Grant Statham

Ambassador

Hometown

Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Hometown

Canmore, Alberta, Canada

Ambassador

GUIDE

Grant started out in the ‘80s as a climber and ski patroller, soon becoming a mountain guide and pursuing his dream to climb and ski all over the world. He cut his teeth through the ‘90s climbing and guiding rock, ice and alpine routes, expedition climbing, teaching avalanche courses, pioneering heli ski runs and doing contract avalanche control projects. In 2003, following a major avalanche tragedy, Grant was hired by Parks Canada to design and implement broad changes to Canada’s public avalanche safety systems. Grant’s subsequent study of risk changed an industry and produced systems and methods that have been implem ented around the world. Today Grant works as a mountain rescue specialist and avalanche forecaster for Parks Canada, runs annual ski trips to Japan and regularly consults on alpine risk projects worldwide. He’s been with Arcteryx since 1997.

Achievements

  • First ascent of Astrofloyd, East Face McArthur Peak, Saint Elias Range, Yukon
  • IFMGA Mountain Guide at age 24
  • First ascent of North Face of Pinnacle Peak, Saint Elias Range, Yukon
  • First ascent of Polar Thievery, Mt. Asgard, Baffin Island
  • First ascent of Solitary Confinement, Bugaboos
  • Guided ascents in the Himalayas, Alps, New Zealand, Yukon, Baffin Island
  • Author of the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale and Conceptual Model of Avalanche Hazard
  • 2014 Avalanche Canada award for “Exceptional contributions to avalanche safety in Canada”