Main Range Backcountry Guides
Adam West - Owner, Avalanche Instructor & Guide
Adam is one of the owners of MRBC.
Snowboarding since first ski trip to Italy in 1999.
He started the MRBC guiding company with Dave Herring in 2011.
Has travelled the world to many alpine areas including Japan, Canada, France, Kashmir, Israel, Scotland, Italy, Austria, Andorra and New Zealand.
Specialty : Splitboard touring, Avalanche Instructor.
Favourite Australian zone : Carruthers Peak NSW, Razorback VIC.
Favourite international destination : Japan
Bucket list destinations : www.cloudride1000.com, Kamchatka, Chile and the Arctic Circle.
A member of Avalanche Canada, CAA , Austraian Alpine Club and IATG and proud Supporter of POW and FOE.
DAVE HERRING - OWNER, AVALANCHE INSTRUCTOR & GUIDE
Dave's first job while still at school was taking people on horseback tours through the Snowy Mountains. His relationship with the Australian high country has continued ever since and he still loves touring through the Kosciuszko National Park in both summer and winter. After years of travel and skiing in many parts of the world and 10 years ski patrolling at Perisher, starting MRBC with Adam West was a natural progression.
Dave has driven a Kombi through Africa, sailed across the Atlantic and travelled from Alaska to Chile overland and by sea - adventure is in his DNA.
ASPA - Advanced Emergency Care Certification
CAA Avalanche Operations Level 1
Avalanche Safety AST1 and AST2 - Avalanche Canada
Specialty: AT Touring/camping/avalanche safety.
Favourite Aust Zone: The Sentinel
Pieta Herring - guide
Growing up in Canberra and skiing from a young age, my family were early members of Canberra Alpine Club. As a teenager I ski raced and then expanded my ski horizons to multiple seasons and many different mountains in the US and Canada. Over the last decade I have ventured further and more frequently into the backcountry, both in Australia and overseas. ‘Once you get a taste of the backcountry, the beauty, the peace, and your every run cutting fresh tracks, well you’re hooked’.
Avalanche Canada AST1 and AST2 Avalanche Safety Training
Advanced First Aid
Luke Szczepanik - Guide & AST1 INSTRUCTOR
CAA Avalanche Operations Level 1
Favourite snowboarding destination: Hakuba, Japan
Things to do list: Go boarding in Svalbard and Alaska.
I have been lucky to snowboard in Canada, Europe (Austria and Switzerland), Japan and Australia. Assisting at teaching AST courses, meeting and gathering experience that makes me appreciate the beauty of mountains and winter touring.
Tracey Creedon - GUIDE
Tracey has been chasing winters since 1995, becoming an instant addict for all things snow. In her 20 year career in the snow industry she has worked as a snowboard instructor, patroller and mountain guide in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA and Japan.
Mountain Guide - SMGuides Niseko Japan 2009 - Current
ASPA - Advanced Emergency Care Certification 2012
Avalanche Safety Stage 1 - Polytech Wanaka NZ 2010
Snowboard Instructor - Perisher Australia, Cardrona New Zealand, Copper Mtn Colorado, Niseko Ski Japan, Niseko SMGuides. 1999 - Current
DWA Disabled Winter Association - Guide
Recreational Avalanche Course Canada 1997
Specialty : Splitboard touring
Bucket list destinations: Europe, Chile, Kamchatka, Norway
Tracey's favourite riding is powder in the trees and she is known as 'Tight Tree Tracey' among her friends. She loves the fitness and exploration of touring in the back country.
JENNIE MILTON - GUIDE
Jennie Milton has been skiing since the age of 3. Australia's youngest ski instructor at the age of 14 in Thredbo. Jen grew up working at her parents ski shop in Canberra dreaming of big mountains. As a top ski photographer she has skied all over world including USA, Canada, Japan, Europe and New Zealand. Since 2001 she has been doing seasons every year in Alaska. With no resorts or chairlifts in sight Jen learnt many other ways to get to the top of the mountains. Trained by Alaskan heli-guides at the top of their field, Jen has 14 years of backcountry snow safety and ski touring knowledge in avalanche terrain to share. But her favourite way to get around the mountains is to use the wind and a kite. Snow kiting is easy to learn and Jen has been teaching on snow and water for over 10 years. Wind, sun or storm, Jen knows how to have fun in the backcountry.
DAVE BAIN - MRBC AMBASSADOR
Dave began skiing the Kosciuszko backcountry as a little tacker on his father's back, where the mountains made a lasting impression. A love of surfing naturally guided a progression from fish scale skis, leather boots, free heels and woollen knickerbockers to a snowboard, and then ultimately the freedom of a splitboard. Dave continues to regularly tour the Australian backcountry, with a love of its unique environment. The many and varied lines of the western faces of NSW continue to draw him back again and again, chalking up one of the few snowboard descents of the southern chutes of Watsons Crags in 2012.
ANTONY VON CHRISMAR - MRBC AMBASSADOR
Antony was strapped in to skis at the tender age of 4, he became a milo kid missile, and eventually traded the two planks for a snowboard in his teens. In the search for steeper terrain and solitude, Antony transitioned to a splitboard and can often be found hunting for pow in the western faces of the main range. An ecologist by profession, Antony is passionate about promoting awareness of the fragile alpine ecosystem and created the #MountainCritterCause - a project that seeks to inform and raise funds for threatened alpine species. See https://shoutforgood.com/events/a-mountain-pygmy-possum---mountain-critter-cause-
JAMES BULTITUDE - GUIDE
James is an experienced Splitboard Mountaineer and Alpine Climber. He grew up in Sydney, and cut his teeth alpine climbing in New Zealand across Mount Aspiring NP and Mount Cook NP and winter Ice Climbing in The Remarkables and the Darran Mountains of Fjordland. James has put up new Ice and Mixed routes in Kosciuszko National Park, Mount Bogong in Victoria, and Mount Cook national park in New Zealand.
James has completed climbing routes in a variety of styles, for simple snow slogs to technical mixed (ice and rock) climbing to overnight big walls. James has climbed rock routes all over Mainland Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand and the US. From Yosemite to Arapiles to the Sydney Sea Cliffs. His favourite thing is to climb mountains in order to snowboard back down them.
In late 2015, James moved to Boulder, Colorado full time so he could pursue year round turns on 14,000 feet peaks and test himself on the steep often complex skiing terrain of the Rocky Mountain National Park.
He will be back in Australia for September, passing on the skills he has built over the last 6 years of climbing and riding.
MIKE EDMONDSON - GUIDE
Mike is a professional alpine photographer.
From 1981 to 2005 Mike owned and managed the Paddy Pallin Outdoor Adventure shop in Jindabyne.
Mike is an accredited Cross Country Ski Instructor and has coached many aspiring cross country skiers. He has skied and photographed in Austria, Italy, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Japan, Canada, Alaska and New Zealand, and has competed in long distance international cross country ski races and national teams.
Specialties: Photography tours, alpine touring, cross country skiing, telemarking, snow shoeing and snow camping.
Favourite Australian zone: Kosciuszko Main Range and amongst the snow gums
Favourite international destination: Alaska
Bucket list destinations: Iceland
Mike has won many photographic awards. Most recently, in 2013 his photo "Mt Geryon" was selected from over 250 entries as a contender for the 2014 IceInSpace Astronomy Calendar. Mike is a member of APSI.