A Maine native, Joel started climbing 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. Some of his favorite areas are the Red Rock , Zion, Wind Rivers, and the Tetons. He now spends most of his time in Las Vegas guiding a wide array of courses from first time experiences to sharing leads on a multi pitch climb. In the summers he can be found in the Tetons, Wind Rivers, and Beartooth’s guiding for JHMG. He enjoys guiding for the camaraderie and unique personalities he meets and shares the mountains with. Joel is a certified AMGA Rock Guide. He also holds a WFR, is a Leave No Trace Trainer, and has completed a Professional Level One Course.
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.
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.