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28 January, 2019 Back to News/Events


Elaina is the owner/operator of New River Mountain Guides and has pursued climbing as a career for over 20 years. She’s traveled all over the North America and Europe, and was instrumental in establishing El Potrero Chico, Mexico.

Arenz spends her summers at the New River Gorge and the rest of the year in Red Rock, NV guiding for Jackson Hole Mountain Guides and the American Alpine Institute. She is also a seasonal guest guide with Mountain Education & Development based in Salt Lake City, UT and San Juan Mountain Guides in Ouray, CO.

She is an SPI Course Provider and a Warrior’s Way Trainer, a method of approaching climbing which helps one to stay focused to overcome fear of falling and improve commitment in climbing.

In 2014 was elected to the Board of Directors of the Access Fund and has supported their efforts for the last 16 years as an Athlete Ambassador. In 2001 she was awarded the Sharp End Award by The Access Fund for her outstanding contribution to climbers’ advocacy. She also manages the athlete clinics for the American Alpine Club’s Craggin’ Classic at the New River Gorge, WV.

Arenz has appeared in the Women of Climbing Calendar in 2001 and 2003, and will also be featured in photographer Chris Noble’s new book called Women Who Dare: North America’s Most Inspiring Women Climbers, alongside her climbing heros Lynn Hill, Kitty Calhoun and Dawn Glanc.

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