Alagne, Italy-based guide Armin Fisher descending into the unknown in the Alaska Range. Our most useful tool on this trip was knowing, at any time, we could put skins back on to escape from dead-end descents.
Armin is a career IFMGA Mountain Guide in his mid 50’s. For vacation, Armin sport climbs on the Mediterranean—that’s a highly evolved mountain guide! Armin was perhaps the most impressive guide I’ve worked with. Armin was the second career guide in his mid 50’s that I worked with this spring. Here’s what I noticed:
1) They give almost no instruction. They guide’s silently. If they do give instruction, it’s important.
2) They have nothing to prove. They’re there for the clients. The clients are long-standing friends and are treated as such.
3) Almost all of their clients are return clients.
4) They can go anywhere in the world and figure it out.
5) They find the right person in the region; the fixer. They trust the fixer and don’t micromanage the fixer.