a blog by april mayhew


Originally from Valdez AK, immersion within the outdoors has been hardwired since birth. As a toddler I enjoyed exploring the great, wild outdoors that surrounded my family’s remote cabin, often riding atop my best friend Sasquatch – the family St. Bernard – with lofty dreams of adventurous expeditions to far corners of the yard, and beyond … to the neighbors’ farm.

Guiding Pics--35Years and many miles later, I successfully escaped the clutches of a career in law and relocated to northeast California, where I quickly tapped into the region’s prolific climbing network and commenced the pursuit of all things Climbing. Years later, I was granted the opportunity to make my passion my profession as a full-time mountain guide. I’ve been lucky enough to have visited over 20 countries, and climbed granite and limestone walls and scaled peaks in most of them. I’ve climbed and guided throughout California’s Sierra Nevada, in the Cascades, the volcanoes of Mexico, the Andes, Tanzania and Kenya, and in the Himalaya.

Today I travel for climbing year round. On rest days, I enjoy sports, writing, photography, and cooking – developing recipes using spices and ingredients I’ve picked up during my travels. I also enjoy learning languages to better connect with new and old friends in places I frequent. Currently I’m studying: Swahili, Maasai, Chagga, Spanish, Portuguese. So far I’ve picked up a little Korean, Thai, Spanish, Dutch, Nepali, Khmer, and English – but only the bad words.

I am pursuing full certification with the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA).

Exum Mountain Guides
Sierra Mountain Center
Monache Adventures International
International Alpine Guides
Sierra Mountaineering International
Eastside Women’s Climbing Group

Cerro Aconcagua Argentina 6962m 8 expeditions, 6 summits*
Kilimanjaro Tanzania 5895m 12 expeditions
Iztaccihuatl Mexico 5199m
Pico de Orizaba Mexico 5611m
Illiniza Norte Ecuador 5126m*
Cotopaxi Ecuador 5897m*
Cayambe Ecuador 5790m
Chimborazo Ecuador 6268m
East Ridge, Mt. Russell Lone Pine, CA 14,086’*
Mt. Williamson Independence, CA 14,375’ IV*
North Rib, Mt. Tyndall Independence, CA 14,026’*
Middle Palisade Big Pine, CA 14,018’ IV*
Matterhorn Peak, North Arête Bridgeport, CA 12,279’*
West Face, Cardinal Pinnacle Bishop, CA*
South Face, Charlotte Dome Big Pine, CA*
Third Pillar, Regular Route Lee Vining, CA*
Palisades from the West Bishop, CA 5.9 IV*
S.E. Face, Mt. Kenya Kenya 5188m 5.8
Lower & Upper Exum, Grand Teton Wyoming 4198m*

Mt. Whitney:
Mountaineer’s Route-Winter Lone Pine, CA 4422m 30+ ascents*
Mountaineer’s Route-Summer Lone Pine, CA 4422m 20+ ascents*
East Face Lone Pine, CA 4422m*
East Buttress Lone Pine, CA 4422m*

2013 October  | Makalu Nepal – 7100m**
Mt. Meru Tanzania 4572m
Mt. Rainier Tacoma, WA 14,410’*
2018 April | Multiple routes & summits – IV – Taghia, Morocco***
2018 May & July | D7 to Forrest Finish – IV – The Diamond – IV – Long’s Peak, CO
2018 July | Beckey-Choinard, South Howser Tower – IV – Bugaboos, CAN
2018 July | Sunshine Crack,  Snowpatch Spire – IV – Bugaboos, CAN
2018 July | Cannonball Corner, Mt. Evans, CO
2018 August | N. Buttress, Mt. Goode + 5.10 OW variation, High Sierra, CA
2018 September | Voyager, Fifi Buttress, Yosemite Valley, CA
2018 September | Royal Arches, Yosemite Valley, CA

The Yawn, Tuolumne, Yosemite NP, CA*
Regular Route, Fairview Dome, Tuolumne, Yosemite NP*
Nutcracker, Yosemite NP, CA
Central Pillar of Frenzy, Yosemite NP
NE Buttress, Higher Cathedral, Yosemite NP
S. Face Washington’s Column, Yosemite NP
Third Pillar, Mt. Dana, High Sierra, CA*
East Buttress, Middle Cathedral – IV – Yosemite NP
N.E. Face Half Dome – IV- Yosemite NP*
Serenity & Sons, Yosemite NP*
Moratorium, Schult’s Ridge, Yosemite NP
Freeblast, El Capitan, Yosemite NP
The Rostrum, Yosemite NP
Lucky Streaks, Fairview Dome, Tuolumne, Yosemite NP*
Oz, Drug Dome, Tuolumne, Yosemite NP*
Blues Riff, Phobos Cliff, Tuolumne, Yosemite NP*
Heart of Stone, Fairview Dome, Tuolumne, Yosemite NP
Positive Vibrations, Incredible Hulk – IV – High Sierra, CA*
Sun Spot Dihedral, Incredible Hulk – IV – High Sierra, CA*

Colorado: Ice
Horsetail Falls, Ouray, CO*
Stairway to Heaven, Silverton, CO
2018 December | Slip Sliding Away, Ouray, CO
2018 December | Slippery When Wet, Ouray, CO
2018 December | Choppo’s Chimney, Ouray, CO
2018 December | Skylight, Ouray, CO
2018 December | Campground Couloir, Silverton, CO
2018 December | Snowblind, Silverton, CO
2018 December | Whorehouse, Silverton, CO

Chamonix: France
South Face, Rébuffat Route, Aiguille du Midi

Los Arenales: Argentina
Mejor No Hablar Ciertas Cosas El Coyote IV
Harmonica III
Cinemacope Mitre 7a+ A1

Rio de Janiero: Brazil
Via do Totem, Pan de Asucar

Desplomilandia: Spain
Yogur de Coco Buena Sombra
Cosas Caseras Buena Sombra
Los Zauden Buena Sombra

AMGA Rock Instructor Course
AMGA Rock Guide Course
AIARE Avalanche Level II
Wilderness First Responder/CPR

* Multiple Ascents
** Unsupported expedition. No summit achieved due to weather.
*** Guidebook stolen in transit, so route info is lost for the time being.


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