Our Education Instructors for Spring 2020



AMY NESSOriginally from North Dakota, Amy got her B.A. in International Studies, learning Spanish and allowing her to travel. Now, with over a decade of experience climbing and mountaineering, both for work and play, Amy has climbed and established first ascents on some of the biggest rock walls in the world. Her passion for exposing others to the wonders of the Sierra lead her to establish Whitney Base Camp & Climbing School, which she guides for full-time, taking people on back-country adventures, hosting yoga & climbing retreats, and teaching the complex systems we use to climb. She has certifications from the American Mountain Guide Association, Leave No Trace, AAIRE, and is a Wilderness First Responder.



Becca DrozBecca is a climber and a creative. Her B.A. in Outdoor Leadership from Warren Wilson College is the foundation of her work in experiential education. Becca leads courses at Women’s Wilderness, a non-profit in Boulder, CO and in climbing gyms, and she hasn’t missed a Flash Foxy Women’s Climbing Festival! Becca is an AMGA certified Single Pitch Instructor, Apprentice Rock Guide and Outdoor Research athlete. She is inspired by climbing as a means to foster deeper awareness and connection with ourselves, each other and the Earth.


Originally from the foothills of South Carolina, Azissa got hooked on climbing during college. Over the years that followed, she pursued a career in commercial guiding and climbing instruction in North Carolina, Utah, and Colorado. She now spends much of her time playing and working in and around Boulder, CO. Azissa is an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Assistant Rock Guide, SPI Assistant Provider, part-time guide for Denver Mountain Guiding, and Grassroots Education Manager for the American Alpine Club.



Enlivened by movement, inspired by wild places and curious to see what’s possible, Josie is continually drawn to climbing adventures. Following the climbing lifestyle, from recreational climber to guide and professional athlete, Josie has developed connection and responsibility to the climbing community. Her goal is to help others meet their own challenges and recreate responsibly. Josie’s background includes over two decades of climbing experience (specializing in bigwall climbing, international alpine expeditions and first ascents) and 12 years as a climbing instructor. She holds a B.A. in Human Development & Education, has served on the Yosemite Search and Rescue team, teaches for NOLS Wilderness Medicine and is an AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide.