Erik Leidecker is an IFMGA certified mountain guide, First Ascent Ski Guide, Operations Manager for Sun Valley Heli Ski, and co-owner of Sawtooth Mountain Guides (SMG). In this Q&A with Remote Medical International (RMI), he talks about his experience and why continuous training is critical for guiding.
As we mentioned last month on the Born Out There blog, Eddie Bauer and First Ascent are sponsoring the Teva Mountain Games, the nation’s largest celebration of mountain sports, lifestyle and music, featuring top professional and amateur athletes from around the world.
It was quite a year for First Ascent ski guides Reggie and Zach Crist, Lel Tone, Tom Wayes, Erik Leidecker and Kent McBride, as they set out to design the 2010 ski collection.
If you love mountain sports and music (and we know all First Ascent fans do), then mark your calendar for the Teva Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado June 3-6, 2010.
By Erik Leidecker Throughout my heli-ski guiding career, I’ve had a few opportunities to work with film, video and still photography production teams. My responsibilities usually include snow stability evaluation, assistance in run selection and emergency back-up.
By Erik Leidecker Alaska backcountry pilot, Drake Olson, waits for a lull in the wind and then guns the throttle. His plane, a highly modified Cessna 180 equipped with skis for snow landings, lifts off. circles around and heads back towards the tiny airport in Haines, Alaska.