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Kirsten Knechtel

Guide at a Glance

  • Locations

    Golden, British Columbia, Canada

  • Activities

    Adventure, Climbing

  • Guiding Experience

    17 years

  • Languages

    English

Guide Bio

Kirsten is a professional mountain guide based out of Golden, British Columbia who is a ACMG/ IFMGA certified guide. She was the fourth ever female in Canada to become certified by these organizations and prides herself on being a leader in the female mountain guide world. She has worked for various different lodges and guiding companies and is one of the most experienced guides in the area.

Kirsten was raised in Banff, AB where her passion for the mountains and mountain adventure began. Kirsten’s family were outdoor enthusiasts and by the age of 6 she began ski racing, age 10 ski touring, and by age 14 she had climbed many classic alpine routes in the Canadian Rockies. Her career as a guide was a natural step. By age 25 she was a fully certified mountain guide.

Kirsten has a variety of guiding experience behind her. She has worked as a manager of a catskiing operation and guided many heliskiing, catskiing and private ski touring trips. In the summer she has worked with the British military training, run her own private guiding business and spent well over 10 years working at the Alpine Club’s General Mountaineering Camp, Marmot Women’s camps and other ACC programs.

“I really enjoy sharing my love of these wild mountain places and through teamwork and adventure giving people an amazing and unforgettable trip.”

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