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The Team

Altus guides are a crew of motivated mountain professionals who are dedicated to their craft both on and off the clock.  Each guide is certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides or is an IFMGA full guide.  By choosing a trip with any one of our experienced staff, you are ensured a safe, fun program that suits your objectives.

 

Ross Berg

Ross Berg - Mountain GuideBorn in Red Deer, Alberta, Ross discovered the mountains as a teenager visiting western Canada’s best winter destinations as a sponsored snowboarder. At the age of 16, he was introduced to rock climbing through a local Whistler guide. This experience completely captivated him and opened his eyes to the huge potential the mountains presented. In the following years he completed his certification as an international mountain guide. “I feel privileged to be able to work as a mountain guide, and look forward to sharing the thrill of the mountains with my guests.”  Ross has guided, climbed and skied in the European Alps for the last several seasons.  When he’s at home he can be found working as a heli ski guide in winters and climbing alpine rock routes in summer.

Certification:

IFMGA / ACMG Mountain Guide
Avalanche Canada Professional Member
Advanced Wilderness First Aid (80h)
Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance Level 1
Sprat 2

Crosby Johnston

Crosby JohnstonCrosby Johnston began working as a professional ski and rock guide at the age of 20, and has actively pursued this career for more than a decade. He has made several first ascents in climbing the Bugaboos, and heli-guided in the Cariboo and Monashees, racking up millions of vertical meters. Crosby’s knowledge and love of the mountains means that guests always have an enjoyable experience. Regardless of what mountain adventure you choose with Altus Mountain Guides, Crosby’s diverse skill set enables him to cover all of the details, ensuring that you have a safe, well-organized, and fun trip that exceeds your expectations, whether it is in the Alpine on skis or the rock.

Certification:

IFMGA / ACMG Mountain Guide
Canadian Ski Guide Association Level 3
Avalanche Canada Professional Member
Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance Level 3
Outdoor Emergency Care Technician

Paul McSorley

For the last fifteen years Paul’s passion for climbing has taken him to five continents and over 25 countries for work and play. With over a decade of guiding professionally Paul is in his element instructing in his home range or on a remote mountain peak.  He has a penchant for establishing new routes and has made more than a hundred first ascents including two previously unclimbed Patagonian summits and “The Canadian Route” on Fitzroy’s South face.  It’s the interaction with people that Paul loves most about the mountain lifestyle, he speaks English, French and Spanish and values his friends more than any climb he’s ever done.

Certification:

ACMG Aspirant Alpine Guide
Canadian Avalanche Industrial Level 1
Advanced Avalanche First Aid (80h)

 

Kinley Aitken

Growing up on Vancouver’s North Shore, Kinley has been working in the mountains for 13 years. Although her climbing adventures have included the west coast to the deep south of North America, France, Italy, Greece, Spain and  Australia, Kinley can’t think of a better way to spend a summers day than cruising up clean splitter cracks above the ocean in Squamish or among massive granite towers in the Bugaboos. Having worked as a massage therapist, professional rigger, stunt woman, rope access technician, raft guide and outdoor educator (phew),  Kinley’s breadth of experience translates into a very memorable day out. Whether it is teaching movement skills amongst the famous Grand Wall boulders or guiding 15 pitch routes up the Chief Kinley loves spending time on the rock and sharing that experience with her guests. During the winter Kinley can be found creating culinary delights with her Backcountry Catering business and skiing deep powder in the Coast Range of B.C.

Certification:

ACMG Full Rock Guide
Canadian Avalanche Industrial Level 1
Occupational First Aid Level 3
Sprat Level 2

Ben Johns

image (1)Born and raised in Canmore, Alberta, Ben has been on skis for almost his entire life. Since his introduction to ski mountaineering at the age of 10, it has been his passion. At the age of 14 Ben skied his first Wapta Traverse and had already completed his first avalanche course. Ben had decided that he wanted to be a guide long before graduating high school. He takes great pleasure sharing his love for the mountains in which he grew up. Ben has accomplished numerous technical ski descents throughout North America in the Yukon, Alaska, Nepal, Patagonia, the Chilean Andes, New Zealand, Japan and even Mexico. Ben is a certified rope access supervisor and a registered EMT with the Alberta College of Paramedics. When ben is not skiing or guiding he can also be found industrial rigging and working in the film industry.

Certification:

ACMG Ski Guide
Avalanche Canada Professional Member
ACP Registered EMT-A
Sprat 2
Occupational First Aid Level 3

Christina Lusti

Born and raised in Invemere BC, my parents instilled a strong passion for the mountains in me. Being on the Canadian Alpine Ski Team for six years, achieving top 10 World Cup results, and competing in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games were some of the highlights of my racing career.  Until the age of 24, traveling the world for ski racing was my life. I am now working as an ACMG assistant ski guide and Arc’teryx athlete during the winter months. My love for the mountains has opened up a life of opportunity and incredible experiences. Living out new adventures through skiing with great friends is something I hope to be able to do the rest of my life.  Learn more about Christina at her blog.

Certification:

ACMG Assistant Ski Guide
Canadian Avalanche Industrial Level 1
Level 1 Ski coach
Advanced Wilderness First Aid (80 hour)
OFA 1