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ABOUT AKIO

I grew up in the small town of Placerville, California, where I was first introduced to the outdoors through ski racing near Lake Tahoe. At some point, I was introduced to climbing on the beautiful granite of the Sierra Nevada foothills and it quickly consumed my life. I began making frequent trips to the High Sierra and Yosemite Nat'l Park throughout highschool, creating a passion for climbing. Shortly after starting school at Montana State University in Bozeman, I started guiding ice climbing in the nearby Hyalite Canyon and, upon graduating, I committed to full time guiding by becoming a Certified Rock Guide. At some point along the way, I had the fortune to meet my partner, Anju, who I share this amazing journey with.

Currently, I am a mountain guide based out of Bozeman, Montana that values professionalism, relationships, and inclusion. Most of my days in the mountains are spent seeking challenge and adventure while rock and ice climbing in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. When not out climbing or guiding, you can expect me catching up with friends, planning the next trip, or working on a new project. 

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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Certified AMGA Rock Guide

  • Assistant AMGA Alpine Guide

  • Apprentice AMGA Ski Guide 

  • Scarpa AMI Member

  • 9 years of professional guiding experience

  • Grade IV ice and rock first ascents up to WI5 and 5.13-

  • 9 El Cap ascents, including in a day

  • Multipitch onsights up to 5.12c and redpoints up to 5.13c

  • Mixed and ice climbs up to M9 and WI6

  • Climbing experience in South America, Asia, Europe, Alaska and across the US

  • Instagram
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ABOUT ANJU

Anju Samuelson grew up in Berlin, Germany and lived in Turkey, Chile and the USA.
Anju is currently taking AMGA Rock guiding courses and finished the first Rock Guide Course in April. She has been climbing for 7 years all over Europe, the US and South America. Her passion is to explore cultures through rock climbing trips, that is why she speaks German, English, Spanish and some Turkish. She is also passionate about mental health and continuously explores the world of emotional awareness and perception. In her free time she is found rock climbing, ice climbing or skiing. She has a Bachelor in Geosciences from the University of Tuebingen, Germany and studied at Technical University Berlin and Montana State University.

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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Apprentice AMGA Rock Guide

  • Founder of Montana Women's Climbing Festival (www.mtwomensclimbingfest.com)

  • DAV (German Alpine Club) Youth Leader 

  • Ascent of El Capitan, Yosemite, via Lurking Fear 5.6 C2+

  • Rock first ascents up to 5.12a

  • Multipitch sport up to 5.12c and trad up to 5.11d

  • Climbing experience in Chile, Argentina, USA, Canada, Germany, Romania, Spain, France and Turkey

  • Instagram