About Joe Stock 

 Joe in the Western Chugach. Photo by Mark Smiley/www.smileysproject.comJoe is an internationally licensed IFMGA Mountain Guide based in Anchorage, Alaska. He has been climbing and skiing around the world for 30 years with extensive time in the mountains of Alaska, New Zealand, western United States, South America and the Alps. 

Living in Anchorage offers easy trip scheming. In 2005 Joe skied from Anchorage and arrived in Valdez 18 days and 180 miles later. He also skied the full-length of Alaska’s Tordrillo and Neacola Mountains. In June 2009 he skied from the summit of Mount Chamberlin, the highest summit in the Alaskan Arctic. Like Fred Becky, Joe has a little black book, filled with trip ideas. 

Cathy and Joe on the summit of Aguja Guillaumet (5.10b, 12 pitches), El Chalten, Patagonia, Argentina.

In 2009 Joe became the 56th American guide to become fully certified by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) and licensed by the International Federation of Mountain Guides (IFMGA). Receiving an IFMGA license includes three guiding disciplines: alpine, ski mountaineering and rock and is the Ph.D of mountains travel. Joe uses this knowledge to help clients minimize risk and have a successful and fun time in the mountains. Guiding allows Joe to share his mountain passion with clients. 

Since 1995, Joe has been freelance writing for magazines starting with a feature article in Rock & Ice on climbing the Balfour Face on Mount Tasman in New Zealand. Since then, he published numerous articles on adventures and mountain technique in magazines such as Climbing, Backcountry, Alaska and Trail Runner. His photos have accompanied most of his articles in addition appearing in catalogs such as Patagonia, Osprey, and G3. In 2012 he published his first book: The Alaska Factor

With professor parents, Joe had a genetic desire for science. He attended the University of Canterbury in Christchurch New Zealand for an undergraduate degree in geology and geography. He then received a graduate degree in watershed science (snow science focus) from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Joe applies this science background to his guiding, avalanche instruction, writing and photography.

Joe and his wife Cathy moved to Anchorage in 2002. Fifteen minutes from their house are mountains that continue unbroken for 2,000 miles to Washington State. They bought a 1952 house in Airport Heights and have fallen in love with the big wild city, its crazy inhabitants and each other. 

Joe at home in the Kenai Mountains near Anchorage. Photo by Dustin Leclerc.