Rock Climbing & Canyoneering Guide
Joe grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and learned to climb on weekend excursions to the Red River Gorge during high school. Joe visited Moab on his first ever climbing road trip in 2002, and his passion for exploring and climbing in the desert has only grown since then.
Joe has guided climbing, canyoneering, mountaineering, and backpacking trips for over 12 years in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming. He worked as a field instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) for three spring-through-fall seasons, climbing and living out of his van between courses and spending winters in Jackson, Wyoming.
Joe has a PhD in Earth Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. From pointing out micro-faults and calcite veins to discussing petrified sand dunes and the breakup of Pangaea, his background in geology enhances any trip.
Joe has climbed the Nose of El Capitan in a day (Yosemite) and the Grand Traverse of the Teton Range in a day. His technical expertise and patient, calm demeanor will allow you to expand your comfort zone in a safe environment. Joe started guiding at Cliffs and Canyons in 2014. You can learn more about Joe at his personal website: www.joevstern.com.
Professional Certifications, Courses and Relevant Memberships
- AAI Level I (American Avalanche Institute)
- WFR, CPR (Wilderness First Responder)
- Leave No Trace Master