Joe Butler


Joe began climbing in 1994 in the Southeast. After a long hiatus he fell in love with the mountains all over again. He packed up and left the Southeast looking for bigger mountains to climb. Alaska was a perfect fit. Joe became a guide in 2003 and started guiding Denali in 2004. Since then he has guided successful ascents of Denali, Kahiltna Dome, and Middle Troll. In 2014 Joe was a key part of the Madison Mountaineering guide team for our Mt. Everest expedition. He has lead two overland exits from the Alaska Range and has taught hundreds of people how to ice climb. Teaching and climbing have taken him to Chile, Argentina, Nepal, Thailand, and all over Alaska. When Joe isn’t working, he is out in the Chugach Mountains or climbing ice around Southcentral Alaska. Joe is a full time Alaskan and lives in downtown Anchorage with his wife Amara.

Wilderness First Responder, CPR