Jordan Cargill

I was born and raised in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. My love for the outdoors was immediate and permanent. It first manifested in summer days catching and chasing anything that could slither, crawl or rustle the New England forest floor, and winters with skis strapped to my feet days after I could walk. Throughout my youth I spent family vacations, summers, and weekends exploring the mountains, rivers and lakes of the northeast, where a strong wilderness sense and appreciation for wild places were infused into my DNA.

At age 13, I ventured into the vertical for the first time on New Hampshire’s classic granite climbing destination, Cathedral Ledge. I was immediately enraptured by the unique experiences, places, and people climbing unlocked. Since that inaugural voyage up Cathedral’s sea of granite, my passion for the mountain environment has steadily increased alongside my desire to share access and respect for these places through guiding and education.

I have explored the globe, guided on three continents, and put up first ascents and descents. You can see my broad smile on a short trail run to catch the sunrise behind my home in New Hampshire, or at 20,000 feet watching the mountain shadow stretch out on the plains below. I combine limitless excitement for mountain adventures, a lifetime of diverse wilderness experience, and industry leading hard skills as an AMGA Certified Alpine Guide, Assistant Rock Guide, and Apprentice Ski Guide.

In 2018 I did my first trip to the Alaska Range. Moments after taking off from Talkeetna I knew the Denali Range had a hold on me. With six Denali expeditions and nine total trips to the Range under my belt, I do not plan on slowing down anytime soon. When not in Alaska, I’m based in New Hampshire where I guide independently through my guide service, Mountain Shadow Adventures.

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