3 Things I Learned as a Mountain Guide

By Lindsay Mann for Teton Gravity Research

The mountain guide stereotype is a six-foot tall lanky male who lives out of his truck, always has a coffee travel mug in hand, and every piece of clothing he owns has duct tape or a patch on it. He has shaggy hair and is easy going.

This is not me.

I am five foot four and 120 pounds. I pay rent and seem to lose all of my coffee travel mugs. When I meet my clients for the first time during orientation they often assume that I am one of the office staff members, rather than their climbing guide.

Check out the behind-the-scenes advice from an 8-year veteran mountain guide.