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ABOUT AKIO

I grew up in the small town of Placerville, California. I was first introduced to climbing on the beautiful granite of the Sierra Nevada foothills. It quickly consumed my life and I began making frequent trips to the High Sierra and Yosemite Nat'l Park throughout highschool. After committing to college at Montana State University in Bozeman, I started ice climbing in the nearby Hyalite Canyon. Upon graduating, I committed to full time guiding.

Currently, I am a mountain guide based out of Bozeman. Most of my days in the mountains are spent in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, even though I try to travel around for the best climbing in the season. Through the outdoors, I seek out challenge, adventure, and friendships. If I'm not out at a local crag or on an extended trip, it's likely that I'm sipping some beer and working on my van. 

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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Certified AMGA Rock Guide

  • Assistant AMGA Alpine Guide 

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

  • 8 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

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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

  • DAV (German Alpine Club) Youth Leader 

  • 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