A Mountain Gypsy: Sheldon Kerr

Sheldon Kerr

Sheldon Kerr

Ever wonder how mountain guides string together the seasons? From ski


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guiding in Colorado during the winter to leading adventures in Norway above the artic circle in the spring to mountain guiding in Alaska during the summer months to leading clients on Kilimanjaro in the fall, Sheldon Kerr’s schedule is pretty busy.

For Sheldon, the mountains are her home. Join me this week on The Edge as I talk to this veteran mountain guide about being a woman in a male-dominated world and the joys and rewards of her gypsy lifestyle.

Sheldon Kerr

Sheldon climbing in the rime

Sheldon hails from Colorado and began her guiding career in Alaska in 2004. She has climbed, skied and guided throughout the Alaska Range, the Chugach, and the Wrangell-St. Elias every spring and summer since her first journey up North.

When a craving for shorter approaches and shiny bolts strikes, Sheldon’s favorite spots on earth are Chamonix, France; Courmayer, Italy; and Smith Rock, Oregon. She has also climbed and guided a number of high-altitude peaks including Denali, Aconcagua, and Kilimanjaro.

Winter finds her in Colorado’s San Juans ski guiding from chairlifts, skin tracks, and helicopters during the week. Weekends are reserved for ice climbing and reading the New Yorker.

She is a National Avalanche School graduate, AIARE (American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education) Level III certified, and teaches Level I and II avalanche courses. Sheldon is also an EMT. You can find out more about Sheldon at sheldonkerr.com.


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Join me on The Edge Radio this week as I talk to Sheldon about guiding, mountains and what it’s like as a woman in the very male world of mountain guiding. Live Wednesday at 8am pacific. Have a question for Sheldon? Call 1-888-346-9144 or leave a comment here and I’ll be sure to ask her. I’m looking forward to this show. It’s one you don’t want to miss.

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