My first season for CRE/NRA was in the summer of 2012 where I spent a full season on the Nahanni. I was blown away by the breathtaking canyons and awe inspiring landscape and instantly fell in love with the place.
I have been fortunate enough to turn my love for the outdoors into a career through guiding. I started off guiding canoe trips for youth in the Alberta Rockies four years ago and continue to do so in my spare time. My passion for the outdoors led me to study Outdoor Education at the Augustana campus of the University of Alberta. Through my studies I was able to take part in a number of expeditions in the Canadian North in both the summer as well as the winter. These expeditions ranged from 2 weeks to a month and included such modes of travel as dogsleddding, canoeing, snowshoeing and even ice walking.
My home when I am not on the river is in Nelson B.C. where in the winter I work maintenance at Baldface Cat Skiing lodge as well as Ski Patrol at Whitewater Ski resort. In my free time I enjoy white water canoeing, camping, fishing hiking, snowboarding and spending as much time outside as I possibley can!
My favourite part of guiding is sharing incredible places and experiences with new people. Seeing the awe and inspiration that people take away from a trip constantly reminds me of why I am so passionate about the outdoors. It is a passion that I love sharing with people.
So far I have been having a busy but amazing winter in Nelson B.C. During the winter months you can find me wandering around the slopes of the Kootenay Mountains in the Southern Interior of British Colombia. I spend my time working outdoor operations at Baldface cat boarding lodge and Ski patrolling at the local hill, Whitewater. Any free time is spent grabbing powder turns and exploring the surrounding mountains that the Kootenay’s have to offer. I have also been taking some guiding courses to work towards backcountry split board guiding so that I can continue to work and play in the great outdoors. This all keeps me busy enough until snow all melts and it’s time to start paddling again!
I’m spending my fall back in Alberta visiting family and friends as well as getting some paddling and golf in. Planning to do a trip out on the Churchill River in Northern Saskatchewan with Nahanni guides Emily Cole, Jodi Miller, and Emily Carty. Once the snow begins to fall I will be off Nelson BC again for another season of snowboarding and working as a “homie” at Baldface Cat Skiing lodge. I will also be taking some courses this winter that go towards become a ski guide.
For the winter season I have been hiding out in the town of Nelson, B.C. and have hated every minute of it. I have been extremely busy living the Kootenay lifestyle with the arduous schedule of skiing and snowboarding long hours for little to no pay. When I finally do get some free time I happily spend it working as a part time ski patroller and a “homie” at Baldface cat skiing lodge. As much as I have been enjoying the winter I am anxiously awaiting for the snow and Ice to start melting so the rivers can start flowing once again. My spring plans include doing some paddling in both Alberta and B.C. until its time to go up North for another amazing season.