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Postby ExcitableBoy » Tue Oct 06, 2009 2:37 pm

OJ Loenneker wrote:
xDoogiex wrote:Damn tattoo restrictions!

What's that all about?

RMI demands that their guides fit a certain 'All American' mold.
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Postby Brad Marshall » Tue Oct 06, 2009 4:48 pm

ExcitibleBoy wrote:
sevenvii wrote:Whats average wage for someone starting out in the guiding life? What can one hope to make after becoming an "elite" guide?

RMI pays between $125/day and $250/day DOE. I have heard of some extremely talented guides charging clients up to $600/day. I have a friend who supported a family of 4 by being a guide and writer.

I know in 2005 on Denali some of the senior guides were making $250 per day, others not so much. My friend guides up here in Canada, in Africa and Nepal and charges $350 per day for local stuff and can make a living at it but there are down sides. The work isn't steady, it takes a while to get to a moderate income level and he's never home. In fact he considers his house to be an expensive warehouse since there are times when he's only there 3 days out of the month.

As for charging more than that per day guides can ask whatever they want but they might not have many clients.
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Postby drpw » Sun Nov 22, 2009 11:50 pm

2_climbaxes wrote:
ExcitibleBoy wrote:RMI pays between $125/day...

=125/24= $5.21/hr +tips

When you're young and don't have much to worry about, $5.21 an hour to be climbing mountains isn't bad at all.
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Postby stormflap » Tue Dec 15, 2009 9:06 am


http://www.nols.edu/courses/find/educat ... ator.shtml

http://www.nols.edu/courses/find/byskil ... cine.shtml

the national outdoor leadership school has very in depth courses for a serious person who wants to be a guide. they have very good books as well
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