Joan grew up in Andover, Massachusetts. She worked as a software QA engineer in Cambridge for a number of years while raising her son, Randy. After Randy saw the movie “Cliffhanger” and started rigging ropes off the house, she took him for a climbing lesson. Joan loved the experience so much that she decided to become a guide. When Randy graduated from high school and left home, Joan sold her home, quit her software job and moved to North Conway to begin her guiding career. She has worked in that capacity ever since. Aside from her broad range of technical skills, Joan has the gift of helping people become comfortable in challenging situations. Joan has extensive knowledge of the White Mountains, and has guided in Acadia National Park, on Mount Katahdin and in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She also works as a volunteer guide for Paradox Sports and Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation, helping people with disabilities to have outdoor adventures. On personal trips she has climbed all over New England, in New York’s Shawangunks, the southwestern deserts, in Alaska and the Ecuadorian Andes. When she’s not out guiding, Joan works as a professional storyteller. She she also runs an Airbnb in nearby Brownfield, Maine at her off-the-grid, post-and-beam home that she helped build.
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
Wilderness First Responder
Member of Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue