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irteenth in the SUMMIT SERIES Biographies of people who have made a difference in Canadian Mountaineering For further information regarding the Summit Series of mountaineering biographies, please contact the National Office of the Alpine Club of Canada. www.alpineclubofcanada.ca As a second-generation Swiss Mountain Guide, some might say Rudi Gertsch's destiny was written in stone and snow—and alpine farmland. Pushing his skiing skills, he competed on the Swiss junior team. Working hard as a porter leading clients in the Swiss Alps, Rudi earned his Mountain Guide certificate at 22. Venturing to the mountains of western Canada, he worked for Hans Gmoser's burgeoning CMH heli-skiing business for eight years before launching his own company, Purcell Heli-Skiing in 1974. e first member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides to hold international UIAGM certification, as ACMG technical director for 10 years he encouraged Canadian guides to set the international standard for winter guiding skills. A founding member of Heli-Cat Canada, he helped ensure BC's mechanized backcountry skiing industry was built on a solid foundation. Remaining true to his roots, Rudi raised prize-winning Simmental bulls on his farm amidst the BC Rockies. Guiding climbers and skiers, passing his knowledge to the next generation of guides, working to foster harmony between backcountry user groups and contributing to the cultures of guiding and farming in western Canada, Rudi Gertsch has earned his place well as the 22nd patron of the Mountain Guides Ball. Mountain of Dreams Rudi Gertsch: Dreams come true amidst Canada's peaks

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