Joshua Beckner




Josh a father, IFMGA/AMGA Mountain Guide, and the director of the School for International Expedition Training. He created the program with the vision of training aspiring mountain guides and outdoor educators so that they can learn the risk management skills they need to stack the odds in their favor while developing their skills in the mountains. He feels that the expedition is the perfect medium for grappling with and understanding life’s greatest lessons, and he loves mentoring students through the process.

Josh has a wide breadth of experience that he has gained on over 30 international expeditions in 9 countries. He has climbed and skied big routes in the Himalaya, Karakoram, Northern Andes, Coast Range (BC), Patagonia, and the Arctic. He has put up significant first ascents on alpine walls up to 3,000 feet high in some of the most remote corners on the planet.

With his personal expedition experience serving as the backbone of his career, Josh has focused his efforts in outdoor education on sharing the lessons that he has learned in the mountains with his students. He has honed his craft while working as a Lead Guide for Exum Mountain Guides, an Instructor at the University of Utah and Westminster College, as a Senior NOLS Instructor, and as an instructor for various organizations throughout the country.

Josh received his BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana and is an AMGA SPI course/exam provider, an AMGA/IFMGA Licensed Mountain Guide (certified in Rock an, Alpine, Ski), an AAA Pro Member, and an Adjunct Instructor at Westminster College and the University of Utah. Josh also holds current WFR and CPR certifications, a Level 3 Avalanche Certification, and has received 2 awards from the American Alpine Club for his international climbing endeavors.

Josh Beckner