Peter presently lives in Tete Jaune BC but had spent most of the last 45 years living in Jasper and working as a Mountain Guide. In the early 1970s, he arrived from the east with a passion for mountains. After climbing and exploring the area for over a decade, he decided to start his guiding career in 1980 by doing the Parks Ski Guide exam under Willi Pfisterer. This launched a life of guiding and working in the mountains that continues to this day.
Peter worked as the Avalanche Forecaster at Marmot Basin for twenty-two years, as a Heli-Ski Guide for several years in Valemount, and now in the winters as a contractor Avalanche Technician for CN Rail.
He had spent the last few decades training the Canadian Military SAR Techs. He also teaches ACMG certification courses in the Hiking Guide stream for the ACMG Training and Assessment Program. In addition, Peter continues to work in ACC climbing camps, and guides personal clients and friends from across North America.
Peter has been a proud member of the Alpine Club of Canada since 1977. He continues to work with the local Jasper-Hinton section, which he helped start in the early 1990s. He was the local president/chair for almost twenty years. The General Mountaineering Camps were a part of his summers for 25 years, starting with his first camp in 1988 under the mentorship of Don Vockroth. In the past, Peter worked on the ACC North Face Winter Leadership Program for ten years. The Mountain Heritage program at Jasper Park Lodge led to his involvement with the ACC Mt. Alberta Project in 2000. Currently, he works with the ACC Safety and Leadership Committee, and continues to work as Trip Coordinator for the Jasper-Hinton section. Peter was the Patron of the 2017 Mountain Guide’s Ball.
Peter’s interest in remote alpine traverses has led to many guided trips throughout the Rockies and Interior ranges with a preference for visiting the less-travelled areas and offering this experience to his clients. Memorable trips include several first ascents in the Jasper area and the Interior ranges.
In addition to his climbing skills, he is thankful for his seven years on the ACMG Board of Director as the Rockies Representative. These experiences provided him with the opportunity to hone the important skills of mopping floors and doing cleanup after social events, and working with the amazing people in the ACMG.
Peter has enjoyed many decades in the mountains as a guide, leader, instructor, examiner and mentor. Through his private guiding and work with the Alpine Club, Thompson Rivers University, and the ACMG, he is fortunate to continue following his passion for the mountains. He holds dear all the people he has encountered along the way who have shared the experiences, the views from the top, and the jokes told along the way.