Guide Spotlight: Joscie Norris

Where are you from, and how long have you worked at Petra Cliffs?

I’m from Roxbury, CT, now Richmond, VT - this is my first season working for Petra!

What is your role at the gym / mountaineering School?

This winter I am an ice climbing guide for the Mountaineering School.

Do you have a favorite part of the season?

In the snow, I love tracking wildlife and glissading (sledding on your bum) down after a day of ice climbing.

How about a favorite Vermont climbing location?

Wheeler Mountain in the North East Kingdom is a quiet gem!

Do you have a preferred climbing discipline (boulder/ropes/ice/rock)?

I’m most comfortable climbing with ropes, both rock and ice. I have a soft spot for ice; its freeing to explore the frozen cliffs and gullies in an otherwise daunting, dark season.

Where is your favorite place that you have climbed? It can be in Vermont or elsewhere!

 For rock, in NH, Cannon is a classic for sure, and as I’m a big fan of long alpine routes, Moby Grape there is a favorite as well as The Eaglet, a spire on the other side of Franconia Notch. Lake Willoughby is my choice to explore for ice.

What is a fun fact about you?

I have a yurt!

Why do you enjoy guiding and educating others in outdoor recreation sports?

I love introducing people to natural spaces they might otherwise not explore; those adventures are empowering. Furthermore, cliffs and ice flows are important classrooms for thinking about conservation. I also care about making outdoor recreation accessible to everyone. As a guide, hopefully I can be a mentor to others and create that spark from climbing ice!

What's one thing you'd like to see at the gym as we upgrade to Petra 2.0?

I hope with the expanded space we can offer more programing for beginners and those with historically limited access to the outdoors. With added instruction space I'm excited for us to teach everyone technical skills that you can take outside with you.