The Alpine Club of Canada

Summit Series 21 • Helen Sovdat: Guide, Mentor, Friend


By Zac Robinson
Published by The Alpine Club of Canada
Softcover, 8.5 x 11
32 pages, colour photos

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Helen Sovdat is one of Canada’s finest mountain guides. Her accomplishments as a climber and skier are stunning. She has pioneered long traverses along the crest of the Coast Mountains. She has stood on nearly all of the peaks in the Canadian Rockies that exceed 11,000 feet (3,353m). She has climbed in the high ranges of Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru. In Asia, she has scaled some of the world’s highest mountains: Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu, and Manaslu. Many of these adventures were with members of her loyal legion of clients.

In 1996, Helen became the third woman in North America to earn full certification through the ACMG/IFMGA as a mountain guide. She was a leader in a group that broke the mould of North American guiding as an all-male profession. Now, she’s giving back as an ACMG examiner herself • and continues to plot new adventures, and to share her excitement for the unknown. An inspiration to a whole generation of guides and leaders, Helen’s outstanding career achievements are muted only by her own humility and altruism.