Akio Joy grew up near Lake Tahoe, California, where his passion for the outdoors started with skiing at a young age. He learned how to climb one summer and eventually became a climbing guide when he moved to Montana for university. Now, he guides rock, ice, alpine and ski full time in the mountains of Montana and Wyoming and loves sharing his passion with others.

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