Joel Enrico

Location Jackson, Wy

Role Guide

Years Guiding 9

About Joel Enrico

A Maine native, Joel started climbing in South Dakota just after high school and has since climbed throughout the Americas from sea-side first ascents in Newfoundland to the rugged peaks and big walls of Patagonia. He has climbed extensively in the US. Some of his favorite areas are Yosemite, Zion, Wind Rivers, and the Tetons. In the winters Joel can be found climbing ice and mixed routes or spending a day out touring.  Joel started his guiding career in 2009 applying skills learned from NOLS, AMGA courses, and personal experiences.  The lure of the Tetons has brought Joel to JHMG and he is excited to share his knowledge with guests over a good adventure. He spends most of his time guiding in the Tetons, Wind Rivers, Beartooth’s and in the Red Rock for JHMG. Joel is a certified AMGA Rock Guide in pursuit of full IFMGA/UIAGM certification. He also holds a WFR, is a leave no trace trainer, and has completed the AIARE level 2 avalanche course.


  • - Wilderness First Responder
  • - AMGA Certified Rock Guide
  • - AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Certification
  • - Leave No Trace Trainer


  • Our guide Joel Enrico did an outstanding and exemplary job. Climbing the Upper Exum Route was more mentally challenging than I had anticipated (I am not a climber),  but I thoroughly enjoyed my journey up the Grand  because of Joel’s competence, professionalism, words of encouragement and constant commitment to safety. He never once made me feel rushed and his communication with our rope team was exceptional. Once we summited and made our way down he was again committed to our safety and shared in a lot of laughs.  Back at camp,  Joel shined as camp chef, and seemed to carry out all tasks effortlessly. I cannot recommend him more highly as a guide.  I truly believe my experience could have been way more scary and was less fun had it not been shared with someone like Joel, instead I left the mountain feeling strong, inspired and longing for my next JHMG mountain adventure.

    — Anonymous
  • From the start, the guides have your safety at the forefront. Additionally, they are reading you, paying attention to you, the weather, other factors and doing their best to get you safely to the top. They went as far as to tell us where to place every step, to help us with efficiency as we moved up and down the mountain. Top notch guiding all the way.

    — Brian Kahn
  • Great trip with great guides and an overall amazing experience.

    — Milo Lewon
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