About Me

Hello,

My name is Naomi Prohaska and I would rather be in the mountains. I am 16 years old and live in Pemberton BC Canada. I have been so blessed to grow up in such an active community. Pemberton is a 30 minute drive from Whistler BC, one of the best places to ski in the world. Keep going south and you reach Squamish, one of the best place to rock climb in North America. I am surrounded by such incredible sports all the time. I have grown up in the midst of boundaries being pushed and records being broken. My father moved to Whistler when he was 19 and never looked back. He was a ski and climbing bum. He is now a certified ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides) and IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations) guide. He and my mother introduced me to skiing when I was 2 years old and climbing at around 5. However, I was never pushed to be a good skier or climber. In the Spring of 2015 I attended a presentation in Whistler where I heard about some amazing trips that people were doing in the Sea to Sky Corridor and around the world. This inspired me to do the Spearhead Traverse, a 3 day ski traverse in the backcountry connecting Blackcomb to Whistler mountain. I had never been ski touring and hated walking with my skis, but something was pushing me to try it. I’m glad it did because I loved it. I spent my first three days in the backcountry with my dad and another father daughter pair. It was unlike anything I had ever done. Being out in the open with just the sky and the snow was such an amazing experience. Soon after that I had an even crazier thought. I decided I wanted to be the youngest person to climb Mt. Logan, the tallest mountain in Canada. My father has done over a dozen trips in the park where Mt. Logan is situated, Kluane National Park. He has guided on Mt. Logan 8 times since I was born. When I look back I still find it crazy how I could decide to do something like that with such little experience. From then until May 2017, Mt. Logan consumed my world. Throughout those 2 years I learned the basics of mountaineering, and I wouldn’t trade the experiences I got from training for anything. I learned how to ski tour, how to do avalanche and crevasse rescue, summitted 15 mountains, did 4 traverses and so much more. Then in May 2017, I flew to Mt. Logan. I was on the mountain for 3 weeks, and they were the best and the worst of my life. They showed me how magnificent and merciless the mountains can be. My love for the wilderness was reinforced immensely during those 21 days. As a plus, I achieved my goal! I am now the youngest person ever to have climbed Canada’s tallest mountain. After returning home and having a mellow Summer, I realized that I needed another goal. This Fall while on the Spearhead Traverse for the fourth time, I dreamt up my next objective, I am planning on climbing Denali Spring 2019. To learn more about either of my expeditions check out their pages. Thanks for reading this, I hope you can find yourself in the mountains from time to time.