Geoff Schellens Interview
Name: Geoff Schellens
Hometown: Norwich, VT
Current Residence: Bozeman, MT
Years Climbing/Skiing: 20 +/-
Years Guiding: 10
MAG: So Geoff, you recently returned from a successful summit of Everest and Lhotse with a private client… What was that like? Any specific highlights of the trip that stood out?
GS: It was an amazing experience, hard work at times but a lot of resting and being patient for a good weather window. I think climbing Lhotse was a highlight for me; we had the whole mountain to ourselves that day and beautiful views of the sunrise over the Himalaya that morning.
MAG: What’s on the docket for you now Geoff? Spending some time at the beach or heading back to the mountains?
GS: Ha, no beach time for this guy unfortunately. I’m right back to guiding in the North West for the summer. Heading down to Peru in a week to guide Alpamayo so that will be fun.
MAG: Do you remember a specific point in your life where you knew you wanted to pursue a career as a professional mountain guide?
GS: I guess I always wanted to work outside in the mountains. After graduating I began working in Outdoor Education and quickly found that I would end up in an office or broke so I started looking into guiding.
MAG: You’ve guided all over the world, is there a place that stands out as a favorite for you?
GS: That is a tough one. I love the Himalaya, Peru, and Alaska. I guess if I had to pick one it would probably be the Alaska Range. It’s such a stunning and inspiring range.
MAG: If you weren’t a mountain guide, what would you be doing instead?
GS: Either an astronaut or a mailman. Honestly, I have no idea.
MAG: Some folks might not know that you are also a very talented photographer (check his work out here: http://www.theexposededge.com/). When did this passion start?
GS: My dad is a photographer as well so I grew up playing with cameras and in the home made darkroom and I’ve just always kept a camera near by.
MAG: Alright Geoff, the final question and maybe the most important…. Would you rather fight 1 horse-sized duck, or 100 duck sized horses?
GS: One horse sized duck for sure.