Joscie Norris


Joscie recently hopped from one great north back to another, returning from Alaska to live out of her marginally insulated yurt to guide ice climbing and lead naturalist programs this winter. She studied conservation and art at the University of Vermont from 2016-2020; there she was introduced to backcountry education as a student then coordinator of the climbing leadership program. An enthusiastic environmentalist, educator, skier, and climber (rock and ice), Joscie looks for opportunities to spark other’s curiosity for these wild and fragile places. 

Most recently she worked as a naturalist educator in Homer, Alaska and before that was a chicken and pig wrangler in Richmond. Not able to get enough of the cold, her travels have taken her to remote Mongolia and subarctic Canada for field research work. Like those that mentor her in climbing, she hopes to be a resource and partner for others, making climbing more widely accessible. Eager to keep learning, she’s taken courses on inclusive facilitation, adaptive climbing, mental health, and social justice work in the outdoors. Equipped as a Single Pitch Instructor, Wilderness First Responder, and with delightful facts about lichens, she’s thrilled to introduce you to climbing.

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