Mountain Guiding

I am currently training as an anesthesiologist through Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland. I am continuing to guide part-time as my schedule permits, and plan to return to seasonal guiding when I finish my training.

I began safety consulting on film projects in 2004 working on the Grand Canyon paragliding flight for Redbull, the Fearless Planet series for the Discovery Channel and various television segments. I have experience in Canada, Europe, the US, Africa and New Zealand in the safety, avalanche and guiding industries.

I began the mountain guide certification process in 2006 through the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, achieving full international mountain-guide status in 2011.

I plan to eventually combine my background in mountain safety with my medical training, to provide medical services in remote and austere environments. I completed the Diploma in Mountain Medicine in Nepal in 2017.

Previously, I have offered both private guiding and safety coordination for film and industry.

Certifications & Trade Education:

  • IFMGA Mountain Guide
  • Canadian Avalanche Association Level 2
  • Canadian Ski Coaches Federation Level 2
  • Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance Level 2
  • Rigging for Rescue
  • Advanced Wilderness First Aid

Industry Clients & Work Experience:

Film
  • Redbull (Grand Canyon Paragliding Film)
  • Discovery Channel (Fearless Planet Series)
  • Yamnuska / GSR Films
  • SEO Entertainment
  • ABC News


Avalanche Forecasting
  • CPR Rail Golden Subsection

Guiding
  • Private guiding in western Canada & Europe and for Alpine Guides in New Zealand.


Summit ridge of Mt. Athabasca, Canadian Rockies.

The Mountain-Guide Certification Process

Full certification as a Mountain Guide in Canada requires successful completion of a series of five exams and a mandatory one to two year apprenticeship period. The exams are typically 10 days in length and are preceded by a minimum of eight training and external certification courses varying between one to two weeks in duration. An average candidate takes five years to complete the certification. The initial application is competitive and candidates will usually enter with five or more years of mountaineering experience. Overall pass rates for the exams are 65-70% and the majority of candidates fail at least one exam en-route to completing their certification. The Mountain Guide certificate is recognized internationally in over 20 countries and is considered to be the highest level of training for mountain travel in the world. In short, the process is rigorous and requires considerable time, motivation, and discipline to complete.

During the certification exams, candidates are specifically marked in the categories of client care, risk management, decision-making, and professionalism. Working as a guide requires the ability to communicate well with other guides and clients, to utilize good judgment to minimize risk, to deal effectively with emergencies, and to make accurate decisions with imperfect information in high-pressure environments.

Further information may also be obtained at:

www.acmg.ca
The Association of Canadian Mountain Guides.
www.ivbv.info/en
The International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations.
http://www.tru.ca/act/adventure/cmsg-certprg.html
The Canadian Mountain and Ski Guide certification program, administrated through Thomson Rivers University.

North Ridge of Mt. Assiniboine