Kaylee Walden

Wham Ridge in the Weminuche Wilderness (Colorado), October 2019.

kaylee walden

High alpine trad ascent of Pyramid Peak, off the Juneau Icefield (Alaska). Sept. 2015.

Serendipitously, I joined the Mountain Trip family in 2016 after wandering into the office to buy a winter tent. As the cliché goes—the rest is history!—and I’ve been with the crew for over six years now. I’m humbled to be part of such a professional, tight-knit team that inspires one another to go further, be kind, make big goals, and provide great experiences to guests around the world.

Born and raised in Montana, I’ve been fascinated by wild places for as long as I can remember. My best memories of childhood involve chasing my parents up hiking trails and down ski slopes as soon as I could walk. Since then, my passion (read: obsession) has only deepened. I’ve followed that spark around the world, from the Rockies and Cascades, to the Pyrenees, Alps, Nepal Himalaya, Southern Alps of New Zealand, High Atlas of Morocco, Japanese Alps, the Alaska Range and more. Though I enjoy all alpine ventures, the pinnacle of happiness for me involves backcountry skiing an aesthetic, pristine line after a long ascent, ideally off of a summit somewhere. Summer finds me scheming trail link-ups and climbing around up high. The more remote, the better :).

I guide via ferrata, trail running, trekking, backcountry skiing, and teach avalanche courses in the San Juans. I have also been an apprentice/assistant guide on two Mountain Trip expeditions into the Alaska Range, including a successful summit of Denali via the West Buttress in 2019, and plan to head back this summer in June 2022.

I have taken a Pro-1 and Avalanche Instructor Course through Silverton Avalanche School, and my Alpine Skills and Apprentice Ski Guide Course through the AMGA, among a list of other medical and technical courses through the years. I’m looking forward to continuing my education in all disciplines. There’s always more to learn out there. For me, that’s a major part of what makes mountain pursuits all the more fulfilling.

In whatever capacity, I love sharing the joy of moving in the mountains with others. I hope to see you out in the hills.

Mount Rainier summit (Washington), June 2018.

Island Lake trail running, July 2019

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