Meet American Alpine Institute Guide Erin Smart

Editor —  February 27, 2013 — Leave a comment
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Erin Smart hanging out.

Erin will be working the 10th Anniversary Red Rock Rendezvous, representing The Alpine Institute

Erin Smart began climbing with her father around age 12, and she’s been doing it ever since. For the past four years she has been guiding and teaching full time—ski trips and avalanche courses in the winter and alpine and rock climbing trips and courses in the summer. She is also pursuing a full AMGA/IFMGA Certification. To date she is SPI certified and has taken the Ski Mountaineering Guide Course and Aspirant Exam and the Rock Instructor Course. This spring she will be taking an Alpine Guide Course, and, of course, teaching at the Red Rock Rendezvous for her first time. Says Erin, “I’m very excited to return to one of my favorite places to rock climb!”

Mountain Gear: What is your favorite thing about Red Rock?
Erin Smart: All the varied rock features and colors.  I often feel like I am climbing inside a Dr. Seuss book when I am there.  Also the sun; after a winter in the NW, I am looking forward to the sun!

MG: What is your favorite thing about guiding?
ES: I feel very fortunate to have grown up in the mountains, and to have them play such an important role in my life. Being able to share that with people is a special thing.  Watching someone light up with excitement on their first rock climb, or even their 30th after guiding them through it is incredibly rewarding.

MG: What are you looking forward to at the Rendezvous?
ES: While I have spent many weeks personal climbing at Red Rocks, this will be my first trip going there to work. I can’t wait to make my first Red Rock Rendezvous memories this year.

Story by Jackie Hueftle

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