I am a fully certified Mountain Guide and member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG), the International Federation of Mountain Guiding Associations (IFMGA) and a Professional Member of the the Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA). My objective in guiding is to have fun in the mountains while achieving the goals of my guests and maintaining the highest safety standards in the guiding industry.
I have been climbing and skiing full-time since 1983, working as a ski patroller and avalanche forecaster before starting to guide. Living in Banff I have spent much of my time in the mountains close by, climbing the north faces of Temple, Howse, Kitchener, Diadem and Edith Cavell; great ridges like the Emperor on Robson and the northeast ridge of Bryce; and many of the Selkirk and Bugaboo classics, such as the Beckey/Chouinard on the South Howser Tower.
I also have climbed further afield. Some of my favourite trips have been making first ascents on Baffin Island and in Nepal; climbing walls in Yosemite; spending two summers mountaineering in Peru; sport climbing in Thailand; and exploring remote areas of Alaska.
In the winter I have focused on skiing and have completed over a dozen major ski traverses throughout western Canada, South America and Europe.
I finished my guide certification in 1996. Since then I have guided many of the classics in western Canada, with Mt Alberta, Mt Bryce and Mt Robson being highlights. I have also guided further afield, such as the East Ridge of Mt Logan in the Yukon, Mt Cook in New Zealand, the Matterhorn in Switzerland and Pachermo in Nepal.
My ski guiding experience includes 7 years heli-skiing in the Purcell, Selkirk and Coast Ranges as well as many long ski traverses such as the Haute Route in the Alps, the Lilloet Traverse on the coast, the Bugaboos-Rogers Pass Traverse in the Columbia Mountains and the Great Divide Traverse in the Rockies. In addition I spend multiple weeks every winter travelling throughout the mountains of western Canada, searching for the best powder skiing at my favourite backcountry lodges and roadside ski-touring destinations.
My work also includes teaching professional level avalanche courses for the CAA and for many years I worked as an instructor/examiner on ACMG climbing guide and ski guide certification courses.
In 2011 I co-authored, with Chic Scott, an update to Chic’s original Summits and Icefields ski touring guidebook for the Rocky Mountains. 2012 saw Chic and I publish the next instalment in this series, a guidebook for ski touring in the Columbia Mountains. In 2013 Chic, TJ Neault and I published a marked route map and mini-guide for the Wapta Icefields and Bow Summit area.