The Team

OUR GUIDES & PARTNERS

HELEN SOVDAT – GUIDE

Helen Sovdat is an ACMG and IFMGA Mountain Guide and has been actively guiding for over 30 years. She is passionate about the mountains. Over many miles in the outdoors she has come to share some incredible journeys with her groups and made some amazing friends. She believes the lessons we learn in nature can enhance our lives.

Helen is a long-time guide with the Alpine Club of Canada, Canadian Mountain Holidays and is an instructor with the ACMG certification program. She has led a variety of expeditions in Canada and abroad, with travels to the St Elias, Andes, Himalaya, and Altai mountains. She enjoys the challenges of working in a wilderness setting with diverse groups of people. The energy and dedication of the mountain community motivates her to stay active.

An explorer at heart, Helen loves to ski and climb near her home in Canmore, Alberta. There is always something new to discover in the mountains. She has a diverse history of adventures, including long trips to the remote icefields of the Coast Mountains, Columbia Ranges and Rockies. Through her travels she has gained a greater respect for our wild places and is committed to protecting them.

SHANNON BUCKLES – GUIDE

Shannon has been hiking and adventuring in the Canadian Rockies and abroad for over 25 years. She grew up in Calgary and was exposed to camping and skiing as an energetic youth and later pursued hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing, mountaineering, back-country skiing and kayaking.

With her Geography degree and passion for all things wild, Shannon has spent her professional life working in environmental education, emergency response and outdoor pursuits. She has worked with Parks Canada, Alberta Parks, the Knight Inlet Lodge, The Alpine Club of Canada and the City of Calgary. She has spent most of her time working and playing outdoors in Canmore, Banff and on the west coast of British Columbia.

Her outdoor passions have taken her around the world to SE Asia, Australia, Europe, South and Central America, Mexico and countless road trips to the US. Shannon loves to plan and organize backpacking and alpine hut excursions and can easily persuade friends and family members to join her adventures.

As a hiking guide, Shannon enjoys sharing her knowledge and passions for flora and fauna, cultural and natural history as well as photographing wildlife and mountain vistas, adventuring safely and simply having fun!

Certifications:

·       Apprentice Hiking Guide – Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG)

·       Apprentice Interpreter – Interpretive Guides Association (IGA)             

·       80 Hour – Advanced Adventure Medic- Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine

·       Level 1 Cross Country Ski Instructor – Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors (CANSI) 

ANNE DREW – GUIDE

The family story has it that Anne drew had to be lured up her first backpacking trail with M&Ms. This is no longer the case.  Her greatest joy now is sharing the wonderful world of the outdoors with others. Anne drew hails from Berkeley, California.

She has lived and travelled all over the world, but has a special love for western North America and is happy to find her home in the Canadian Rockies. She speaks Spanish and German as well as English, and is now working on Portuguese. Since the M&M days, her personal pursuits have grown to include rock, ice, and alpine climbing and she loves the wide, open spaces of the world above tree-line. 

Certifications:

·       Apprentice Hiking Guide – Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG)

·       Apprentice Interpreter – Interpretive Guides Association (IGA)             

·       80 Hour – Advanced Adventure Medic

PARTNERS

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Partner A

Partner B

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