Four years ago I got a letter that I always hoped for – an invitation to work for Exum Mountain Guides. Ever since I was a youngster I always dreamed of being a mountain guide. I grew up in the Alps where being a mountain guide is is a very noble and respected profession in society. When I was 18 my parents offered me a day of climbing with Christophe Profit, who then, at the height of his career as a climber and a guide was a legend of the mountains and had just returned from K2.
We climbed on the Mt. Blanc du Tacul above Chamonix and the whole experience was more than I could comprehend at the time, but it planted the seed for me to follow the same path. Over two decades elapsed and then four years ago I got invited to work for the most prestigious guide service in the country, Exum. At the time I was also working for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and therefore accepted to guide part time.
This last winter I went back to my original dream, and started thinking about what it would take to commit my whole professional career to guiding others in the mountains, then this July I decided the take the step. It is a high risk job, the pay can be uncertain, and it will probably be tough to do day in and day out when I’m 50, but for now I’m living my dream. I hope you are too.
Zahan most recently took the plunge into full time guiding with Exum Mountain Guides. He has always been drawn to wild places, exploring the woods behind his childhood home, riding bikes and climbing trees. Now you can find him leading and teaching clients in Grand Teton National Park.