- Hometown(s): Unionville ON, Plano TX, Crested Butte CO
- Education: BA Wilderness Leadership/Visual Arts Prescott College
- Interests: Specialty Coffee, Printmaking, Equipment Design
- Guiding Experience: Chamonix FR (8 seasons), Crested Butte, Colorado (8 seasons), AMGA Intructor/Examiner, Valdez AK, Lofoten NO, Hokkaido JP, Western US and Canada
Mike offered me the honor of writing his bio, and so I would like to share with you a little about this very special colleague and friend. Mike makes his home Revelstoke, British Columbia with his partner Sarah and their daughter Mira. His main role in the family is ensure quality coffee and pizza are available in abundance, and he takes that job seriously.
In a tradition reaching back over a hundred years, Mike’s guiding license represents a professional journey spanning decades and continents. Some of his formative experiences include exploratory ski mountaineering in the Alaska range, epic ski tours in the Selkirks, years guiding in the challenging snowpack of Crested Butte, Colorado, and many summers in that center of world alpinism, Chamonix, France. Mike has pursued variety and challenge not only by traveling widely in diverse mountain ranges, but also by working in different roles. Trained in experiential education at Prescott College, Mike refined his teaching skills as an adjunct instructor for Colorado Mountain College, and his success as a guide reflects his deep understanding of human learning in a mountain environment.
Helicopter ski guiding in Alaska and BC, rock climbing guiding in Red Rocks Nevada, and alpine guiding out of huts in the alps–each of these roles has helped Mike grow his unique skill set and wide perspective on climbing, skiing, risk management, and fun. Mike’s friends and guests agree that spending time with him in the mountains makes them better skiers, better climbers. But they may not tell you what I am going to tell you–that spending time with Mike in the mountains may not make you a better person. It will certainly make you a happier one.
Written by Forest McBrian
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