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Rich Meyer Bio Picture After graduating from college in 1994 Rich made the move to Tahoe City California, in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It was there that he began to immerse himself in backcountry adventure. Skiing, hiking, biking or climbing was the daily focus. As things progressed Rich was drawn into guiding and began to immerse himself with courses and organizations like the AMGA, NOLS, WMI, AIARE, PSIA, and others. One of Rich’s first guiding opportunities was leading a 39 day trip to Alaska for a dozen 16 year old kids, that included sea kayaking, backpacking, ice climbing, and rafting. He was hooked. Guiding has taken Rich to places like: Mt. Shasta, Mt. Rainier, Denali, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Antarctica, Canada, Alaska, France, Switzerland, and throughout the western United States.

Guiding on skis or on foot, Rich strives to make every day educational. Teaching is a large component of every trip. Rich teaches avalanche courses, glacier seminars, backcountry ski skills, climbing courses, and trains aspiring new guides. From the Haute Route in Europe to the Andes of South America, Rich has made an effort to enhance his clients experience with effective communication. Giving folks the information and skills not only to follow, but to become confident backcountry skiers and climbers. After extensive travel and training over the years, Rich has been able to educate hundreds of guests as to the importance of taking care of our natural world. Along with safety (and fun), traveling with respect for the mountains is always a priority. Join Rich on an incredible mountain adventure!

Education & Training
  • AIARE: Level I & II Instructor Refresher Course, 2012
  • AIARE: Instructor Refresher Course, 2011
  • Dave Miller, IFMGA. alpine guide training, Yosemite CA. 2011
  • Don Sharaf, American Avalanche Institute, apprentice work, UT. 2010
  • International Snow Science Workshop, Squaw Valley, CA. 2010
  • American Avalanche Association: Professional Member 2010
  • Howie Schwartz, IFMGA. alpine guide training/apprentice work 2009
  • AIARE: Instructor Refresher Course, 2009
  • NOLS: leave no trace certified “trainer” 2007
  • AIARE: Level I Instructor Refresher course 2006
  • International Snow Science Workshop, Telluride CO. 2006
  • AIARE: Level I & II instructor training courses, 2005
  • American Avalanche Association: Associate member 2005
  • Howie Schwartz, IFMGA. ski guide training/apprentice work 2005
  • AMGA: Ski Mountaineering Guides Course, 2004
  • NASTC: Certified Level I ski instructor PSIA, 2004
  • AIARE Avalanche III Certified, 2004
  • Shasta Mountain Guides: AIARE Avalanche II 2004
  • AMGA/Bardini Foundation: Ski Guides Course, 2003
  • Alpine Skills International: AIARE Avalanche II 2000
  • American Avalanche Association: Avalanche I 1998
  • Alpine Skills International: Ski Mountaineering Guides Course, 1997
  • WMI/NOLS: WFR, Full course in 1994 & 2001, re-certified in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, & 2013
  • Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue: volunteer 1996-2001
  • NOLS: fall semester in the Rockies 1995
  • Lake Forest College: Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1994
  • The Berkshire School: 1990
  • Key:
  • NOLS-National Outdoor Leadership School
  • PSIA-Professional Ski Instructors of America
  • WMI- Wilderness Medicine Institute
  • WFR- Wilderness First Responder
  • AMGA- American Mountain Guides Association
  • AIARE- American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education
  • NASTC- North American Ski Training Center
  • SMG- Shasta Mountain Guides
  • IFMGA- International Federation of Mountain Guides Association
Community Service

Rich has been involved with the Breast Cancer Fund since 2003. The BCF is the only national non-profit organization whose sole focus is to identify – and advocate for elimination of – environmental and other preventable causes of the disease. It has been a privilege to work as a guide on their annual fundraiser “Climb Against the Odds” on Mt. Shasta. Donating time and money to their cause is a small way Rich tries to assist the BCF in their mission.

Rich and Clif Bar have partnered up since 2007 to offer free avalanche awareness workshops for Bay Area skiers & climbers. This annual presentation also functions as a fundraiser for the Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center. Over the years we have raised hundreds of dollars for the Avalanche Center, and hopefully raised the awareness of many backcountry skiers out there.

Along with a handful of outdoor industry companies and guide services, Rich has organized and volunteered his guide skills to help educate shop employees and industry professionals. These annual workshops are intended to provide an affordable place for skiers to get avalanche education and backcountry ski skills at an affordable price. Learn more HERE

The Winter Wildlands Alliance is a national nonprofit organization promoting and preserving winter wildlands and a quality human-powered experience on public lands. Their aim is to ensure a safe, quiet, and tranquil experience for winter adventurers. I have partnered with WWA because I believe in the wilderness experience, and support their goals. Each season I donate time and money to the cause. Please join me in supporting the WWA. Learn more here:Learn more HERE

Countdown

339 days since The 2016 The Ortler! Hut to hut ski touring in the Alps .

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