Eddie Bauer guide Melissa Arnot has made her life about exploring the beautiful mountains of the world. She is passionate about climbing and pushing her own limits, but her ultimate joy comes from sharing that journey with others, both while helping them push their limits and get to their own summit and while sharing the stories from some of the beautiful places in the world.
A professional mountain guide, working internationally since 2004, Melissa has stood on the top of many of the worlds most stunning peaks while assisting clients and pushing her own goals. She has stood atop the summit of Mount Everest 6 times, more than any other non-Sherpa woman.
In 2015, Melissa attempted to become the first woman to ever summit Everest without supplemental oxygen, but her trip was cut short by the Nepal earthquake. In 2016, Melissa successfully completed the climb without supplemental oxygen and now holds the title of most Everest summits by an American woman, ever.
In the spring of 2016, Melissa set out to summit the highest point in all 50 states in 50 days. Beginning with the summit of Denali in Alaska at the end of June, Melissa and college senior Maddie Miller flew to Florida to start a cross-country road trip, summiting the highest point of each state along the way.
On August 7, the duo summited their final peak, Hawaii’s Mauna Kea, completing the 50 Peaks Challenge in just 41 days, 16 hours, and 10 minutes.
Through her work as a remote site EMT, wilderness medicine instructor for the past twelve years and co-founding The Juniper Fund, committed to focusing on the aftermath of expedition related
Himalayan tragedies, Melissa brings together her desire to care for and teach people. With safety as the driving ethic behind every adventure she embarks on, Melissa has made her mark as a caring guide and passionate adventurer.