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Akio Joy

Akio (he/him) Guide/ Co-Owner

Aki grew up in the small town of Placerville, California. Early on, he was introduced to climbing & skiing in the Sierra Nevada foothills. At 17, he moved to Montana and started guiding. Once finished with University, he committed to guiding full time and in 2023, achieved IFMGA status through the American Mountain Guides Association. Aki values professionalism, partnerships, and equity. His favorite place to recreate is just South of the Beartooths on the Yellowstone River.

  •     IFMGA/American Mountain Guide

  •     Certified Rock Guide

  •     Certified Alpine Guide

  •     Certified Ski Guide 

  •     Pro 2 Avalanche Course/ AAA Pro Member

  •     Wilderness First Responder

  •     10+ Years of Guiding Experience

  •     Grade IV Rock and Ice First Ascents up to WI5+ and 5.13

  •     10 El Cap ascents, include a 7.5 hr ascent of the Nose and free ascent of Freerider (5.13a)

  •     Climbing, skiing, & guiding experience in Alaska, Canada, Chile, Argentina, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Turkey, Tanzania, Norway, and Iceland.

  •     BS in Mathematics (Teaching)

Beartooth Mountain Guides Ice Climbing in Norway
Rock Climbing in Turkey Geyikbayiri
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