A few noteworthy friends, guides, writers and photographers to follow, in no particular order:

Black Sheep Adventure Sports — my good friend Monte is a guide based out of Squamish, BC and after writing for TAS for a bit, he launched his own gear review site, check it out for an engineer’s take on outdoor gear, or if you fancy more ski-related info.

Website: http://blacksheepadventuresports.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mtnmonte/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlackSheepAdventureSports/

Will Gadd — arguably one of the world’s best ice and mixed climbers, I am always grateful for his friendship and advice. Will writes a lot and shares his invaluable insights on his blog, Instagram feed and anywhere else, really, as long as you’re within earshot. He likes a good Scotch, too.

Website (blog link): http://willgadd.com/category/blog/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realwillgadd/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/will.gadd/

Sarah Hueniken — I always feel safe when climbing with Sarah: her systems are dialed and she’s one of the most considerate and careful climbers I know, and a superb guide. Sarah always seems to have a giant backpack full of layers, even if it’s supposed to be warm out!

Website: http://sarahhueniken.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/huens/

Kris Irwin aka Rockies Ice Specialists —when someone’s guiding company is all about ice climbing, you just know we’re going to get along. Fantastic guide and great friend Kris was instrumental in my early development as a mixed climber.

Website: http://rockies-ice.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rockiesalpineguide/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rockiesice/

John Price Photography —I don’t think I’ll ever figure out what it is that draws Aussies to winter but I’m pretty stoked John made the trip to the Bow Valley: and never left. It’s been pretty fantastic to watch his development as a photographer, and his pursuit of awesome climbing imagery is relentless.

Website: http://www.johnpricephotography.ca/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnpricephotography/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/johnpricephotographics/

Paul Zizka Photography — I strongly suspect Paul doesn’t actually sleep, as I’m not really sure how else to explain his penchant for night photography. He also has an incredible knowledge of the Canadian Rockies, helpful when you’re one of the most prominent landscape photographers in Banff!

Website: https://zizka.ca/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paulzizkaphoto/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paulzizkaphoto/

Nathan Smith aka Pull Photography — Nathan is the co-author and one of the main photographers of the Utah ice climbing guidebook “Beehive Ice.” He is also one of the kindest people I know, but really anyone that climbs ice in the desert is pretty rad in my book.

Website: http://www.pullphotography.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pullphoto/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nathan.Smith.Pull.Photography/

Graham Williams aka CiloGear — I’m a bit of a gear geek (in case this site didn’t give that away) but Graham’s knowledge of fabrics and pack construction methods makes my head hurt. He’s head honcho over at CiloGear, making awesomely customizable packs for climbers (and also some other ‘special’ customers from the government…)

Website: http://www.cilogear.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cilogear_official/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CiloGear/

John Campbell aka Alpine Luddites — what’s better than a pack you can customize? How about a fully custom-designed pack that’s handmade just for you? Well, that’s exactly what John Campbell over at Alpine Luddites out of Ouray, Colorado does. I love packs, so that’s pretty awesome.

Website: https://alpine-luddites.myshopify.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alpine_luddites/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alpineluddites/