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What do guides do in the winter?

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Ted Pinson · · Chicago, IL · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 210

Or summer, depending on the climate?  Although there are some rare places that allow year round climbing, there are many that do not, so I’m wondering how guides who live in seasonal areas and work full time as guides put food on the table during the off-season.  What do you do?

GDavis Davis · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2008 · Points: 10

I live in So Cal, so lots of fun stuff. 

Odds are if a guide lives somewhere with a strong winter they enjoy winter sports, skiing ice etc. Many migrate to the Southwest.

Also most guides don't actually put food on the table guiding so there's that

coppolillo · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2009 · Points: 70

Yo Ted---avalanche courses, ice climbing, ski-touring, etc....if you work in those disciplines and have access....lot of guides work canada, for example, there are loads of ski guides who spend summers doing forestry, water stuff, whatever....Canada, like the US, offers single-discipline certifications, so a guide can specialize in whatever s/he likes.......if you pursue certification in all three disciplines (ski, rock, alpine), then you can figure out the work thing. guides in Seattle, Bishop, Boulder, Denver, North Conway, New Paltz.......all guide year-round....and believe it or not, they put food on the table! 

Peter Howes · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2014 · Points: 80

Dont own a table.

Surf, ski, and climb.

S2k 4life · · Baltimore · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 121

Go to j tree

Carey De Luca · · Yucca Valley, Ca · Joined Jul 2007 · Points: 10

Marry teachers.

J W · · Las Vegas, NV · Joined Feb 2004 · Points: 1,535

Most of the guides here leave the area and guide elsewhere for the summer, usually the PNW. 

Bill Kirby · · Baltimore Maryland · Joined Jul 2012 · Points: 480

Guide ice, sking and mountaineering 

fallingmonkey · · The West · Joined Oct 2012 · Points: 30


KeithS · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2010 · Points: 565

Guide Ice in the winter...cut trees and move rocks the rest of the time

S2k 4life · · Baltimore · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 121

Gym climb?

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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