A mountain guide and outdoor enthusiast, Max Darrah leads climbing expeditions in one of the most beautiful mountainous regions on the planet – the Rockies. He’s been living and working there for over a decade, and his passion has, understandably, yet to waiver.
Tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do?
My name is Max Darrah and I work in the mountains. I am a certified mountain guide and I run a small guiding business that takes people climbing and skiing. I also use this skill set working for Parks Canada as a mountain rescue specialist in the
Visitor Safety program of Jasper National Park.
Have you always lived and worked in this part of the country?
I was born in Edmonton and have lived in the Rocky Mountains for the past 15 years. During that time I have lived and worked
in a variety of mountain towns, including Banff, Revelstoke, Haines Junction, and Jasper.
What’s unique about your day to day life?
The potential for new challenges in the mountains. On any given day there is the potential for new clients that want to book a unique trip or the potential to provide assistance to climbers and visitors in difficult situations.
How does Canada inspire you?
I find the diversity in landscapes and culture of Canada inspiring. My work has taken me from the big mountains of the
St Elias range in the Yukon to the remote glaciers of the Eastern Arctic. Along the way I have had the good fortune of working with local populations that have taught me not only about the landscapes but also about what it means to be Canadian.
Why would you encourage people to visit Canada?
It is a vast, diverse, and powerfully beautiful place. There is ample opportunity to escape civilization and journey into the
wilderness; and the beer is great.
In particular, why would you encourage people to visit the part of Canada in which you are based?
The National Parks are a true treasure of Canada. The Rocky Mountains provide challenges and adventure for people of all
experience and fitness levels. Some people may discover the reward of the landscape through a viewfinder, and others
by venturing off the pavement into the vistas.
What sort of images can we expect from your camera roll?
Mountains, and people engaging challenge within them.
If you could sum up your daily life in one sentence, how would you describe it?
Seeking purpose, and trying to appreciate the fleeting nature of the present.
Finally, how would you describe Canada in three words?
Vast, diverse, beautiful.