Jesse Yon

I grew up on a farm in central Kentucky and upon leaving, I followed my passion for the outdoors which eventually took me to Telluride, Colorado in the winter of 2010. Fortunately, I found the self restraint to return to college, earning a degree in biotechnology.

In 2013, I returned to the San Juan Mountains, where I’ve lived ever since. I spend my time touring the backcountry, enjoying our plentiful rock and ice lines, and doing the usual shoulder-season circuit of desert sandstone, high sierra granite, and ticking off climbing routes in my favorite place in the world, Yosemite Valley.

I joined Mountain Trip’s local program in the summer of 2018, guiding rock, via ferrata, and peak ascents. I hold Wilderness First Responder and Single Pitch Instructor certifications, and recently completed the AMGA Rock Guide Course.

When I’m not climbing, I’m traveling abroad (to climb, more-often-than-not), exploring on two wheels, or hanging out in a tent with my nose in an Edward Abbey book!

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