom who realized that Eli was easily motivated to make a turn when there was an M&M waiting on the other side – anything’s possible when a sweet treat is involved! He eventually found his own motivation and began rock climbing, scaling big walls without the promise of candy.
During his first year in college, Eli was introduced to rock climbing. At first, it was merely a way to work out and challenge himself, but it was quickly turned into the pursuit of big walls! He realized that he enjoys the problem-solving and rope work logistics as much as the climbing itself and was continually motivated to push himself higher. Eli completed his first 1000’ free climb in 2018 and his first 2200’ free climb two years later. While climbing is certainly his primary focus, Eli is a multi-sport enthusiast and also enjoys days on the river and linking turns on his skis.
Eli traveled to Alaska for the first time in 2018 and instantly fell in love with the rugged terrain. Exposure to the raw nature of the Wrangells inspired him to push himself into more committing and challenging terrain, and we all know there’s plenty of that around these parts!
With an impressive climbing resume under his belt, Eli is extremely personable, friendly and is a big fan of puns and riddles. Get ready for some Dad Jokes if he’s taking you out Ice Climbing! Eli loves exploring the nooks and crannies of the Root Glacier with his clients and encourages them to “Take a moment to stop, listen to the wind, smell the freshness in the air, and lick a rock!” On his days off, you can find him taking photos of wildlife, attempting to bake bread, or enjoying a book in his hammock.
- Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
- Education: Bachelors of Science, Parks, Recreation and Tourism University of Utah
- Certifications: AAMGA Single Pitch Instructor, NOLS Wilderness First Responder, Remote Rescue Avalanche Rescuer
- Favorite Wrangell Adventure: Completing the High Pass Odyssey backpacking route in only 2 days! (Usually takes 6-8 days…)
- Best Wrangell Memory: Fording Skolai creek in our briefs!