Outdoor Instructor / Mountain Guide
Petrouchka Steiner-Grierson is an outdoor educator and writer based in New Zealand. She holds qualifications in rock climbing instructing, wilderness first aid, ski instructing, and avalanche management. For the last five years Petrouchka has worked as an outdoor instructor / guide in everything from rock climbing, to sea kayaking, to mountain biking, backcountry skiing and even tree climbing.
Petrouchka grew up tramping (kiwi for ‘hiking’) and skiing in the North Island, and was introduced to climbing by her family at a young age. Although she went on to complete a Bachelor of Music at the University of Auckland, she was always drawn to the mountains and ended up pursuing her passion for the outdoors professionally. She has since worked as an outdoor educator in New Zealand, Canada and Australia, and as a ski patroller in Canada.
Climbing for Petrouchka, however, isn’t limited to work: she has traveled to Australia, China, Canada and the U.S. all for personal climbing trips on rock and ice. Most notably, she has done four month-long stints in Yosemite, climbing six big walls in the process. Although the Yosemite granite keeps her coming back, Petrouchka has a particular soft spot for sandstone; she is often daydreaming about Indian Creek, UT, or LiMing, Yunnan.
Having just spent two years in Canada, Petrouchka is buzzing from the world class ice climbing and ski mountaineering the Rockies has to offer. She has completed several classic ski traverses in the area and can’t wait to return for more ski objectives as well as alpine climbing.
Nowadays, Petrouchka is working towards becoming an NZMGA mountain guide, but she can still be found contracting to various outdoor education providers in New Zealand and Australia in between. When she’s not out on a trip for work, or on one of her own mountain missions, she is writing about her passions and updating her blog.