LEAD GUIDE (KYRGYZSTAN)
FROM: BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Born and raised on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Jessica grew up with a passion for wild places. Her pursuit of mountain adventure brought her to Durango, Colorado, where she attended Fort Lewis College, raced mountain bikes and explored the steep and deep slopes of the San Juan Mountains. It was here that she recognized an opportunity to turn her love for ski touring and mountain climbing into a professional career. Almost 10 years later, now based in Golden, British Columbia, Jessica is a fully certified Ski Guide with the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, a Professional Member of the Canadian Avalanche Association and Level 2 Ski Instructor with the Canadian Ski Instructors Association. She is trained in both Wilderness and Occupational First Aid. During the winter months, you’ll find her heli-skiing, ski-tour guiding and teaching avalanche rescue and glacier travel skills in the big mountains of Canada. In the spring, she focuses her energy on ski mountaineering objectives, such as Mount Logan (the highest mountain in Canada). She’s also spent some time in Chile and Argentina skiing around Monte Tronador and Monte San Lorenzo. In the summer months, while she’s not on skis, Jessica works as a contracted remote communication tower site specialist and rope access technician for the Canadian Coast Guard. She has also worked for many years as a tree climber and arborist, so she does occasionally pick up a chainsaw for old times sake. If she’s not working, you’ll find her riding fast and loose on her mountain bike or climbing mountains. Jessica loves to dig deep, work hard and, most importantly, have fun. Her seemingly endless energy, depth of experience and knowledge and enthusiasm for skiing combine to make her an awesome guide! For 2020, Jessica will lead WKS4-6 of our Kyrgyzstan season.