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Grant Statham

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Grant Statham is an accomplished alpinist, leading international avalanche expert, and an experienced ACMG mountain guide based in Canmore, Alberta. For over 25 years, Grant has climbed and skied through the biggest mountains in the world with many pioneering first ascents to his credit.

In the 2002/2003 winter season, tragedy struck and 7 Calgary-area students were killed while backcountry skiing in Glacier National Park. As a result of this tragic incident, Grant began his work with Parks Canada as a Public Avalanche Risk Specialist and has been a catalyst for remarkable advances in public avalanche awareness, education and safety in Canada.

Since then, Grant's groundbreaking work now forms many of the systems used in avalanche safety around the world today, and in 2005, he was the recipient of the prestigious Government of Canada's Public Service Award of Excellence for his leading-edge avalanche safety initiatives.

Grant's alpine climbing resume includes The Wild Thing on Mt. Chephren in the Canadian Rockies, SW Pillar of Bhagirathi 3 in the Garhwal Himalayas, All Along the Watchtower on North Howser Tower in the Bugaboos, and the first ascent of Polar Thievery on Mt. Asgard in Baffin Island. In over 20 years of helicopter and backcountry skiing, Grant has pioneered dozens of first descents on mountain trips in Canada, Alaska and Europe.

Grant began working with Arcteryx in 1997 with a close involvement in the initial designs of the groundbreaking, and now classic Alpha SV waterproof shell.

With his interesting adventures and knowledge, Grant brings a unique perspective on risk that blends real risk in the mountains to the risks we take in our day-to-day lives. Grant speaks regularly to groups about a variety of topics including risk, challenge, and leadership and weaves stunning images into his many stories from a lifetime spent in high places.

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