Guides & Staff

Guides, Chefs & Staff

When there are more staff than guests, you know that our Top Service awards are truly deserved. Every need is taken care of in this all inclusive experience.

You are surrounded by some of the most supportive people when you’re there – and it was the hardest thing for me to say good-bye to. The staff is incredible. They ACTUALLY care about you, and they’re not paying me to say this. I have never felt so tended to, so nurtured, so supported, and so strengthened. – Edmonton, AB

The staff at the Alpine Lodge in Nelson, Canada or the team at the health spa resort in Baja, Mexico strive to provide you with 5 star service. We want you to enjoy this transformative experience as much as we love providing it. From housekeeping who cleans and provides laundry service, to the chefs preparing the meals and the guides who take you out onto the trails, your experience reflects our award winning service.

Kirkland Shave

Program Director, Life Coach, Lead Guide

Strong, focused, dedicated and nurturing — Kirkland embodies the essence of Mountain Trek. A park ranger and wilderness skills instructor for two decades, a certified hiking guide and a certified Life Coach, Kirk is a motivator who challenges guests to do more than they thought possible. His care and attention help guests make important and enduring lifestyle changes. Kirk walks the Mountain Trek talk…sometimes barefoot.


Head Guide, Fitness Director

Cathy has developed a fitness program at Mountain Trek that complements the hiking intensive. Her positive, upbeat manner inspires and motivates our guests; she is a true role model. For 25 years as a certified hiking guide, the outdoors have been her “office” where she has worked as a park ranger, an Outward Bound instructor, an avalanche technician, ski patroller, rappel forest firefighter and a Wilderness First Aid instructor. On the trail or in the gym, Cathy’s vitality and vigor are contagious.


Nutritionist, Guide

You’ll always eat your veggies after you’ve spent some time with Jenn! Her whole-hearted approach to food and diet is both passionate and inspiring. Jenn has been practicing and teaching about the healing qualities of whole foods for the last decade. With a background in psychology and nutrition, she delves deep into diet, lifestyle and emotional aspects of food, offering insightful and practical changes that garner huge results.


Guest Services

Michelle is usually the first person guests communicate with when booking a stay at Mountain Trek. She is our friendly, supportive and wonderful front-line person who ensures all the details of your stay are perfectly arranged and who provides a welcome reception upon your arrival.


Kinesiologist, Yoga Teacher, Guide

Energetic and passionate about health and fitness, Sage has been working in the field of wellness for years. She loves to travel and has taught yoga in Central and South America. She grew up in the West Kootenays where she developed her passion for the outdoors and since has completed her Bachelors Degree of Kinesiology from UBC – Vancouver.



Energetic and passionate about health and fitness, Simon recently completed a undergraduate degree specializing in stress and health. Beyond these passions he has grown up both playing and working throughout the the beautiful Kootenay mountains.

Katya Hayes

Yoga Teacher

Katya has been a dedicated yoga teacher for 15 years. She owns her own studio, and teaches classes ranging from gentle yoga for beginners to Power Vinyasa. Katya became the first western woman to receive certification by the International Korean Yoga Association. She has studied the ancient teachings of yoga and Buddhism and the traditions of Iyengar, Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow. For 12 years, Katya has been one of our primary yoga instructors.



Krista is a veteran guide with Mountain Trek and has been hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking in the West Kootenays for over a decade. Originally from Vernon, British Columbia, she followed her mother’s path into the outdoor guiding world and has never looked back.



Jeannie has been playing and working in the outdoors of British Columbia all her life. Born and raised in the West Kootenays, she loves nothing more than showing guests the beautiful secret spots around the region.

Guides, Chefs & Staff Provide These Benefits & Program Features:

All Inclusive Program Daily Laundry Cooking Tips Personalized Service
Recipes Lifestyle Coaching Daily Yoga Classes Cooking Tips
Alumni Events Available Extras Daily Foot Care Newsletters

Book NowPeople make the experience. The guides, chefs and staff work hard to ensure you are well taken care of throughout your stay, so that you will not only have fond memories of your time with us, but will want to come back again and again.

Choose your weeks now or call 800-661-5161 to talk with us about our staff or our all inclusive programs.

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