• KIM HAVELL,
    MOUNTAIN & SKI GUIDE

    Moving in the mountains — from the home hills of Jackson WY to the far reaches of the Arctic and Antarctic.

JACKSON HOLE MOUNTAIN RESORT ALPINE GUIDES

Winter guide 2014-present

EXUM MOUNTAIN GUIDES

Winter guide 2014-present

ICE AXE EXPEDITIONS

  • 2 trips Svalbard, Norway
  • 2 trips Antarctica
  • 2 trips Morocco
  • 1 trip Sissimuit, Greenland

ELEVATE WOMEN’S CAMP

Experience Jackson Hole shoulder to shoulder with Jess McMillan, Kim Havell and Crystal Wright, three of the best female big mountain skiers in the world.

See one woman’s experience at the camp here >

GUIDING EXPERIENCE

EXUM MOUNTAIN GUIDES

  • 2014-present

JACKSON HOLE MOUNTAIN RESORT ALPINE GUIDES

  • 2015-present

ICE AXE EXPEDITIONS

  • 2011-present: Antarctica, Norway, Greenland, Iceland, Morocco

JACKSON HOLE MOUNTAIN GUIDES

  • 1st female to ski guide the Grand Teton with Brian Warren and guest, Greg Paul in June 2014

TELLURIDE SKI RESORT

  • Backcountry Ski Guide / Ambassador / Athlete 1998-2011

JACKSON HOLE MOUNTAIN RESORT

  • Athlete / Ambassador 2012-2016

BABES IN THE BACKCOUNTRY & SAN JUAN OUTDOOR SCHOOL

  • Ski Guide / Instructor for Steep Skiing Camps & Avalanche Level 1

CLIMBING AND RIVER EXPEDITIONS | RACES

  • El Capitan- East Buttress (swapped leads)
  • Half Dome- Snake Dike Route (all leads)
  • Wind RR: Pingora to Overhanging Tower (1/2 cirque traverse) car-to-car
  • Desert Towers- Castleton, Sister Superior, Bridger Jacks, Ancient Art, North Six Shooter
  • The Grand Traverse- Teton range WY (Teewinot, Mt Owen, Grand Teton, Middle Teton, South Teton, Cloudveil Dome, Ice Cream Cone, Gilkey Tower, Spalding Peak, Nez Perce) – 2011
  • The Grand Teton, WY- 7 summits (4 ski, 4 climb)
  • Tetons- Petzoldt Ridge, Exum Ridge, & North Face- Grand Teton, The Snaz, & more
  • Mt Wilson-El Diente Traverse- 7 traverses
  • Mt Wilson-El Diente- Wilson Peak traverse in a day
  • Dallas Peak- guided a friend client
  • Coxcomb Pk, Teakettle Pk, Potosi Pk
  • Maroon Bells Traverse
  • Cathedral Peak- (freesolo)
  • Matthias Crest- (freesolo, rope lead for ridge gain/rappel)
  • Mt Conness- West Ridge (freesolo)
  • Incredible Hulk- Red Dihedral
  • San Sophia Ridge traverse to base of Mt Emma- 1st female
  • Lizard Head Peak, Dallas Peak, Pilot’s Knob (freesolo), North Lookout Peak, Coxcomb Peak etc.
  • Vestal (Wham Ridge) to Three Trinities traverse & Arrow Peak
  • La Junta, No Name, Ballard, Wasatch traverse – 7 traverses
  • Golden Horn, Vermillion, Fuller, Beattie, No Name- 6 traverses
  • 7 Summits Ridge traverse, Telluride, CO – (solo)
  • West Slabs, Mt Olympus- (freesolo)
  • Matterhorn to Wetterhorn ridge traverse
  • The Presidential Traverse, NH
  • Superior Ridge climb, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah – 3 climbs
  • 13ers and 14ers across Colorado- Sangres, Elks, San Juans, Weimunche, & more.
  • Imogene Pass Run, Telluride, CO (17 miles) – 2004, 2007, 2008
  • Sneffels Highline Run, Telluride, CO (17 miles) – 2005
  • Denver Marathon – 2008
  • Grand Canyon River Trips (2)
  • Head of the Charles (2)

CERTIFICATIONS

  • OEC- Outdoor Emergency Care Technician
  • Rigging for Rescue- 2009 Technical Rope Rescue
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Rigging for Rescue- 2010 Instructor Rope Rescue
  • Rescue 3 International- High to Low Angle Rescue
  • Avalanche Certification Levels I & II & III
  • Swiftwater Level I
  • First Aid & CPR
  • Incident Command Training
  • AMGA Ski Guide Course

“I had an amazing opportunity to be guided by Kim to the top of the Grand Teton in early June 2014. I had already climbed the Grand by several routes but this time my desire was to ski down from the summit, which is a significant and serious undertaking. That May, I had just returned from a disastrous and disappointing attempt to climb Mt Everest and was dealing with “demons” that made me question my confidence and desire to take on additional mountaineering objectives.

I needed a challenge to “re-boot” my adventure psych and skiing the Grand seemed a worthy objective to help cure me of my funk and rid me of the demons. I went with a lot of trepidation. The prior year, I had undergone total knee replacement thus making me the first person to attempt skiing the Grand with two artificial knees. At age 61, I might also have been quite old relative to other skiers who have attempted skiing that mountain.
From the moment we met and stepped on the mountain Kim’s cheerful and ultra-positive demeanor was an instant breath of fresh air and a tremendous motivator.

Over the next two day climb and ski descent, her hooting and hollering of encouragement to me, not to mention exhibiting her own joy of being in such an amazing place, made me very comfortable and at ease. Her excitement was really contagious. I never felt tired primarily because she kept yelling to me how strong I was so how could I ever let her down? Stepping into my skis on top of the Grand was a little nerve racking as the exposure is tremendous but I knew I was in good hands. My concern turned to an adrenaline fueled sense of joy and adventure as we made our way down the steep slopes of the Ford Couloir and then transitioned to a roped rappel down the Stettner and Chevy Couloirs and then back again on skis to go down the “apron” to our base camp.

Kim felt more like a ski partner friend than a guide, other than the fact that her knowledge and expertise was always in play and on display. I felt like she was having as much fun as I was and not just out doing her job. That makes a huge difference when having a guided experience. I would recommend Kim for any kind of guided adventure in the mountains as she can make some of the inherent drudgery seem like the best part of the journey. Kim’s combination of talent, skill, and caring positive cheerful personality are a rare package in the guiding world.”

– Greg Paul, climber/skier, owner of Momentum Climbing Gyms