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Rob Smith
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Robert Smith

Lead Guide and Owner

I grew up in California in a family where mountain activities like skiing and climbing were the main focus of our lives. When I was a child my parents and older cousins introduced me to ski touring in the Sierras as well as hiking and climbing in Yosemite Valley. I have spent the past 12 years working as a professional Mountain Guide and Coach in various destinations around the world. I am passionate for helping others achieve their own goals in the mountains and safety is always my top priority whether I am teaching somebody how to climb or travel in the backcountry.
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Kris Irwin

Kris Irwin

Canadian Rockies Guide

I have been living in Banff National Park for over 10 years and am a fully-certified Association of Canadian Mountain Guides Alpine Guide. I also hold a Canadian Avalanche Association Level 2 and a Wilderness First Responder certification. I am an expert on all areas and conditions in the Canadian Rockies. My knowledge extends past the mountains to the local hotels, restaurants and bars.

Colin Haley

Colin Haley

Head Coach

I was fortunate to grow up in Seattle, with the Cascade Mountains always close by. I am lucky to have parents who introduced me to the mountains very early on. I have been skiing since before my earliest memories, and skiing remains a major passion for me. I started climbing, first on glaciated peaks and then on steep rock, when not yet a teenager. When I was twelve years old I realized that climbing mountains was what I really wanted to do with my life, and ever since I have been extremely focused on my alpine climbing goals. I am not ashamed to admit that I am a very obsessed, full-blown climbing nerd!
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