Mountain and Glacier Guide

Mountain or Glacier Guides plan, organise and provide guided trips for individuals or groups on mountains or glaciers.

Overview

Mountain or Glacier Guides plan, organise and provide guided trips for individuals or groups on mountains or glaciers.

Day-to-day

  • meets members of a tour on arrival and makes introductions
  • organises and supervises groups involved in outdoor mountaineering and trekking adventures
  • sets up and maintains equipment, and ensures that equipment is safe and in working condition
  • demonstrates and provides instruction in the use of equipment and techniques required for participation
  • provides advice on safety measures, and ensures that activities are conducted in a manner to minimise risk to participants
  • responds to emergencies by providing first aid assistance and takes appropriate further action if required
  • answers questions and advises on local interest points within a specific region
  • may maintain written reports of daily activities and carry out other administrative work.

Considerations

  • physically demanding
  • stressful.

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To become a Mountain and Glacier Guide

  • You usually need extensive mountaineering experience to work as a Mountain or Glacier Guide. While formal qualifications aren't essential, a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course in outdoor recreation may be useful.

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