Chris’ love for the mountains, and more specifically the David Thompson Corridor, has
shaped the path his life has taken.
Stumbling upon the corridor in 2010, Chris began exploring every
valley and peak immediately and still finds himself staring out the window
while driving, dreaming up new adventures each time he turns onto that magical
chance encounter with rock climbing in middle of nowhere Nova Scotia has led
him on journey to becoming a Mountain Guide.
While rock climbing is what started this path Chris pursues all forms of
mountain travel whether it be on snow, ice, rock or dirt. Chris finds passion on big alpine
routes, slivers of frozen blue ice that
flow through natural features on the rock, and even the smallest roadside crag!
Chris has climbed on the sharp granite
boulders near Halifax, Nova Scotia right across Canada to the soaring granite slabs of
the “Chief” in Squamish, British Columbia.
Chris has also made several trips throughout the USA always ending up in
Red Rocks state park in Nevada, which he finds to be the most inspirational
place to climb. More recently climbing
has taken Chris to Cuba to climb in the beautiful Vinales Valley. But after every trip Chris begins to shake
with anticipation when he turns onto the David Thompson Corridor and can start
pointing out the peaks that have become old friends to him.
Chris finds climbing for himself a deep and crucial experience, he has begun to
explore what he can offer to others through his passion. In the summers Chris teaches youth and adults
alike the basics of climbing and has been honored to work with a group from the
Canadian Paraplegic Society, which was a deeply humbling experience. This past winter Chris has been working with
young adult males in an addictions treatment center which uses wilderness therapy as
its foundation for treatment. This
experience has sparked a new passion in Chris using climbing as therapy. Perhaps the most challenging and rewarding
day Chris has spent in the mountains however, was getting his dad to the top of
looks forward to joining the ELS crew and exploring new ways to use his passion
to work with others.