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THE STEEP LIST
I have long admired adventure guides.
Even as a kid growing up the son of a seasonal ranger at Mt. Rainier National Park in Washington, I was enamored with the guides. These heroes generally guided with Rainier Mountaineering Inc. (Now RMI)
I was never going to be a great climber. But then I found whitewater rafting and learned to guide. The experience had a profound effect. It changed me as a leader and as a person.
There are great, insightful adventure guides in many disciplines, and I've climbed, rafted, and fished with a number of them.
"The Steep List"
These are the guides and adventure leaders I most admire. Admittedly, there's nothing scientific about it. These are people I know, have connected with, or admired from afar - and hope to connect with one day.
Here are some qualifications I've considered for "The Steepest":
A standout in the field of adventure leadership
A "requested" guide who's earned the affinity and support of clients
Held in high esteem by other guides
Demonstrated success as a guide in a chosen field or multiple disciplines
Is known for the ability to effectively guide; it's about the people
Has prolific guiding experience on multiple adventures
Has pioneered ideas and innovated in the world of adventure guiding
Has written, broadcast, or shared media in the adventure vertical
An up-and-comer in the guiding world
A "crossover" guide; someone who's been successful in adventure and business or non-guide life
An adventure client with deep and unique perspectives and observations about the guiding world
Nominated Steep Leaders
Do you know a world-class guide who inspires you? I'd like to interview them and help to promote their business! Please drop me a line and put me in touch. I'm looking for podcast guests and leaders with great stories.
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